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What should I know about trandolapril before taking it?

Drink lots of water while you are taking trandolapril and be careful not to become dehydrated, as this can decrease blood pressure and cause an imbalance in electrolytes. Never use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while taking trandolapril, unless instructed by your doctor. Do not drink alcohol while using trandolapril, as this can decrease your blood pressure to dangerous levels. You should not take trandolapril if you are pregnant; it is harmful to the fetus. You should not nurse your baby while taking trandolapril; it passes through breast milk. You should not take trandolapril if you are allergic to angiotensin-converting enzymes (ACE) inhibitors. Missed doses should be taken as soon as you remember, unless it is too close to your next dose. In that case you should just skip the missed dose and get back on your regular schedule. Trandolapril will work more efficiently if you do not miss any doses and stay on a regular schedule. Alert your doctor to any medical issues you may have such as heart disease or congestive heart failure. If you have diabetes or connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor should be made aware. Let your doctor know if you have any kidney or liver issues. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Trandolapril can be taken with or without food. You will have to have regular blood tests so your doctor can monitor adverse effects. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly as well. Do not stop taking this medication, even if you feel okay. You should store trandolapril at room temperature. Some other medications that may interact with trandolapril are lithium, gold injections (arthritis treatments), potassium supplements, salt substitutes, and diuretics. You should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and any over-the-counter medications. If you take too much trandolapril, get emergency help immediately.

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