What should I know before using enalapril?
ACE-inhibitors, including enalapril, are associated with an increased risk of hypotension and cough. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, regular alcohol drinkers, and those with respiratory conditions.
Some groups of people with conditions like asthma may experience an exacerbation of symptoms after using ACE-inhibitors.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
- An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
- Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There is evidence from human studies that shows it can cause fetal harm when taken during pregnancy. Therefore, always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. You may need to stop taking this drug if you become pregnant.
This medication is pregnancy risk category D according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below: