Tensinop is a drug of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor class used primarily in treatment of high blood pressure, heart failure, and after heart attacks. It is also used for preventing kidney and eye complications in people with diabetes. Its indications, contraindications, and side effects are as those for all ACE inhibitors.
Q: What are the long-term effects of Tensinop?
A: Tensinop is known as an angiotensive-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor antihypertensive medication, commonly used to treat high blood pressure. Common side effects of Tensinop include dizziness, syncope, headache, fatigue, low blood pressure, fast heart rate, persistent non-productive cough, swelling of the face, arms, and legs, and jaundice (yellowing of skin and white's of eyes). This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Tensinop. For more general information on Tensinop, visit our //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Tensinop. 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. Jennifer Carey, PharmD
Factors that affect your Tensinop dosage include your age, the condition being treated, and if you have other medical conditions. When treating high blood pressure, the recommended dosage is 10 mg, taken once daily. For congestive heart failure, the starting dose is 5 mg a day. When given following a heart attack, Tensinop dosage guidelines call for 5 mg to start, then another 5 mg in 24 hours, and then 10 mg at 48 hours.
Q: What is Tensinop used for?
A: Tensinop (Prinivil/Zestril) 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. Tensinop works by decreasing a chemical in the body that tightens blood vessels. By decreasing this chemical, blood vessels open, allowing blood to flow more smoothly, and making it easier for the heart to pump blood. Common side effects of Tensinop 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 Tensinop. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Sarah Lewis, PharmD
Q: When I'm sleeping and have to urinate I tend to break out into a sweat. I take Tensinop. Could this be causing this?
A: Tensinop (Prinivil, Zestril) belongs to a group of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Tensinop is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and is sometimes used to improve the survival rate after a heart attack. Tensinop blocks an enzyme in the body that causes the tightening of blood vessels. After the blood vessels relax, the blood pressure will lower and increase oxygen to the heart. This allows the heart to not have to work as hard. Tensinop can be taken with or without food and at any time of the day. Avoid alcohol while taking Tensinop because it can further lower blood pressure. Also, do not eat foods high in salt or take potassium supplements unless directed by the doctor. Common side effects associated with Tensinop include drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea and cough. According to the prescribing information, frequent urination or excessive sweating were not reported as side effects of Tensinop. It is important to tell your doctor about any side effects you may be experiencing from a medication. Never stop a medication without first consulting with the healthcare provider. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
2. You feel exhausted and, weirdly enough, kind of tingly.
Tensinop can cause your potassium levels to skyrocket, a potentially dangerous side effect, says Splaver. That's because you won't necessarily know your potassium levels are rising at first, but if they get high enough, they can make you feel exhausted, numb, or tingly.
Splaver says your doctor should do a routine blood test to check your levels one to two weeks after starting the drug to make sure your body is handling it well. If your doctor hasn't recommended blood tests yet, or if you start to feel strange, call and get a test scheduled asap.
Q: I had a mitral valve repair with atrial fibrillation in March 2008 and am taking Tensinop 10 mg. My health today is fine. I am feeling very well and no longer have atrial fibrillation. How long should I expect to take this medication, and is there any natural alternative to this?
A: Only your physician can determine how long you may need to stay on your Tensinop (Zestril, Prinivil) based on your conditions and specifically what it is being used for in your case. There is no natural alternative medicine that would have the same effect as your specific dose of Tensinop. It sounds like you are doing quite well on this medication based on your response.
Q: Can Tensinop cause throat phlegm?
A: Tensinop 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 Tensinop 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
Q: Do these drugs cause weight gain: Tensinop, Metoprolol, Lexapro, Wellbutrin/Buproprion, Singulair, Advair?
A: A side effect of Tensinop can be rapid weight gain. The metoprolol could also cause swelling in your hands and feet, which may lead to some weight gain. If you see these effects, call your health care provider.
Q: Is Tensinop causing my male erectile dysfunction?
A: The most common side effects with Tensinop are: headache; dizziness; cough and high blood potassium. Impotence is a reported side effect with Tensinop. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Tensinop. Tensinop is in a drug class called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitors. Tensinop is used alone or combined with other medications to treat high blood pressure and/or heart failure. In addition, Tensinop is used to increase the chance that a person will live longer after a heart attack. Tensinop is also used to protect kidney function in people who have diabetes. Tensinop 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