In the case of enalapril, a generic version (sold as Enalapril Maleate tablets) is manufactured by a number of companies. Just like Vasotec, the generic enalapril works by blocking the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which relaxes blood vessels and can lower blood pressure. This generic enalapril is available in four different strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg.
Enalapril is a medication that has been licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), left ventricular dysfunction, and congestive heart failure.
Enalapril is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Enalapril helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, enalapril causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure. It also may allow the heart to work more efficiently.
Enalapril was originally developed by Merck & Co. and sold under the brand name Vasotec®. It is currently manufactured by Biovail Pharmaceutical. Enalapril has since come off patent, making it available as a generic.
Generic enalapril is sold as Enalapril Maleate and comes in several strengths, including:
- Enalapril Maleate 2.5 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 5 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 10 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 20 mg.