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    Information about Ramipril

    Ramipril uses

    Ramipril is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    How ramipril works

    Ramipril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by reducing stress on the heart and relaxing blood vessel so that blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.

    Common side effects of ramipril

    Decreased blood pressure, Cough, Increased potassium level in blood, Fatigue, Weakness, Dizziness, Renal impairment

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    Expert advice for Ramipril

    • You may get a dry cough while using Ramipril. Report to your doctor if there is a persistent cough.
    • Ramipril may cause the level of potassium in blood to go up. Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you have rapid swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat that may affect breathing.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • You shouldn’t take Ramipril if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Ramipril may cause birth defects or be fatal to your unborn baby.

    Frequently asked questions for Ramipril


    Q. Is Ramipril safe to use?

    Ramipril is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

    Q. Is Ramipril a diuretic?

    No, Ramipril is not a diuretic. It belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors), which is mainly used to reduce high blood pressure.

    Q. Is Ramipril a nitrate or a statin?

    Ramipril is neither a nitrate nor a statin. It is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure.

    Q. Can I take Ramipril with Ibuprofen?

    Ibuprofen can be taken with Ramipril, however, it is known that ibuprofen and other NSAIDs may reduce the antihypertensive effects of ramipril. Consult your doctor about any medications currently taken before starting and while on ramipril

    Q. Does Ramipril cause cough?

    Yes, non-productive tickling cough, is one of the common side effects of Ramipril.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause frequent urination?

    No, Ramipril has no known effect on increasing the frequency of urination. It may rarely increase the urine output but not affect the frequency of urination.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause itching?

    Yes, Ramipril may cause itching of skin. However, It is not very commonly observed.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause an increase in potassium levels in the blood?

    Yes, increased potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia) is one the common side effects of Ramipril.

    Q. Does Ramipril cause depression?

    Yes, Ramipril may cause depression; however, it is not very commonly observed.

    Q. Does Ramipril known to cause thinning of the blood?

    No. Ramipril has no known effect on blood thinning.

    Q. Can I take Ramipril with sildenafil?

    Yes, Ramipril can be taken with Sildenafil. However, there could be an excessive fall in blood pressure when taken together and you can experience symptoms like dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, flushing, headache, or an increased heart rate. So, special caution must be taken when taking both the drugs together and inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 May, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)