EffectsA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example, 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies in people taking Accupril, systolic blood pressure (the top number) decreased on average by 5 to 11 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) decreased by 3 to 7 mmHg on average. The higher the dose of Accupril, the greater the drop in blood pressure tended to be. By lowering blood pressure, Accupril can decrease the risks that accompany long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
For people with congestive heart failure, the effects of Accupril on the heart and blood vessels cause a decrease in the symptoms of congestive heart failure, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling. These effects can also improve a person's exercise tolerance.
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
- It should be taken on an empty stomach -- at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
- It should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of Accupril in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
DosingThe dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Accupril Dosage for more information.)