PRESCRIBED FOR: Fosinopril is used for treating high blood pressure. Its blood pressure lowering effect can be further enhanced by adding a diuretic medication ("water pill") such as hydrochlorothiazide. Fosinopril also is used for the treatment of congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood, and fluid collects within the body. In patients with congestive heart failure, the ACE inhibitor class of medications has been shown to reduce symptoms and hospitalization and to improve survival. After a heart attack, ACE inhibitors improve the function of the damaged heart and reduce symptoms and hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure.
SIDE EFFECTS: Fosinopril is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are:
Other important and serious side effects, although rare, include:
- liver failure,
- low white blood cell counts (neutropenia) and
- angioedema (swelling of lips and throat that can obstruct breathing).
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