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Enalapril is prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This medicine is an ACE inhibitor. It works by helping blood vessels relax. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, it can also protect kidney function and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. The brand version is Vasotec.
Please note: At this time, this medication is only prescribed as a refill at Dr. B.
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About Enalapril (Generic Vasotec)
How does it work?
Enalapril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a protein that causes blood vessels to tighten. This helps relax blood vessels and improve blood flow.
What does it treat?
This medicine is used to treat hypertension and heart failure. It can also help lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.
What forms does it come in?
This hypertension medicine is available as an immediate-release tablet and an extended-release tablet. It’s taken by mouth.
Enalapril vs. Vasotec
Enalapril is the generic name and Vasotec is a brand name for the same drug. Both contain the same active ingredient that helps lower blood pressure and manage heart-related conditions.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a high blood pressure prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Enalapril Maleate 10 mg (30 tablets) start at $6.25.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Enalapril Maleate 10 mg (30 tablets)*
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Enalapril (Generic Vasotec) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Enalapril (Generic Vasotec)?
- Lowers blood pressure
- Prevents heart failure
- Improves heart function in heart failure
- Reduces the risk of heart-related complications
- Protects the kidneys
- Lowers the risk of stroke
Who should not take this medication?
- Those who are allergic to Enalapril
- People with a known allergy or severe reaction to ACE inhibitors
- Pregnant women, breastfeeding or those planning to become pregnant
- Those with specific heart valve conditions
- People with a history of angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat)
- People with a rare genetic condition called hereditary angioedema
- Those with severe kidney disease or a history of kidney problems
- People who have high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
- Those who are taking Neprilysin Inhibitors like Entresto (Sacubitril/Valsartan)
- People who are taking Aliskiren, another type of blood pressure medication
If you have any of these conditions—or a history of dehydration, heart failure, diabetes, liver problems, low blood pressure (hypotension) or collagen vascular disease (such as lupus or scleroderma)—speak with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.
Taking this medication when you have these conditions should be carefully and closely monitored by a healthcare provider.
Also tell your medical provider about any other medications you’re using before you start this hypertension treatment.
How do you take this medication?
Take this medicine by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
High blood pressure is a long-term (chronic) condition that can harm your organs. Medications for blood pressure are not a one-time cure. This medicine doesn't provide a complete cure for high blood pressure, so it's important to continue taking it, even if you start feeling better. If you stop taking it suddenly, this could cause dangerous problems, like heart attack or stroke. Follow your medical provider's instructions carefully.
Also, please keep in mind that it may take some time for this medication to achieve its full effect in managing your blood pressure. Don't be discouraged if you don't notice immediate changes. Continue taking your medication as prescribed, and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of your blood pressure medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it’s almost time for the next dose, skip it. Don’t take two at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much of an ACE inhibitor like Enalapril can lead to problems like low blood pressure, dizziness and fainting.
If you’ve taken too much Enalapril, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Enalapril (Generic Vasotec) online?
You can get a convenient refill for your blood pressure medicine with Dr. B. Just complete a short health questionnaire to get started.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
Most people don’t experience side effects while using this medicine. If they do, the side effects are usually mild. The most common side effects are:
- Feeling tired
- Dizziness, especially when standing up
- Dry cough
Talk to your health provider if your side effects are bothering you or if they don’t get better. Get help right away if your symptoms are more severe, like chest pain, trouble breathing, severe swelling that occurs beneath the skin–most commonly in the face, lips, tongue, or throat (angioedema), swelling in your hands or feet or confusion.
This medication can potentially increase serum potassium levels, so it's important to keep an eye on your potassium levels when taking this medication. It's best to consult a healthcare provider for routine checks. It's a simple step that can help ensure your treatment's effectiveness and safety.
Getting your blood tested regularly is important to monitor your overall health. It's a good idea to have your bloodwork checked, which may include tests for renal function, glucose levels or potassium levels in your blood. These routine checks help ensure you are in good health and catch any potential issues early.