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What should I know about Enalaprilat injection before receiving it?

You may feel very tired after starting Enalaprilat injection. Since this is normal, you should not stop taking Enalaprilat without consulting your doctor. African-Americans should be extra cautious when receiving this medication. Studies have shown that it is not as effective in African-Americans as it is in people of other ethnicities. African-Americans also are more likely to develop adverse side effects. Women should not receive Enalaprilat injection if they are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication can cause serious harm or death to a fetus.

Do not receive Enalaprilat injection if you develop swelling of your hands, feet, face or throat. People with liver or kidney conditions should avoid taking this medication. Certain medical conditions, such as high blood potassium, low blood counts, low blood sodium and bone marrow problems, can put you at a higher risk of side effects if you receive Enalaprilat injection. People with lupus, porphyria, collagen vascular disease or scleroderma should avoid Enalaprilat.

Also, people suffering from chest pain or problems with chest and brain arteries should not use this medication to treat their high blood pressure. Discuss with your doctor any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies you are taking before you begin using Enalaprilat injection. You should also discuss any medical conditions and allergies to food or medications that you have with your physician. This drug may put you at increased risk for dehydration or sunburn, so take steps to protect yourself from these conditions.  

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