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How can I minimize the side effects of Mavik?

You can minimize the side effects of the blood pressure drug Mavik (trandolapril) by taking it as your doctor prescribes. Do not take more, or take it more often, than directed. Try to take Mavik at the same time each day.

Starting with a relatively low dose of Mavik can help minimize side effects. When you start taking Mavik, your doctor will likely start you on a low dose of 1 milligram (mg) and monitor your blood pressure to determine whether you need a higher dose. African Americans may be started on a dose of 2 mg because the drug is less potent in that population.

Mavik can interact with certain other medications. Before you start taking it, tell your doctor about all your other medications (prescription or over-the-counter), as well as any supplements you take. Once you're on Mavik, don't start another drug or supplement without talking with your doctor first. Because certain medical conditions can increase your risk for side effects from Mavik, you should also give your doctor a complete medical history before starting the drug.

You may experience dizziness or lightheadedness when standing or sitting up, especially in the first few days of taking Mavik. Avoid getting up too quickly. Tell your doctor if the problem doesn't go away after a few days. If you faint, stop taking Mavik until you talk to your doctor.

You should avoid excessive sweating and low fluid intake while you're on Mavik, because these can increase the risk of your blood pressure falling too low. Do not drink alcohol, which, combined with Mavik, can make you drowsy or dizzy.

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