If you have high blood pressure, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called Univasc. This medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once or twice a day, preferably an hour before a meal. Although most people are able to take it without any problems, side effects are possible, including dizziness, diarrhea, and cough.
What Is Univasc?Univasc® (moexipril hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). It belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.
How Does Univasc Work?Univasc works by blocking the activity of an enzyme in the body called the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Angiotensin-converting enzyme helps create a hormone in the body that constricts (narrows) blood vessels, increasing blood pressure. By blocking ACE, less of the blood vessel-narrowing hormone is made, blood vessels relax, and blood pressure lowers.
Clinical EffectsClinical studies have shown that Univasc lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension more than a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). In these studies, systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) decreased by 4 to 11 mmHg more in people given Univasc compared to those given a placebo. Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) decreased by 3 to 6 mmHg more in the Univasc group. Higher Univasc doses tended to cause greater reductions in blood pressure.