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Enalaprilat Solution for injection

This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure

Generic Name: enalapril  |  Brand Name: Vasotec

Brand Names: Vasotec, Enalapril Maleate

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

  • May cause fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality if used during pregnancy. See Fetal/Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality under Cautions.
  • If pregnancy is detected, discontinue as soon as possible.

What is this medicine?

ENALAPRILAT (e NAL a pril at) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bone marrow disease
  • heart or blood vessel disease
  • if you are on a special diet, such as a low salt diet
  • immune system disease like lupus
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • low blood pressure
  • previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to enalapril, other ACE inhibitors, insect venom, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • potassium salts or potassium supplements

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • chest pain
  • decreased amount of urine passed
  • difficulty breathing, or difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness, light headedness or fainting spells
  • fever or chills
  • numbness or tingling in your fingers or toes
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • swelling of your legs or ankles
  • unusual bleeding or bruising or pinpoint red spots on the skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough
  • decreased sexual function or desire
  • sun sensitivity
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: April 20, 2009
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