Easy-to-read medicine information about cilazapril – what is it, how to take cilazapril safely and possible side effects.
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What is cilazapril?
- Cilazapril is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). It works by relaxing the blood vessels and in this way lowers blood pressure.
- Cilazapril lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- It protects your kidneys, and is helpful in patients with diabetes or kidney disease.
- Cilazapril is also used to treat heart failure.
- Cilazapril is available as a tablet.
- The dose of cilazapril will be different for different people.
- Your doctor will usually start you on a low dose, and increase the dose depending on how you respond. This allows your body to get used to the medicine and reduces unwanted side effects.
- Always take your cilazapril exactly as your doctor has told you. The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much cilazapril to take, how often to take it, and any special instructions.
How to take cilazapril
- Take cilazapril at the same time each day. It is best taken in the morning.
- You can take cilazapril with or without food.
- Limit alcohol intake while you are taking cilazapril. Alcohol can increase your chance of side effects such as dizziness and light-headedness.
- If you forget to take your dose, take it as soon as you remember.
- But, if it is nearly time for your next dose, just take the next dose at the right time. Do not take double the dose.
- Do not take potassium tablets while you are taking cilazapril, unless your doctor tells you to.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, cilazapril can cause unwanted side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often unwanted side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.
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- Cilazapril may interact with a few medications and herbal supplements so check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting cilazapril or before starting any new medicines.
- Also, check with your pharmacist before taking over-the-counter medicines such as:
- Cold and flu medicines containing phenylephrine (e.g. Sudafed PE)
- Anti-inflammatories such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren Rapid), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen), naproxen (e.g. Naprogesic).
The following links provide further information on cilazapril.
New Zealand Formulary Patient Information: Cilazapril