Enalapril treats high blood pressure in children who are at least a month old and in adults. Additionally, for adults, it can also treat congestive heart failure and ventricles disorder (i.e., malfunctioning lower chambers in the heart that allow blood to flow out).
Take enalapril exactly as your doctor and prescription label suggests. Doing so will give you the best results for your heart health.
Generally, you should be able to take this medication with or without food.
Continue taking this medication even if you feel healthy enough to go without it. Some conditions like high blood pressure go on relatively unnoticed. So you’re better off relying on your doctor’s judgment for when it’s best to stop taking enalapril.
To keep track of your health while on enalapril, your doctor may check your blood pressure frequently and occasionally examine the function of your kidney or liver.
Your doctor might not be able to catch everything. So if you have ongoing vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, let them know. Enalapril can easily dehydrate you, so having other conditions that dehydrate you can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure. Consequently, you should also avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol.
While taking enalapril, you might have common side effects like dizziness, fatigue, or coughing.
Call your doctor immediately if you find that you experience serious side effects such as: light-headedness, a slow heartbeat, pounding heartbeats, little to no urination, jaundice, numbness or pain in hands/feet, fever, chills, easy bruising, or unusual bleeding.