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Enalapril Maleate



What is Enalapril Maleate?

What is Enalapril Maleate? Enalapril Maleate 20 mg tablet is used to treat high blood pressure. Enalapril Maleate dose Lowers high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Generic for Vasotec is also used to treat heart failure and to help prevent people with a certain heart problem (left ventricular dysfunction) from developing heart failure. Vasotec side effects can be based on your medical condition.

Enalapril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.

How to use

  • Take Enalapril Maleate 20 mg tablet by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor
  • Usually once or twice daily.
  • If you are using the suspension form of Enalapril Maleate dose, shake the bottle well before each dose.
  • Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon.
  • Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
  • For children, the dosage is also based on weight.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.

Keep taking generic for Vasotec even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.

For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of Enalapril Maleate 20 mg tablet. For the treatment of heart failure, it may take weeks to months before you get the full benefit of this medication. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (such as your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).

Side effects

  • Dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • weakness
  • Dry cough

If any of these Vasotec side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed Enalapril Maleate 20 mg tablet because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious Vasotec side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).

Although enalapril may be used to prevent kidney problems or treat people who have kidney problems, it may also rarely cause serious kidney problems or make them worse. Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking generic for Vasotec. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of kidney problems such as a change in the amount of urine.

Enalapril Maleate dose may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver problems. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of the following rare but serious Vasotec side effects:

  • yellowing eyes/skin
  • dark urine
  • severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • persistent nausea/vomiting

A very serious allergic reaction to generic for Vasotec is rare. However, get medical help right away.

Warnings & Precautions

  1. Before taking Enalapril Maleate 20 mg tablet, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
  2. Before using the Enalapril Maleate dose, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
  3. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
  4. Limit alcoholic beverages.
  5. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Too much sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause loss of too much body water (dehydration) and increase your risk of lightheadedness. Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor. Be sure to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration unless your doctor directs you otherwise.

Enalapril Maleate dose may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the Vasotec side effects, including dizziness and increases in potassium levels.

Generic for Vasotec is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


Store tablets at room temperature away from light and moisture. Store the suspension in the refrigerator. Discard any unused suspension after 30 days. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.

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