What is this medication for?
Quinapril belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, a class used to lower blood pressure. Quinapril works by relaxing blood vessels and by making the heart pump more efficiently. It is used for the treatment of high blood pressure, which lowers the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It is also used with other medications to treat heart failure.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Accupril® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of quinapril ranges from 5 mg to 80 mg daily
in one dose or two divided doses, taken with or without meals. The starting dose depends on the condition being treated and other medications you are taking. Your doctor may increase or decrease the dosage until your blood pressure or heart failure symptoms are controlled.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as
body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor
has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change
the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Avoid taking this medication with a high-fat meal as it may decrease its effectiveness.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture,
and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to quinapril or any of the ingredients of the medication
- have had angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around
the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril,