Drug Class: What is Vaseretic and why is Vaseretic prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Vaseretic work?
Dosage: How should you take Vaseretic?
Possible food and drug interactions with Vaseretic
Special Information on Vaseretic
Possible Quinine Sulfate Side effects
|Drug Class: What is Vaseretic and why is Vaseretic prescribed?|
Vaseretic belongs to the class of medicines called antihypertensives (high blood pressure medicines). Vaseretic is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. High blood pressure may also increase the risk of heart attacks. These problems may be less likely to occur if blood
|Drug Mechanism: How does Vaseretic work?|
Vaseretic contains two active ingredients, enalapril and hydrochlorothiazide.
Enalapril belongs to a group of medicines called ACE inhibitors, which block the action of a chemical in the body called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). Normally, ACE produces another chemical, angiotensin. Thus enalapril reduces the amount of angiotensin in the blood.
Angiotensin has two actions. Firstly it acts on blood vessels to make them narrow and secondly it acts on the kidney to produce less urine. As enalapril stops the production of angiotensin, these actions are reversed.
|Dosage: How should you take Vaseretic?|
Take Vaseretic exactly as prescribed by the doctor
|Possible food and drug interactions with Vaseretic|
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) e.g. indomethacin, may reduce the effect of enalapril on lowering blood pressure.
Vaseretic if taken together with potassium sparing diuretics, potassium supplements or potassium containing salt substitutes there is an increased risk of raised blood potassium level (hyperkalaemia). These should only be used with frequent monitoring of blood potassium levels.
Vaseretic when taken together with medicines that decrease blood pressure there is an increased risk of a large drop in blood pressure.
|Special Information on Vaseretic|
Most Important Fact about Vaseretic
Vaseretic precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
|Possible Quinine Sulfate Side effects|
More common side effects of Vaseretic may include:
Less common side effects of
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