What is Ramipril?
Ramipril (also known as Tritace or Zestril), works to lower high blood pressure, by relaxing the blood vessels, and reducing how hard the heart needs to contract in order to force blood into the arteries. It belongs to a group of medications known as ACE inhibitors, which work by stopping certain chemicals in the body from naturally restricting blood vessels to control blood pressure.
As documented, although there aren't any obvious symptoms associated with high blood pressure, but failure to treat it in the long term can lead to stroke, heart attacks or kidney failure.
Is Ramipril a beta blocker?
Ramipril is an ACE inhibitor, although it operates in a similar way to beta blockers. They can both be prescribed for hypertension, however ACE inhibitors are often given to patients with other underlying conditions such as diabetes, or having suffered a cardiovascular issue.
How do Ramipril capsules work?
Ramipril is known as an ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme) inhibitor, which simply means that it stops the active enzyme from working properly. Usually ACE works to control the body's blood pressure by producing a compound called angiotensin II. This tightens blood vessels, forcing the heart to contract harder to push more blood around the body, which results in increased blood pressure. Stopping ACE from fully working means that angiotensin II isn't produced, so the blood vessels don't tighten and the heart doesn't have to squeeze harder in order to pump blood sufficiently.
In addition to this, Ramipril tablets also work by:
- reducing the body's production of chemical which could raise blood pressure
- relaxing and widening the blood vessels
- increasing the ease of blood flow around the body
What are the benefits of Ramipril?
Ramipril tablets are proven to help lower blood pressure, and as a result they are prescribed to many hypertensive patients. As well as helping to lower high blood pressure, Ramipril is also used to treat heart failure, prevent heart attacks and strokes and improve kidney problems associated with diabetes.
Treating hypertension is really important when trying to lead a healthy life. Some of the other uses of Ramipril include:
- reduces the risk of kidney problems
- benefits in treating heart failure
- treating myocardial infarction or complications with heart problems
Usually you'll only need to take Ramipril tablets once a day, which makes this a convenient and easy way to lower high blood pressure.
How do I take Ramipril capsules?
You will usually be told to take one dosage of Ramipril tablets once a day, but in some cases patients are told to divide the dose and take two tablets each day.
You should divulge information about any medication you're using, as well as any existing medical conditions and medical history; because this can affect the dosage you'll be prescribed. If you suffer from kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes or a corrective tissue disease, you must tell your doctor.
In some cases you might not be able to take Ramipril tablets at all, for example if you're pregnant. That's because Ramipril has been found to cause injury or death to an unborn baby. As a result, you should speak with your doctor about effective birth control once you start taking Ramipril.
What dosages are available with Ramipril
The usual starting dose for Ramipril is 1.25mg or 2.5mg once daily. Your doctor will adjust the amount you take until your blood pressure is controlled. The maximum dose is 10mg once daily. If you are already taking diuretics (water tablets), your doctor may stop or reduce the amount of the diuretic you take before beginning treatment with Ramipril capsules.
HealthExpress offers dosages of Ramipril 1.25mg, Ramipril 2.5mg, Ramipril 5mg and Ramipril 10mg. Once you complete the online consultation, our UK doctors will assess your medical history to determine the correct starting dosage for you.
Also, your dosage will vary depending on whether you've suffered from a heart attack, or have kidney issues.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You are advised to take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
However, you should skip that missed dose if it is nearly time for you next scheduled dosage. It's important not to take extra Ramipril to make up for the missed dose.
What side effects are there for Ramipril tablets?
The majority of people who take Ramipril do not experience any negative side effects. However, as it is a prescription medication, there is a chance that side effects may occur, the most commonly reported reactions include:
- Dry mouth
- Pale skin
- Chest discomfort
More rare side effects could also, although these are very unlikely to. They include:
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Weight gain
If you experience any of these for a prolonged period, or signs of an allergic reaction - which range from hives to severe stomach pain, difficulty breathing and swelling - you should seek immediate medical assistance. Reducing the risk of these side effects can be as simple as
What are the precautions/interactions with Ramipril?
Ramipril is suitable for patients over the age of 18 who have been medically advised to lower their blood pressure and where conventional exercise or diet has not yielded the necessary results. There are certain restrictions though in regards to who can safely use Ramipril tablets. The following conditions or situations may prevent use of this medication:
- Women who are are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Those on dialysis or who kidney disease, liver disease or heart disease
- Those with diabetes
- Those with a connective tissue disease
- Those suffering from collagen vascular disease
- Those with very high levels of potassium or very low levels of sodium in the blood
If you're taking Lemisartan (angiotensin receptor blocker high blood pressure medication) you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests to check if you can take Ramipril tablets safely. Certain medication may also increase the risk of side effects, therefore care should be taken when using medication such as:
- prednisolone (inflammation medication)
As the body can react with different medication, ensure you tell your doctor if you're completing a course of medication before you begin your Ramipril prescription.
Ramipril and alcohol:
It is advised that you avoid drinking excess alcohol, as it can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Ramipril. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can also excessively lower blood pressure, which may lead to complications.
For more information about side effects, interactions and precautions you need to be aware of when taking this medication, please refer to the provided patient leaflet which comes with the treatment and is also available for download on this page.
How do I buy Ramipril capsules online safely?
To buy Ramipril capsules online for free delivery in the UK, all you need to do is fill out our free online consultation form. This only takes a few minutes, and allows our doctors to assess your medical history, and decide if Ramipril is the more suitable treatment for you. Once your prescription has been tailored, we will ready your medication for express dispatch from our pharmacy. If you have any queries about the ordering process or the information found on this page, please don't hesitate to speak to our friendly UK patient support team.