Monopril belongs to the class of medications called ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Monopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure. This medication may also be used to help protect the kidneys from harm due to diabetes.
Take Monopril exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended adult dose ranges from 10 mg to 40 mg daily in a single daily dose, with or without meals. The recommended starting dosage for most people with high blood pressure (hypertension) is 10 mg once daily. The recommended starting dosage for most people with congestive heart failure is 10 mg once a day. For congestive heart failure, the maximum recommended dose is 40 mg daily.
Before taking Monopril you should talk with your doctor if you have heart disease, congestive heart failure, aortic stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, liver disease, cirrhosis, kidney disease, kidney failure, diabetes, Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), angioedema, any allergies. This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects.
You should not take Monopril if you are allergic to fosinopril or to any of the ingredients of the medication, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have angioedema after taking any ACE inhibitors. It should not be used by a child younger than 6 years of age.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have cough, diarrhea, headache, fever, loss of taste sensation, nausea, unusual tiredness, chest pain, joint pain, abdominal pain, itching of skin, yellow eyes or skin, loss of appetite, dizziness, lightheadedness, irregular heartbeat, nervousness, tingling in hands, feet, weakness, trouble swallowing, swelling of the face, tongue, throat, difficulty breathing, hives. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: lithium, potassium supplements (K-Dur, Klor-Con), diuretics (furosemide, torsemide, bumetanide), antacids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (celecoxib, etodolac, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin), blood pressure medications (metoprolol, bumetanide, triamterene). Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are dizziness, fainting.
Store the medicine at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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