What should seniors know before using enalaprilat?

Before using enalaprilat, seniors should know whether their kidneys are working well enough to handle this medication for high blood pressure. That's because the kidneys are responsible for clearing this drug from the body. If they don't clear it promptly, there is a greater risk for a toxic reaction. Seniors should have their kidney function checked before using enalaprilat. They should also have their liver and heart function checked.

Seniors should know that enalaprilat is a kind of drug known as an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more smoothly. It is given by infusion into a vein at a hospital, doctor's office or clinic.

Before starting enalaprilat, seniors should check with their doctor to make sure they aren't taking any medications (prescription or nonprescription) or dietary supplements that could interact with enalaprilat. The doctor may need to modify their medication plan, dosage or timing. If you're considering enalaprilat, be sure to let your doctor know if you use any of the following:
  • aspirin
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • other medicines for high blood pressure
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen or indomethacin
  • potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt substitutes
  • heart medications
Be sure to give your doctor a complete medical history. Certain medical conditions increase your risk for serious side effects. It's important to let your doctor know if you've experienced any of the following:
  • bone marrow disease
  • heart or blood vessel disease
  • immune system disease like lupus
  • low blood pressure
  • previous swelling of the tongue, face, eyes or lips with difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness or tightening of the throat
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to enalapril, other ACE inhibitors, insect venom, foods, dyes or preservatives
Also let your doctor know if you are on a special diet, such as a low-salt diet.

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