What Is Ramipril Used For?
Ramipril is licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include:
- Treating high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiovascular causes
Being given as a congestive heart failure treatment after a heart attack.
Ramipril has not been approved for use in children.
How Does It Work?
Ramipril is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Ramipril helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, it causes blood vessels to relax, which lowers blood pressure.
Because ramipril lowers blood pressure, it can reduce the risks that occur with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure). For those with congestive heart failure, relaxing the blood vessels makes it easier for the heart to pump.
Ramipril has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death in high-risk patients over the age 55.
When and How Do I Take Ramipril?
The following are some general considerations for those taking this medication:
- Ramipril comes in capsule form. It is generally taken once a day, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions.
- You can take it with or without food.
- Ramipril should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.