Enalapril

Brand Names

Vasotec®, Vaserteric®, Vasotek® (IV). (There may be other brand names for this medication).

How is it Administered?

Enalapril comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day with or without food. The tablets are available in immediate and extended release versions. To help you remember to take enalapril, take it around the same time(s) every day. Enalapril is available in an intravenously/IV (through a vein) for those who are not able to take it orally.

What is it Used For?

Enalapril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also used in combination with other medications to treat heart failure. Enalapril is in a class of medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Enalapril is also sometimes used to treat kidney disease related to diabetes.

How Does it Work?

Enalapril is in a class of medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten (constrict) your blood vessels. With the blood vessels more relaxed, blood flows more smoothly and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.

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