Enalapril is an ACE inhibitor medication approved to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. Originally, enalapril was developed by Merck & Co. and sold under the brand name Vasotec®. It has since come off patent, making it available as a generic. Several companies sell generic enalapril under the name Enalapril Maleate tablets.
In adults, the drug's uses include:
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive heart failure treatment
- Treatment of left ventricular dysfunction.
Enalapril is also used to treat high blood pressure in children one month of age and older.
Available in tablet form, the medicine is taken once or twice a day, depending on the dosage your healthcare provider recommends. Cough, dizziness, and fatigue are some of the most commonly reported side effects.
(For more details on this prescription medication, including how it works, what to do if you miss a dose, and other side effects, click Enalapril.)