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Can Mavik interact with other medications or foods?

Certain medications and foods may interact with Mavik (trandolapril), which is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) and to improve heart function after a heart attack.

Mavik is what's called an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. If you combine Mavik with another ACE inhibitor -- or with an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, another type of blood pressure drug -- you may experience low blood pressure, diarrhea, fainting and high potassium levels (hyperkalemia). You're also at risk for kidney dysfunction, which can require dialysis and can be fatal.

If you take Mavik with other antihypertensive medications, including diuretics, you may develop hypotension, which can cause dizziness and fainting.

Be cautious about taking lithium, which is prescribed for bipolar disorder. Taking Mavik with lithium can raise your lithium level dangerously high. Your doctor will probably monitor your blood levels of lithium closely if you take both medications.

Be cautious as well about taking Mavik with insulin or other diabetes medications. The combination can lower blood sugar too much.

While taking Mavik, avoid salt substitutes and medications that contain potassium. Foods and drugs high in potassium can raise blood levels of potassium, causing a condition called hyperkalemia. That can lead to heart problems.

Mavik may interact with other medications and supplements, too. Before you start taking Mavik, tell your doctor about all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter), as well as any vitamins or supplements you take. Once you're on Mavik, don't start any drugs or supplements without talking with your doctor first.

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