Altace dosing for most people with high blood pressure usually begins at Altace 2.5 mg once a day. The recommended dose of Altace for people with a recent heart attack and congestive heart failure symptoms typically starts at Altace 2.5 mg twice a day (total daily dose of 5 mg). Depending on the condition being treated and the other medications a person may be taking, a healthcare provider may choose to increase or decrease the Altace dose.
Altace Dosing: An Introduction
The dose of Altace® (ramipril) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting dosage of Altace medicine for people with high blood pressure (hypertension) is Altace 2.5 mg once a day. Based on the blood pressure response and/or Altace side effects, the Altace dosage may be increased or decreased. Your healthcare provider may also add a diuretic, which is a "water pill," if your blood pressure is not controlled by Altace alone. The average Altace dose is Altace 2.5 mg to Altace 20 mg either once a day or in two equally divided doses (Altace 1.25 mg to Altace 10 mg twice a day). With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see the full effects of Altace on lowering blood pressure.
If you have hypertension and are already taking a diuretic, your healthcare physician may instruct you to stop the diuretic before starting the Altace. If you cannot stop the diuretic because of other medical reasons, your healthcare provider may choose to start you on a lower dose of Altace, such as Altace 1.25 mg, under close medical supervision.
If you have kidney disease or kidney failure, your healthcare provider may start you on a lower Altace dose, depending on the severity of your kidney disease.