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You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you:
- Have heart disease
- Have liver failure
- Have kidney disease
- Have diabetes
- Will be undergoing surgery or anesthesia.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. During pregnancy, ramipril can cause damage or even death to the developing fetus.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take (including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements), especially if you are taking a diuretic (water pill) or a potassium supplement.
Do not take any salt substitutes containing potassium without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
(Click Ramipril Precautions and Warnings for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take ramipril.)
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.
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.