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How can I minimize the side effects of Univasc?

You can minimize the side effects of the blood pressure medication Univasc (moexipril) by taking it as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it or take it more or less often than prescribed. You should take Univasc one hour before meals, once or twice daily.

Before you start taking Univasc, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to moexipril or any other drugs. Give him or her a list of all your other medications and any supplements you take -- especially diuretics (water pills), lithium (Lithobid), other blood pressure medications, potassium supplements and vitamins.

You should also give your doctor a complete medical history before you start taking Univasc. Be sure to tell him or her if you have any of the following:
  • congestive heart failure
  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • liver disease
  • connective tissue disease
  • lupus
  • scleroderma
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • upcoming surgery, including dental surgery
If you are on diuretic therapy when you begin taking Univasc, your doctor will likely monitor you closely. He or she may stop the diuretic temporarily or adjust your dosage, or increase your salt intake, to reduce the risk of an excessive drop in blood pressure.

You can reduce your risk of side effects by avoiding activities that will cause you to perspire excessively, or other activities that might cause dehydration. Becoming dehydrated while taking Univasc can cause your blood pressure to drop suddenly, leading to dizziness or fainting.

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