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Quinapril is the generic version of Accupril, a tablet commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). An angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, this medication relaxes blood vessels, which can help manage high blood pressure. It can also reduce the risk of kidney damage, stroke, heart attack or heart failure.
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About Quinapril (Generic Accupril)
How does it work?
Quinapril belongs to a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels, which helps them to widen. This lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart's workload. It also helps the heart pump blood more efficiently, making it beneficial for conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure.
What does it treat?
Quinapril is primarily used as a treatment for high blood pressure. It can also be prescribed to manage or treat heart failure and improve survival after a heart attack.
What forms does it come in?
This hypertension medicine comes as tablets you take by mouth once or twice a day. A licensed provider will determine your specific dosage based on your condition and response to treatment. To reduce the risk of side effects, they may have you start at a low dose and gradually increase your amount over time.
Quinapril vs. Accupril
Quinapril and Accupril are both blood pressure medications that contain Quinapril as their active ingredient. They work in the same way to treat hypertension and heart failure. Accupril is a brand version of Quinapril, so it may cost more than its generic counterpart.
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 Quinapril 20 mg (30 tablets) start at $2.08.
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Quinapril 20 mg (30 tablets)*
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Quinapril (Generic Accupril) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Quinapril (Generic Accupril)?
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack
- Protects the kidneys
- Improves heart function
- Reduces the risk of death from heart disease
- Improves heart attack recovery
Who should not take this medication?
- Those allergic to Quinapril
- 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?
You take this blood pressure medicine by mouth with or without food, 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, take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, just skip it and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up or take more medication to compensate for the missed amount.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much Quinapril can lower blood pressure too much, causing dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. If you’ve taken too much, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
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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.
Only some people experience side effects while taking Quinapril. Common side effects are often mild and go away once your body adjusts to the medication. These mild side effects include:
- Dry cough
Serious side effects are rare. But seek medical attention if you experience severe swelling that occurs beneath the skin–most commonly in the face, lips, tongue, or throat (angioedema), any changes in bleeding, bruising, response to infection or pale skin. Also, be alert for signs of high blood potassium levels like muscle weakness, a slow or irregular heartbeat and fainting. Look for signs of kidney problems like changes in the color or amount of your urine. And get medical help immediately if you experience liver damage symptoms like constant vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, dark urine or yellowing skin or eyes.
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.