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What is Altace?

Altace, which is made up of ramipril, is an ACE inhibitor (angiotensin converting enzyme). Altace comes in capsule form for oral administration, and is usually red, blue, orange or yellow (depending on the strength and if its brand or generic). We have both the brand (Altace) and the generic (ramipril) form of this medication available in 1.5mg, 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg.


What is Altace used for?

Altace is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure increases your chance of heart attack and stroke, as well as heart failure. Sometimes Altace also is prescribed to improve the survival chances after a heart attack has occurred.


How does Altace work?

This medication works by blocking the substance in your body that causes blood vessels to tighten (which causes higher blood pressure), this results in more relaxed blood vessels while increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, creating lower blood pressure.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food.

Average frequency is once or twice daily.

Swallow this medication whole, If it is not possible, sprinkle the contents into apple sauce (4 ounces) OR mixed in water or apple juice (4 ounces). You must drink the entire mixture.

Dosage is based on your body’s reaction to the treatment as well as the status of your medical condition.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies before taking this medication.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.  This medication may harm an unborn baby.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease, liver disease, high level of potassium, or a connective tissue disease.

It is unknown if this passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor for more info.

Do not use ramipril if you are also on medication for diabetes.

Do not use this medication if you have had angioedema.

Do not use this medication within 36 hours of taking medicine that contains sacubitril.

Side Effects

Common Altace side effects may include:

headache; cough; or dizziness, weakness, tired feeling.

Call your doctor right away if you have

a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes); little or no urination; fever, chills, sore throat; or high potassium - nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement.


What is Ramipril?

Ramipril is the active ingredient found inside Altace, a brand-name medication. Ramipril belongs to the drug class of ACE inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors); these types of drugs have an effect on angiotensin II production in the body. Ramipril is also the name of the generic alternative for Altace; we carry both the brand and the generic form of Altace at My Drug Center. To purchase Altace (ramipril), a valid prescription is required.


What is Ramipril used for?

Ramipril is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Angiotensin II is a hormone produced (both systemically and locally) within the kidneys; these hormones narrow the blood vessels and raise blood pressure. Ramipril is effective at lowering blood pressure because it is able to inhibit the enzyme responsible for the hormone; this blocks the production of angiotensin and prevents the narrowing of blood vessels, which ultimately prevents high blood pressure. This medication may also be used for other conditions not listed here.


What is Ramipril 2.5mg used for?

Ramipril 2.5mg is used as the initial dose for treatment of high blood pressure, as well as other indications the medication may be prescribed for, such as congestive heart failure. 2.5mg is the lowest dose available; most doctors will begin you on a low dose while gradually increasing it until you have found a strength that is both effective and tolerable.


Ramipril how long to take effect?

Ramipril will begin to lower blood pressure only a few hours after starting treatment. However, you will likely not notice an improvement right away; it could take up to a few weeks before you feel the full effects of the drug. If you are taking this medication for heart failure, it could take longer; up to a few months.


Who makes Altace?

Altace is manufactured by Pfizer, an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation. Pfizer is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, producing many other popular brand-name medications such as Viagra (erectile dysfunction) and Lipitor (high cholesterol).

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