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US Brand Name Altace
Generic Name Ramipril
Other Brand Name CARDACE
Manufacturer AVENTIS, Dr Reddy's
Packing 10
Form Tablet, Capsule
Strength 10 mg, 5 mg, 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg

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Introduction

Generic Altace is a prescription medicine that belongs to group of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. The drug is mainly used for treating congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and for increasing the survival chances after heart attack. The drug is also used for treating a number of problems. It mainly works by controlling symptoms of the condition. It can be used by children as well.


Use

Being recognized as ACE inhibitor, the drug helps in treating hypertension, prevents the chances of heart failure followed by heart attack and reduces the risk of getting suffered from stroke and heart attack. Generic Altace works by blocking the angiotensin-converting enzyme. This provides relaxation to blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Generic Altace also helps in increasing the efficiency of heart. Reason being, when a person takes the medication, the heart does not need to work hard and pump more blood from rest of the body. This helps in preventing the chances of suffering from congestive heart failure.


Side effects

Some of the less serious side-effects of generic Altace are cough, nausea, vomiting, headache, spinning sensation, etc. Like all other drugs, the generic Altace shows some of the serious side-effects as well. Some of the serious side-effects of the condition are jaundice, pale skin, dry mouth, high potassium level, easy bruising, sores in throat and mouth, etc. It is important to consult with the doctor immediately if a person experiences these kinds of severe symptoms.


storage

The drug should be stored at room temperature, away from the reach of children, heat and moisture.


Composition

Ramipril acts as main ingredient in the drug.


Dosage and administration

After knowing medical facts about a person, doctor determines the dosage of medicine. For people with hypertension and congestive heart failure, the starting recommended dosage is 2.5 mg one per day. Based on the response, the dosage can be increased or decreased by doctors. The dosage is taken with a full glass of water and with or without food. It is important to not to break or chew the tablet, rather it should be swallowed as a whole. Do not stop taking it before consulting with doctor.


Overdosage

Avoid taking overdosage of the drug as it may show symptoms like light-headed, fainting or sometimes extremely dizzy. In case of these symptoms, seek medical attention on immediate basis.


Clinical performance

When the drug was compared with other ACE inhibitors, atenolol, etc., it was found that the drug was as effective as other ACE inhibitors and atenolol. When dosage ranging between 5mg to 20 mg is given to patients, the generic Altace has lowered blood pressure within the time span of 1-2 hours. Another thing which was noticed is that factors like weight, sex and age of a person does not affect the effectiveness of the drug.