Quinapril (By mouth)
Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. This medicine is an ACE inhibitor.
AccuprilThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to quinapril, if you are pregnant, or if you have a history of angioedema caused by an ACE inhibitor.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
- Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use this medicine together with aliskiren if you have heart failure with low blood pressure or diabetes.
- Do not use this medicine together with another ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker if you have heart failure with low blood pressure, diabetes, or moderate to severe kidney problems.
Some medicines can affect how quinapril works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
- A diuretic (water pill)
- An NSAID pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Ask your doctor before you use any medicine, supplement, or salt substitute that contains potassium.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, heart or blood vessel disease, low blood pressure, or a collagen-vascular disease (such as lupus or scleroderma).
This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Intestinal swelling
- Liver or kidney problems
- This medicine could lower your blood pressure too much, especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated. Sit or lie down if you feel dizzy. Stand up carefully. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before you have surgery or medical tests.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Confusion, weakness, uneven heartbeat, trouble breathing, numbness or tingling in your hands, feet, or lips
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Fever, chills, sore throat, body aches
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
- Severe stomach pain
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dry cough
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 1/27/2017