enalapril, Vasotec (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: ACE inhibitors, including enalapril, can be harmful to the fetus and should not be taken by pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: ACE inhibitors, including enalapril, should be avoided in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Enalapril is generally well tolerated, and side effects usually are mild and transient. A dry, persistent cough has been reported commonly with the use of ACE inhibitors. Coughing resolves after discontinuing the medication. Other side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, chest pain, fainting, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, rash, and a sore or swollen throat. In rare instances, liver dysfunction and skin yellowing (jaundice) have been reported with ACE inhibitors. In susceptible individuals ACE inhibitors may reduce kidney function. Enalapril may cause hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions and angioedema (swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat).

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 12/20/2011



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