What should I know about fosinopril before taking it?

Fosinopril is not for women who are pregnant or who wish to become pregnant. Make sure you use effective birth control while taking fosinopril, as it can seriously harm the fetus. Stop treatment and tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking fosinopril. While taking fosinopril, it is important to avoid activities that promote dehydration and low blood pressure, such as drinking alcohol, heavy sweating and not drinking enough water. Severely low blood pressure may cause an electrolyte deficiency or even kidney failure. Also, doctors recommend that you refrain from taking an antacid for at least two hours before or after taking a dose of fosinopril. Tell your doctor before you begin taking fosinopril if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Diseases of the heart, blood vessels, liver, kidneys or bone marrow,
  • Diseases affecting the immune system, such as lupus or HIV,
  • A personal or family history of low blood pressure,
  • A special diet, especially one low in sodium,
  • Diabetes or another chronic disease and
  • A previous allergic reaction or angioedema to fosinopril, other ACE inhibitors or any other substance.
Your doctor will help you decide if fosinopril is right for you.

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