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What should I know before using enalaprilat?

Before using enalaprilat, you should know that it is an injectable drug to treat high blood pressure. It is given in a hospital, doctor's office or clinic. Enalaprilat is what's known as an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which means that it works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten blood vessels.

You should know whether you are allergic to enalapril, the active ingredient in this drug, or to any of the other ingredients in this medication or to any other drugs, foods, dyes or preservatives.

It's important to recognize that certain medical conditions can increase your risks of side effects. Give your doctor a complete medical history before taking enalaprilat. Be sure to mention if you have or have ever had any of the following conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • angioedema
  • lupus
  • scleroderma
  • diabetes
  • bone marrow disease
  • liver disease
  • blood vessel disease
Enalaprilat may interact with certain other drugs. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications:
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen or indomethacin
  • lithium
  • diuretics (water pills)
  • potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt substitutes
  • heart medications
  • aspirin
  • other blood pressure medicines
If you're pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding, tell your doctor before you start using enalaprilat. This drug may cause serious harm or be fatal to a developing fetus and may be dangerous to a nursing baby.

You also should know about possible side effects of enalaprilat. The most common include:
  • cough
  • dizziness
  • rash
  • weakness
  • low blood pressure
  • headache
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • constipation
  • sexual problems
  • sun sensitivity
If any symptoms bother you or don't go away, tell your doctor. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these rarer but more serious symptoms:
  • swelling of your face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • yellowing of your skin or eyes
  • fever, sore throat, chills
  • light-headedness
  • fainting
  • rash or hives
  • chest pain
  • decrease in amount of urine
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
Enalaprilat may make you drowsy or dizzy. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it will affect you. Alcohol can increase these side effects. You should avoid drinking alcohol while receiving this medicine.

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