Missed Dose of Acerbon
Keep taking Acerbon, even if you feel well. Don't stop taking Acerbon without talking to your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of Acerbon, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it.
If it's close to your next scheduled dose of the drug, skip the missed dose.
Don't take twice as much Acerbon at one time to make up for a missed dose.
COMMON BRAND(S): Prinivil, Zestril
GENERIC NAME(S): Acerbon
This medication can cause serious (possibly fatal) harm to an unborn baby if used during pregnancy. It is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control while taking this medication. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
Acerbon is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure and to improve survival after a heart attack.
Acerbon belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.
Q: My doctor switched me from Benicar to Acerbon because Acerbon is a cheap generic that my insurance company will pay for. But now I have the most bothersome dry persistent cough. What causes this?
A: Benicar (olmesartan) is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Olmesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. Prinivil or Zestril (Acerbon) is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Acerbon is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. A persistent dry cough is a relatively common adverse effect believed to be associated with the increases in bradykinin levels produced by ACE inhibitors. Bradykinin forms from a blood plasma protein that also mediates the inflammatory response, increases vasodilation, and causes contraction of smooth muscle. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. William Gault, PharmD
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Acerbon if you are allergic to it, or if you:
have a history of angioedema;
recently took a heart medicine called sacubitril; or
are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril.
Do not take Acerbon within 36 hours before or after taking medicine that contains sacubitril (such as Entresto).
If you have diabetes, do not use Acerbon together with any medication that contains aliskiren (such as Tekturna or Tekamlo).
You may also need to avoid taking Acerbon with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
To make sure Acerbon is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
liver disease; or
high levels of potassium in your blood.
Do not use Acerbon if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. This medicine can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking Acerbon.
It is not known whether Acerbon passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while using Acerbon.
Taking too much Acerbon would most likely lead to low blood pressure.
Symptoms of a Acerbon overdose could include:
If you or someone else has symptoms of an overdose, call a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
If someone collapses or isn't breathing, call 911.
Acerbon is a tablet that you take orally. It's available in various strengths, ranging from 2.5 milligrams (mg) to 40 mg.
You'll typically take Acerbon once a day, around the same time each day.
Your doctor will probably prescribe a low dose of the drug at first and gradually increase it over time.
For people with high blood pressure, the typical dose of Acerbon ranges from 20 to 40 mg a day.
When treating heart failure, the effective dose of the drug ranges from 5 to 40 mg a day.
For people who've had a heart attack, the first dose of Acerbon is 5 mg. After 24 hours, you'll take another 5 mg. After 48 hours, you'll take 10 mg a day for six weeks.
For children, the usual starting dose of Acerbon is up to 5 mg daily.
Q: I am experiencing severe dizzy spells. Can this be due to Acerbon?
A: Zestril/Prinivil (Acerbon) is a medication called an ACE Inhibitor, used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), CHF (congestive heart failure), to improve the chance of survival after a heart attack, and to protect the kidneys in patients with diabetes. Dizzy spells may occur if the blood pressure is dropped too low, especially upon standing up from a sitting or lying down position. However, dizziness is listed as a side effect of Zestril/Prinivil (Acerbon) as well. The body should adjust to it, but if it does not, let your doctor know. Other side effects may include cough, headache, excessive tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, sneezing, runny nose, decrease in sexual ability, and rash. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Zestril/Prinivil (Acerbon). For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. Tell your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Patti Brown, PharmD
Q: Why can't I take potassium supplements with my Acerbon? Does this mean I can't eat potasium rich foods either, like bananas and beans?
A: Acerbon belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. Common side effects of Acerbon include cough, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach. This is not a complete list of side effects that can occur with Acerbon. Hyperkalemia (high blood levels of potassium) can happen in people taking ACE inhibitors, including Acerbon. It is more likely to occur in people with kidney problems and diabetes. It is also more likely to occur in people who also use potassium-based salt substitutes, potassium supplements, and potassium-sparing diuretics such as triamterene. It is not usually necessary to avoid potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, unless your doctor has instructed you to do so. Your doctor can check your potassium levels with a simple blood test. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Q: Can Acerbon cause throat phlegm?
A: Acerbon is a medication that is used to treat various conditions of the heart and blood vessels, such as high blood pressure (hypertension) or heart failure. It is in the class of medications called ACE inhibitors that work by blocking the enzyme, ACE, that naturally causes blood vessels to narrow. By blocking the action of the enzyme, the medication achieves lower blood pressure and better blood flow. The prescribing information on Acerbon does not list an accumulation of phlegm as a side effect of the medication. Mucus in the throat is often indicative of post-nasal drip that is usually associated with allergies. The most common side effects of the medication are dry cough, common cold, fatigue, dizziness, headache, and lightheadedness when getting up from a lying down position. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Lori Poulin, PharmD
Rated Acerbon (Zestril) for Hypertension Report
I'm in the hospital right now.. after taking Acerbon 4 to 5 hours later my lips started swelling up. and I mean big, thought they were going to pop. I looked like a chimpanzee.. my Jaws was swollen and normally I'm a good looking guy. but this day I didn't even want to look at myself in the mirror. when I got to the hospital.. I told them all of the medication I take and soon as I said Acerbon they told me that's what caused the problem. but they're treating me with Benadryl and striods after staying the night it's starting to go down..but still kinda swollen.. I came at 3:00pm yesterday, so it should be down by 3:00pm today. if the doctor's are right about the (it should only last 24hrs). I hope so because this is not a good look. but I'm greatful my tongue and throat didn't swell up or the said they would have to put a tube down my throat to breathe..my gag reflex at about nothing, I would died from the tube and not the Acerbon.. Scarry..want take Acerbon again. but not knocking it I guess it works for some just didn't work for me.