Enalapril Maleate-HCTZ

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What is/are Enalapril Maleate-HCTZ?

Enalapril (marketed as Vasotec in the USA, Enaladex in some other countries, and Enacard for veterinary use) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used in the treatment of hypertension and some types of chronic heart failure. ACE converts the peptide hormone angiotensin I to angiotensin II. One of the actions of angiotensin II is the vasoconstriction of blood vessels resulting in an increase in blood pressure. ACE inhibitors such as enalapril prevent this effect. Enalapril has been shown to lower the death rate in systolic heart failure. Enalapril was the first member of the group known as the dicarboxylate-containing ACE inhibitors.

Medical uses

Enalapril as a treatment for high blood pressure works by modulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS).

Squibb developed the first inhibitor, captopril, but it had adverse effects such as a metallic taste (which, as it turned out, was due to the sulfhydryl group). Merck & Co. developed enalapril as a competing prodrug.

Adverse effects

Most common side effects include hypotension, dizziness when standing up, and dry cough.Abetacept in a subcutaneous administration form has been approved by USFDA, for self administration by the patient.

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