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Brand Names: Altace

Generic Name: ramipril (Pronunciation: RAM i pril)

What is ramipril (Altace)?

Ramipril is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Ramipril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack.

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

Altace 1.25 mg

yellow, capsule, imprinted with ALTACE 1.25 mg, MP

Altace 10 mg

blue, capsule, imprinted with ALTACE 10 MG, HOECHST

Altace 2.5 mg

orange, capsule, imprinted with ALTACE 2.5 mg, MP

Altace 5 mg

red, capsule, imprinted with ALTACE 5 mg

Ramipril 1.25 mg-APO

capsule, white/yellow, imprinted with APO, 1.25

Ramipril 1.25 mg-COB

capsule, white/yellow, imprinted with LOGO, RP 1.25

Ramipril 1.25 mg-ROX

capsule, yellow, imprinted with 54 328

Ramipril 10 mg-APO

blue/white, imprinted with APO, 10

Ramipril 10 mg-COB

capsule, blue/white, imprinted with LOGO, RP 10

Ramipril 10 mg-ROX

capsule, blue, imprinted with 54 602

Ramipril 10 mg-TEV

capsule, blue, imprinted with 93 7438

Ramipril 2.5 mg-APO

red/white, imprinted with APO, 2.5

Ramipril 2.5 mg-COB

capsule, orange/white, imprinted with LOGO, RP 2.5

Ramipril 2.5 mg-ROX

capsule, orange, imprinted with 54 794

Ramipril 2.5 mg-TEV

capsule, yellow, imprinted with 93 7436

Ramipril 5 mg-APO

red/white, imprinted with APO, 5

Ramipril 5 mg-COB

capsule, red/white, imprinted with LOGO, RP 5

Ramipril 5 mg-ROX

capsule, orange, imprinted with 54 145

Ramipril 5 mg-TEV

capsule, pink, imprinted with 93 7437

What are the possible side effects of ramipril (Altace)?

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.

Stop taking ramipril and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • high potassium level (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling;
  • dry mouth, thirst, confusion, swelling, and urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • pale skin, dark colored urine, easy bruising or bleeding;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat.

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 ramipril (Altace)?

Do not use ramipril 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 ramipril.

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

Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include: vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, dehydration, a low salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using ramipril. 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 fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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