Vasotec (generic name: enalapril; brand names include: Renitec / BQL / Benalipril / Amprace / Alphapril / Converten / Enalagamma / Enatec / Envas / Invoril / Xanef) belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Vasotec is primarily used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Vasotec is also used in the treatment of heart failure to slow the progression of the disease and reduce the symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling of the feet and ankles.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take Vasotec exactly as directed.
The usual starting dose for high blood pressure is 5 mg taken once a day. Some patients may need a lower starting dose. The dose may need to be increased depending on response to the medicine.
The usual starting dose for heart failure is 2.5 mg taken once a day. Depending on your response, this dose may need to be increased up to 20 mg each day. This dose may be taken once a day or divided into two doses per day.
Tell your doctor before taking Vasotec, if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have diabetes or kidney problems;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: enalapril maleate.