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Doctor insights on: Coming Off Altace

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What is altace?

What is altace?

Altace: Altace is ramipril, it is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. ...Read more

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What are the issues involving altace?

What are the issues involving altace?

No "issues": Altace is a brand ACE inhibitor very good for treatment of hypertension, heart failure and prevention of renal failure in patients with diabetes and hypertension (as are all ACE inh). In a few patients, cough can be an annoying side effect that may force the doctor to switch to an ARB. Very few patients may have a very serious allergic reaction and then, no ACE inh can be used. ...Read more

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Is altace a beta blocker?

Is altace a beta blocker?

No: No, Altace is not a beta-blocker. Altace is the brand name for ramipril, which is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ace) inhibitor. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of altace? How long do they last?

What are the side effects of altace? How long do they last?

Most common are...: ...a dry hacking cough (occurs in 5-10% of patients), less likely high potassium levels in the bloodstream, and then very rarely a serious reaction called angioedema, in which the upper airway closes up from acute swelling. This last side effect constitutes a medical emergency that should prompt immediate care in the ER. ...Read more

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Side effects of altace?

Side effects of altace?

Side effects: Common: cough; dizziness; headache; tiredness. Uncommon side effects include allergic reactions, chest pain, low blood pressure, jaundice, loss of appetite, seizures, and others. If you have concerns ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Diovan (valsartan) a substitute for altace?

Is Diovan (valsartan) a substitute for altace?

Yes: They have similar effects but work with a slightly different mechanism.For people who can't take altace, Diovan is often substituted. Diovan doesn't cause the cough that some people get with altace. ...Read more

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Is 20mgs of lisinopril equal to 10 mgs of altace ?

Is 20mgs of lisinopril equal to 10 mgs of altace ?

ACE: There is not a direct correlation with doses between different ace inhibitors. If switching from one to another, i often start at the lowest or intermediate dose of the new medication to see how someone will respond. ...Read more