ACCUPRIL (generic: Quinapril) is an ACE-inhibitor prescription medication used to treat hypertension, or high blood pressure, as well as patients with diabetes or other kidney disease. Accupril works by reducing hormones released by the kidneys that affect blood pressure, so blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently. In patients that are at high risk for heart attacks, data has shown that ACE-inhibitors may prevent such cardiovascular events. However this data is limited and requires further study.
Accupril may be prescribed for patients with hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney failure, congestive/chronic heart failure, coronary artery disease, and patients who have just experienced a heart attack.
Patients that have had angioedema or severe allergic reactions to ACE-inhibitors should not take Accupril. Tell your doctor if you have or have had heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, scleroderma, or lupus. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant and breastfeeding, Accupril is not recommended.
Common Side Effects:
- Excessive tiredness
- Dry cough
- Upset stomach
- Low blood pressure
Uncommon Side Effects (Serious):
- Swelling around the mouth, lips and throat (angioedema)
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Fever, Sore throat, or chills
- Chest pain
- Lightheadedness/Fainting (may result from overdose)
- High blood levels of potassium
- Acute kidney failure