Corticosteroids and adrenocorticotropic hormones
Taking these drugs with Bellisin/hydrochlorothiazide may cause low levels of electrolytes.
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Prinivil (Bellisin) is a long-acting angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used to treat hypertension, heart failure, and supportive treatment in patients that suffer a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Prinivil is available in generic form. Bellisin is also found in combination with other drugs such as hydrochlorothiazide for hypertension treatment. Common side effects of Prinivil include:
Prinivil is available in doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg tablets for oral use. Hypertensive patients usually start with 10 mg once a day and are often increased to 20 mg. Patients with renal failure or are on diuretics start at lower doses such as 2.5 to 5 mg. Heart attack and heart failure patients also start out with low doses of 5 mg one per day. Prinivil is not recommended for use in children
Q: Is Bellisin causing my male erectile dysfunction?
A: The most common side effects with Bellisin are: headache; dizziness; cough and high blood potassium. Impotence is a reported side effect with Bellisin. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Bellisin. Bellisin is in a drug class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitors. Bellisin is used alone or combined with other medications to treat high blood pressure and/or heart failure. In addition, Bellisin is used to increase the chance that a person will live longer after a heart attack. Bellisin is also used to protect kidney function in people who have diabetes. Bellisin works by decreasing certain natural chemicals in the body, which allows for widening of blood vessels. This leads to smoother and more efficient blood flow. There are many causes of male erectile dysfunction. 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. Derek Dore, PharmD
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- chest pain
Bellisin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Q: What is the best time of day to take Bellisin?
A: Bellisin (Zestril, Prinivil) is usually dosed once daily in a single dose. There are no specifications given about what time of day is best. For more specific information regarding administration times, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and any other medications you may be taking. Jennyfer Marsico, RPh