What other medical problems may occur when using Altace?

While you are taking Altace (ramipril) to treat high blood pressure, other medical problems, such as an allergic reaction, may occur. Call for immediate medical help if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis, including swelling of the face, throat, mouth or tongue or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Rarely, Altace and other drugs of its type harm the liver or even cause liver failure. If you notice yellowing of your eyes or skin, tell your doctor right away.

Altace may cause your body to produce fewer white blood cells, which can put you at an increased risk for infections. This problem is more common in people with reduced kidney function, lupus or scleroderma.

In people who have diabetes or kidney failure or who take potassium supplements or potassium-sparing diuretics, Altace may cause levels of potassium in the blood to get too high. This condition, called hyperkalemia, could cause dangerous changes in heart rhythm.

Altace can also cause other side effects, including:
  • headache and dizziness
  • fatigue
  • dry cough
  • chest pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • low blood pressure or fainting
  • abnormal kidney functioning
  • diarrhea
Tell your doctor about any symptoms that you have while taking this medication that get worse or don't go away.