GENERIC NAME: ENALAPRILAT - INJECTABLE (en-AL-ah-pril-at)
BRAND NAME(S): Vasotec IV
USES: Enalaprilat is an injectable form of the oral drug, enalapril. It is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure when patients cannot take the oral form of this medication. Enalaprilat works by blocking an enzyme in the body called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This enzyme produces a chemical that narrows blood vessels and raises blood pressure.
OTHER USES: This drug may also be used to help prevent kidney problems in diabetics.
HOW TO USE: Inject this medication directly into a vein (IV) over 5 minutes or give IV over at least 5 minutes mixed in a dextrose- containing (e.g., D5W) or saline solution (NS) usually every 6 hours; or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. For details regarding mixing instructions, consult a pharmacist. You may be switched to an oral form of this drug when you are able to take medication by mouth. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
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