What should I avoid while taking Accupril?

While using the blood pressure medication Accupril (quinapril), take the following precautions:
  • Don't drive, use machinery or do anything that requires mental alertness until you're used to Accupril because it can make you sleepy and dizzy.
  • Don't stand or sit up quickly, because doing so can make you feel dizzy or faint (a sign of lowered blood pressure).
  • Don't drink alcohol. Drinking can increase the chance that you'll feel drowsy or dizzy while taking Accupril.
  • Don't use salt substitutes (unless a medical professional advises you to) because in combination with Accupril some of them can lead to dangerously high levels of potassium in your blood. This can cause serious heart rhythm problems.
  • Don't take potassium supplements or medications that increase your potassium levels. In combination with Accupril, these substances can also make your potassium level rise too high. Such medications include spironolactone, amiloride and triamterene, as well as indomethacin, heparin and cyclosporine.
  • Don't take medicine for coughs, colds or pain without checking with your doctor or pharmacist because some can increase your blood pressure.
You should not get pregnant while you're on Accupril, as this drug can harm or even kill a developing fetus. Talk to your doctor about ways of preventing pregnancy while taking Accupril. If you become pregnant while taking Accupril, stop taking it and call your doctor right away.

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