Altace (Ramipril) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Relieving high blood pressure can help to prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Ramipril is also used to improve survival after a heart attack and can be used in high risk patients (such as patients with heart disease/diabetes) to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Altace is also known for being able to treat heart failure in patients who have had a recent heart attack. Ramipril belongs to a class of medications known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing the blood vessels to allow the blood to flow more freely. Ramipril is taken with or without food usually once or twice daily.
We currently offer the brand Altace from Canada by Bausch Health, India (Cardace) and Turkey (Delix) manufactured by Sanofi Aventis. The generic Ramipril is available from United Kingdom and Canada by different manufacturers. It may come from other international countries. Altace and the generic Ramipril is available in the strength of 1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg and 15 mg tablets and capsules.
Taking Ramipril may cause some common side effects such as dizziness, light-headedness, or tiredness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Dry cough may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Although it may be used to help treat kidney problems, it may rarely cause some serious kidney problems or make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of kidney problems such as a change in the amount of urine. Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking ramipril. In addition, this drug may cause serious liver problems. Inform your doctor right away if you notice any of the following rare side effects such as: yellowing eyes/skin dark urine severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).
Do not take this medication if you are allergic. Before taking this medication, talk to your doctor if you have a medical history of an allergic reaction which includes swelling of the face/lips/tongue/throat (angioedema), blood filtering procedures (such as LDL apheresis, dialysis), high level of potassium in the blood. This drug may cause you to experience dizziness and light-headedness. Combining this medication with alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you dizzier. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires you to be alert until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). To reduce the risk of dizziness and light-headedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Altace should not be used during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.