How should I take Vasotec?

Vasotec, a drug used to treat high blood pressure or heart failure, comes as a tablet that starts to work within hours. It's likely that your doctor will start you on 5 milligrams (mg) once a day; depending on how your blood pressure responds, he or she may increase the dose to between 10 and 40 mg per day. You may take that in a single pill or take half that amount at two different times of day. You can take Vasotec with or without food.

It is a good idea to take Vasotec at the same time or times every day so you don't forget to take it. Follow the directions on the label and ask your doctor to explain anything you don't understand. Take only the amount your doctor prescribes. Don't stop taking Vasotec without talking with your doctor—keep taking it even if you feel well.

If your blood pressure does not reach the desired level with Vasotec, your doctor may ask you to add a diuretic (water pill).

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