Generic name: Moexipril.
Univasc is known as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It prevents the blood chemical angiotensin I from developing into angiotensin II. Angiotensin II increases salt and water levels in the body, thereby raising blood pressure. Univasc also expands blood vessels in the body, further reducing blood pressure.
Quick Facts About Univasc
Used to treat high blood pressure. Effective used alone or in conjunction with other high blood pressure medications such as diuretics. Does not cure high blood pressure; merely keeps it under control.
Take on an empty stomach, 1 hour before the same meal every day. Must take regularly for Univasc to be effective. Do not stop drug without consulting doctor.
- Usual adult dose: initially — 7.5 milligrams once per day. Doctor may increase dose up to 60 milligrams per day, taken once a day or divided into 2 doses.
- Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
- Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.
Univasc Side Effects
severe drop in blood pressure. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.
More common side effects: cough, diarrhea, dizziness, flu-like symptoms.
Less common Univasc side effects: fatigue, flushing, muscle pain, sore throat. Rare side effects: anemia, anxiety, appetite and weight changes, chest pain, constipation, difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, general feeling of ill health, heart attack, hives, irregular heartbeat, itching, joint pain, kidney problems, light sensitivity, low blood pressure, mood changes, nervousness, rash or skin disease, reduced amount of urine, ringing in ears, stroke, sweating, swelling of arms, legs, and face, vomiting.
Inform your doctor before combining Univasc with:
diuretics such as HydroDIURIL; diuretics that spare the body’s potassium such as Aldactone, Dyazide, and Moduretic; lithium; potassium supplements such as Micro-K and Slow-K; salt substitutes containing potassium.
No known food/other substance interactions.
Univasc can cause injury and death to a fetus when used during the second and third trimesters. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, stop taking medication and inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.
Seniors may be prescribed a lower dose due to age-related losses in kidney or liver functions.
Not generally prescribed for children.
- If swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, or legs, sore throat or fever, or difficulty breathing occurs, contact your doctor immediately; this may be an emergency situation.
- Light-headedness may occur in first days of therapy. If you faint, stop medication, call your doctor.
- Do not take potassium or salt substitutes without informing your doctor.
- Your kidney function should be thoroughly assessed before beginning medication and monitored regularly throughout therapy.
- Use caution if you have a history of: congestive heart failure or other circulatory disorders; kidney disease; diabetes; a collagen-vascular disease such as lupus erythematosus.
- Should not take medication if allergic to Univasc or similar medications, such as Capoten and Vasotec, or to bee or wasp stings.
- Monitor vomiting, diarrhea, and heavy perspiration; dehydration can drop your blood pressure. Avoid strenuous exercise and very hot weather, and drink plenty of water. If combining Univasc with high doses of diuretics, your doctor may reduce your diuretic.
- May affect the liver. Stop treatment and notify doctor immediately if skin or whites of eyes begin to turn yellow.
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