Prinivil is an ideal cure for high blood pressure. If taken with certain other medications, Prinivil can also help in the cure of heart attacks. Prinivil can also be used for curing certain other conditions as and when determined by your medical practitioner.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Prinivil with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
Please drink a full glass of water with Prinivil.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Prinivil being an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor seeks to relax the blood vessels. It also seeks to lower the blood pressure and also helps the heart to pump blood with more ease.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Prinivil at room temperature (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using Prinivil if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like angioedema, or are pregnant or are a child with liver diseases.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Your condition might be monitored or the dosage might be modified to suit you if you have conditions like angioedema, especially in black patients who are more prone to it, or have kidney problems as well as vascular diseases.
Prinivil may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Prinivil. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
Prinivil tends to lower the immunity system of the body making it more prone towards a number of diseases. Avoid taking stimulants which may also include diet pills.
Special care should be taken of patients suffering from high blood pressure as they can be affected the most. Even diabetic patients should be cautious and try to maintain a regular blood sugar level while under the prescription for Prinivil. Even elderly patients should be properly looked after when under the effect of Prinivil.
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests like to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of Prinivil. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Prinivil to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Prinivil as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include cough, diarrhea, tiredness, dizziness as well as headache.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like severe allergic reactions leading to difficulty breathing, swelling of various parts of the body, chest pain, infection, irregular heartbeat, symptoms of low blood pressure, stomach ache, itching, rashes, decreased urination, difficulty in swallowing, stomach pain and also severe dizziness and lightheadedness and even yellowing of the skin or even the eyes.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.