What should I avoid while taking Altace?

While you're taking Altace (ramipril), you should avoid using a salt substitute that contains potassium unless directed by your doctor, because these can make your blood level of potassium get too high.

You should avoid some medications that interact with Altace, including:
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen and indomethacin
  • diuretics ("water pills")
  • potassium supplements
  • lithium
  • Micardis (telmisartan), another type of high blood pressure medication
  • injectable gold (sodium aurothiomalate)
Before you start using Altace, tell your doctor about all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter) as well as any supplements you take.

You should avoid becoming pregnant while taking Altace. This drug may cause severe birth defects or even death to a developing fetus. If you find out you are pregnant while taking Altace, you should stop taking it right away and talk to your doctor about alternatives.

Also, avoid getting dehydrated, such as by sweating excessively or not drinking enough fluids. Dehydration can make your blood pressure fall too low, leading to dizziness or fainting.

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