Univasc Overdose

Taking an overdose of Univasc (moexipril hydrochloride) could lead to serious problems, including extremely low blood pressure and an irregular heart rate. If you happen to take too much, your symptoms will depend on how much you took and whether the medication was taken with any other substances. Treatment options may include things like "pumping the stomach" or providing supportive care.

Can You Take Too Much Univasc?

Univasc® (moexipril hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.
As with most medications, it is possible to take too much Univasc. The specific effects of an overdose with Univasc may vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Univasc dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.

Effects of a Univasc Overdose

It is not known exactly what to expect after a Univasc overdose, because there have been no reports of an overdose with this medication. Based on the action of the medication, as well as reports of overdoses on other ACE inhibitors, people who take too much Univasc may experience the following symptoms:
  • Extremely low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Decreased urine output
  • A slow or irregular heart rate
  • Increased levels of potassium in the blood.

Treatment Options

If the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may administer activated charcoal or "pump the stomach" to help reduce the amount of the medication that is absorbed into the bloodstream.
In addition, treatment may involve supportive care, which consists of treating symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive care for a Univasc overdose may include:
  • Medications to increase blood pressure, if needed
  • Fluids through an intravenous (IV) line
  • Close monitoring of the kidneys and heart
  • Close monitoring of blood potassium levels.
It is unknown if kidney dialysis is helpful in removing Univasc from the body.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have taken too much Univasc.
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