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Moexipril, an ACE Inhibitor Drug

Uses

The drug is prescribed to treat Hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition, it helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and congestive heart failure.

IUPAC Name: (3S)-2-[(2S)-2-[[(2S)-1-ethoxy-1-oxo-4-phenylbutan-2-yl] amino] propanoyl]-6,7-dimethoxy-3,4-dihydro-1H-isoquinoline-3-carboxylic acid

Drug Class: ACE inhibitor

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Route of administration: Oral

This drug is a prescribed drug and not an OTC Drug

Drug Action Mechanism 

  • This medication is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by inhibiting an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict.
  • It functions by relaxing blood vessels (i.e., arteries and veins) and by lowering heart pressure, allowing blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump blood more effectively.¬†

Side Effects

Moexipril’s side effects include dizziness, coughing, exhaustion, nausea, hypotension (decreased blood pressure), and elevated potassium levels.

Warning

Avoid using this medication, if the person is pregnant. Consult a doctor if the person becomes pregnant while taking this medication since it might damage the developing fetus.

Precautions 

Before using this medication, follow these precautions and notify a doctor

  • If the person is allergic to the drug or other ACE inhibitors (such as enalapril, lisinopril, captopril, ramipril, trandolapril), or if the person has other allergies,
  • If the person is under any prescribed, non-prescribed or herbal medications,
  • If the person is suffering from any cardiac disease, hepatic disease, renal disease, hypotension (low blood pressure), diabetes, angioedema, scleroderma, lupus or high blood potassium levels,
  • There might be an increase in potassium levels if one uses this medication. Avoid potassium-rich substitutes,
  • If the person has undergone any type of surgery i.e., eye or dental surgery,
  • While taking this medication, limit alcohol usage since it increases the chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness,
  • The person should be aware that dehydration, vomiting, excessive perspiration and diarrhoea can lower blood pressure which leads to dizziness,
  • Avoid abruptly discontinuing this medication without doctor consultation,
  • The adverse effects of this medication might affect elder people more severely.
  • Consult a doctor if the person is pregnant or breastfeeding.

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