quinapril (Accupril)

Brand Names: Accupril

Generic Name: quinapril (Pronunciation: KWIN a pril)

What is quinapril (Accupril)?

Quinapril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Quinapril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure.

Quinapril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Accupril 10 mg

triangular, brown, imprinted with PD 530, 10

Accupril 20 mg

round, brown, imprinted with PD 532, 20

Accupril 40 mg

oblong, brown, imprinted with PD535, 40

Accupril 5 mg

elliptical, brown, imprinted with PD 527, 5

Quinapril 10 mg-APO

oblong, brown, imprinted with QU-10, APO

Quinapril 10 mg-GRE

triangular, brown, imprinted with 10, G 019

Quinapril 10 mg-MYL

round, orange, imprinted with M, 226

Quinapril 10 mg-PAR

triangular, brown, imprinted with A 242

Quinapril 10 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with RX 549

Quinapril 10 mg-TEV1

oval, brown, imprinted with 93, 1051

Quinapril 20 mg-APO

oblong, brown, imprinted with APO, QU-20

Quinapril 20 mg-GRE

round, brown, imprinted with 20, G 020

Quinapril 20 mg-MYL

round, orange, imprinted with M, 254

Quinapril 20 mg-PAR

round, brown, imprinted with A 243

Quinapril 20 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with RX 550

Quinapril 20 mg-TEV1

oblong, brown, imprinted with 93, 1045

Quinapril 40 mg-APO

oval, brown, imprinted with APO, QU-40

Quinapril 40 mg-GRE

elliptical, brown, imprinted with 40, G 021

Quinapril 40 mg-MYL

round, orange, imprinted with M, 272

Quinapril 40 mg-PAR

oval, brown, imprinted with A 244

Quinapril 40 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with RX 551

Quinapril 40 mg-TEV1

oval, brown, imprinted with 93, 1053

Quinapril 5 mg-APO

oval, brown, imprinted with APO, Q 5

Quinapril 5 mg-GRE

elliptical, brown, imprinted with 5, G 022

Quinapril 5 mg-MYL

round, orange, imprinted with M, 1 7

Quinapril 5 mg-PAR

oval, brown, imprinted with R2 41

Quinapril 5 mg-TEV

round, white, imprinted with 18

Quinapril 5 mg-TEV1

round, brown, imprinted with 93, 1050

What are the possible side effects of quinapril (Accupril)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling);
  • chest pain;
  • urinating more or less than usual, or not at all;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain; or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about quinapril (Accupril)?

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use quinapril if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of quinapril.

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking quinapril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking quinapril (Accupril)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to quinapril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).

To make sure you can safely take quinapril, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use quinapril if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Quinapril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking quinapril.

Quinapril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take quinapril (Accupril)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

Drink plenty of water while you are taking quinapril.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney or liver function will need to be checked with blood tests. Visit your doctor regularly.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using quinapril. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose (Accupril)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Accupril)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme dizziness or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking quinapril (Accupril)?

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking quinapril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of quinapril.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

What other drugs will affect quinapril (Accupril)?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • gold injections to treat arthritis;
  • lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith);
  • tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap);
  • a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con;
  • salt substitutes that contain potassium;
  • a diuretic (water pill); or
  • aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with quinapril. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about quinapril.


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.

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