What should I know about perindopril before taking it?

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Before you take perindopril, tell your doctor if you are allergic to angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Also tell your doctor if you are taking any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, supplements or prescription drugs, especially diuretics, cyclosporine, heparin, indomethacin, lithium, gold treatments for arthritis, salt substitutes, and potassium supplements. Alcohol, vomiting, diarrhea, inadequate fluids, and heavy sweating can all worsen your condition while taking perindopril. Make sure to drink enough fluids while taking this medicine. Before taking perindopril, talk to your doctor if you have had kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure or other heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, or are on dialysis.