What should I avoid while taking fosinopril?

Because fosinopril treats hypertension and heart failure by lowering blood pressure, it is important to avoid other activities or medications that also lower blood pressure. Severely low blood pressure can cause complications such as electrolyte deficiency, fainting and even kidney failure. While taking fosinopril, you may want to avoid alcohol and activities that may cause excessive sweating, as these dehydrating activities can lower blood pressure further. Similarly, avoid salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking fosinopril. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the form of aspirin or ibuprofen can thin your blood, which contributes to lower blood pressure. You should not take an antacid two hours before or after taking fosinopril. To prevent head rushes and fainting, it can be helpful to rise from a sitting or laying position slowly, while holding on to something stable. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking fosinopril by using effective birth control.

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