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Accupril (Quinapril) is an antihypertensive medicine which works by inhibiting ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). This allows for a reduction in blood pressure.

Brand Name : Accupril
Manufacturer : Pfizer
Country of Origin : Germany
Intended Patient : Unisex
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High blood pressure treatment Quinapril Accupril

Accupril (Quinapril) is an antihypertensive medicine which works by inhibiting ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). This allows for a reduction in blood pressure. In the body, there is a hormone system known as the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), and its function is to control the levels of fluids in the body, as well as the blood pressure.

The RAS also controls the conversion of angiotensin I into angiotensin II. This is catalyzed by the ACE (angiotensin enzyme), and the production of angiotensin II (which has vasoconstrictive properties) can lead to the tightening of the blood vessels, which results in high blood pressure.

It can also affect the secretion of aldosterone and increase fluid levels in the body, yet another way in which it contributes to high blood pressure. By blocking the ACE, the production of angiotensin II is inhibited, and it is prevented from constricting the veins. This leads to better control and management of blood pressure, and doctors often combine medical treatment with other measures (such as diet and exercise) so as to ensure that the optimum results are achieved.

Dosage and Administration
Accupril (Quinapril) tablets each contain 5mg of the active ingredient. Various factors will be taken into consideration by your doctor when determining the frequency of administration. The dosage is normally different for patients who are taking it as a monotherapy (on its own) to those who are being given it concomitantly with diuretics. Doctors normally direct adults who are also being treated with a diuretic to start treatment with 5mg per day. This is to ensure that excessively low blood pressure (hypotension) does not occur. After this, the doctor may decide to titrate the dosage so as to achieve the most effective results.

Side effects
Some patients who take Accupril (Quinapril) might experience side effects, and a list of examples is given here:

  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Rhinitis
  • Headaches
  • Digestive disruption

It is necessary to make your doctor aware of all side effects which are experienced during treatment. Call a doctor straight away or attend the hospital if you suffer from reduced urination, a weak feeling, symptoms indicative of high potassium levels or any other serious reactions not listed here.

There is a possibility that some patients taking this medicine may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure. In addition to this, medical checks will be scheduled for patients at regular intervals. Attend all medical appointments.

Pregnant women must not be treated with this drug. Also, if a pregnancy occurs while it is being taken, a doctor should be consulted straight away.

Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.

Always use Accupril (Quinapril) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.

This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you suffer from any allergies.
  • If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
  • If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
  • If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.

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