Ramipril is a hypertension medication that can effectively treat high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. This medication is known as an ACE inhibitor and works by relaxing and widening blood vessels to make it easier for blood to be pumped around the body.
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What is Ramipril?

Ramipril is a medicine that treats hypertension and other cardiovascular concerns such as heart failure and may also be prescribed after a heart attack. This medication may also be used to prevent future strokes or kidney problems from occurring and works to improve your heart function.

How does it work?

Ramipril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medicine. ACE inhibitors relax and widen the blood vessels, which makes it easier for the blood to be pumped throughout the body. This medication also decreases your body's production of substances that might raise your blood pressure. 

Is Ramipril suitable for me?

If you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, then this medication may be suitable for you. Consult with your doctor before beginning this medication as there are many underlying health concerns and medications that may interfere with Ramipril.

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Side Effects

All medications can cause potential side effects, below we have listed some potential side effects, however, these do not always occur.

  • Headache or feeling tired
  • Feeling dizzy. This is more likely to happen when you start taking ramipril or start taking a higher dose
  • Fainting, hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure), especially when you stand or sit up quickly 
  • Dry tickly cough, inflammation of your sinuses (sinusitis) or bronchitis, shortness of breath 
  • Stomach or gut pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, feeling or being sick

  •  Skin rash with or without raised area

  • Chest pain

  • Cramps or pain in your muscles

  • Blood tests showing more potassium than usual in your blood.

Disclaimer: This website does not constitute as medical advice, you should also consult with a doctor before taking medication. If you experience any major reactions to any medication you are taking, you must seek immediate medical attention.


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Commonly Used Dosage Guidelines for Ramipril.

For the treatment of hypertension:

  • The usual starting dose is 1.25 mg or 2.5 mg once daily. Your doctor will adjust the amount you take until your blood pressure is controlled.
  • The maximum dose is 10 mg once daily.
  • If you are already taking diuretics (water tablets), your doctor may stop or reduce the amount of the diuretic you take before beginning treatment with ramipril.

To reduce the risk of you having a heart attack or stroke:

  • The usual starting dose is 2.5 mg once daily.
  • Your doctor may then decide to increase the amount you take. The usual dose is 10 mg once daily.

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Can I have Ramipril and alcohol?

Drinking alcohol with Ramipril may make you feel dizzy or light-headed. If you are concerned about how much you can drink while you are taking ramipril, discuss this with your doctor as medicines used to reduce blood pressure and alcohol can have additive effects.

Is Ramipril a blood thinner?

No, Ramipril is not a blood thinner. Blood thinners are known as anticoagulants and work by interrupting the process involved in the formation of blood clots.

How long does it take for Ramipril to work?

Ramipril will usually begin to work within a few hours of taking the medication but will usually take several weeks to fully come into effect. Because high blood pressure does not have any symptoms, you may not feel any different when you take Ramipril.

What should I avoid when taking Ramipril?

Do not use salt substitutes such as Lo-Salt. This is because they're high in potassium. When mixed with ramipril, they may make the level of potassium in your blood too high.

The are no other foods or drinks you need to avoid while taking ramipril.

Eating well can help if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.

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