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ACE inhibitors are used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure in adults.
Precautions for Accupril
Blood pressure medicines called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) may be associated with increased risk of birth defects if taken during early pregnancy (first three months, or first trimester).
On June 8, 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article reporting a study that showed babies whose mothers had taken an ACE inhibitor during the first three months of pregnancy had an increased risk of birth defects. The number of birth defects was small, and the study has not been repeated.
Before this study, it was known that ACE inhibitors can harm an unborn baby when taken during the last six months of pregnancy (second and third trimester).
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and take a blood pressure medicine, talk with your healthcare professional. High blood pressure is a condition that needs treatment. Your healthcare professional can advise you on the blood pressure medicine that is best for you and your baby during pregnancy.
Side Effects of Accupril
The following are the major potential risks and side
effects of ACE inhibitor therapy. However, this list is not complete.
- Birth defects or death of an unborn baby.
- Kidney problems that include worsening of kidney problems that you already have. Symptoms include a sudden weight gain and swelling of your arms, hands, legs, and feet.
The most common side effects with ACE inhibitors are:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
Who Should Not Take Accupril
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and take a blood pressure medicine, talk with your healthcare professional. ACE inhibitors can harm or even cause death to an unborn baby (fetus) if taken during the last six months of pregnancy.
Interactions with Accupril
ACE inhibitors and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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