PRESCRIBED FOR: Trandolapril can be used alone in treating high blood pressure. Its blood pressure lowering effect can be further enhanced by the addition of a diuretic medication ("water pill"), such as hydrochlorothiazide, or other antihypertensive medications. Trandolapril also is used for treating congestive heart failure. Use of trandolapril after a heart attack decreases the risk of death and hospitalizations related to heart failure.
SIDE EFFECTS: Trandolapril is generally well tolerated. The most common side effects are:
- sexual dysfunction, and
- abnormal liver tests.
Impairment of kidney function has been reported with ACE inhibitors, especially in patients with severe heart failure or pre-existing kidney disease. In rare instances, low white blood cell counts have been reported with the use of trandolapril. Low white blood cells increase the risk of infections. Trandolapril may cause hypersensitivity reactions and angioedema (swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat).
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 1, 2, and 4 mg.
STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).
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