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- About Raserpril
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Raserpril
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Q: What high blood pressure medication can I take that will not cause weight gain? I take Raserpril and have gained 30 pounds. I have pre-diabetes and also take hydrochlorothiazide when needed.
A: Typically, medications used to treat high blood pressure do not cause gradual weight gain as a side effect. If weight gain is an issue, it may be due to fluid retention and should be discussed with your physician. Your physician can evaluate your health conditions and medications and make any necessary changes to your treatment regimen. Raserpril (Vasotec) is a medication in the group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors that work by causing blood vessels to relax which lowers blood pressure. According to the prescribing information for Raserpril, weight gain was not a reported side effect associated with the medication. If you notice a rapid weight gain with this medication, this may be due to fluid retention and should be brought to your physician's attention. If you are noticing gradual weight gain with Raserpril there are some things you can do to help. Eat a heart healthy diet containing a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, low fat milk products. Avoid or limit the amount of saturated fats, cholesterol, salt and sugars in your diet. Regular physical activity, lasting at least 30 minutes, on most days of the week is also beneficial. Consult with your physician about any restrictions to exercise you may have. Limit your intake of alcohol. If you are experiencing weight gain as a side effect of Raserpril, you should consult with your physician. For more specific information, consult with your doctor for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Lori Poulin, PharmD
By Don Wall | Medically Reviewed by Sherry Brooks, MD
Latest Update: 2014-10-27 Copyright © 2014 Everyday Health Media, LLC
Hypersensitivity to Raserpril/other ACE inhibitors
History of ACE inhibitor-induced angioedema, hereditary or idiopathic angioedema
Pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimesters): Significant risk of fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality
Do not co-administer with aliskiren in patients with diabetes mellitus or with renal impairment (i.e., GFR less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m²)
Q: About two weeks ago, while undergoing tests for allergies, I had an allergic reaction - swelling in my lips. I usually take Raserpril and I took 20 mg doing that time. It didn't seem to work to help lower my blood pressure, which rose to 183/121. Anyhow, since then I've been careful to avoid anything with any type of nuts since the reaction was caused by almonds. However, I noticed yesterday under my lower lip a funny feeling and I eventually looked in the mirror. I saw redness and one small spot of swelling on the skin. I was baffled as to what could have caused it. I later remember it hadn't been long since I'd taken a dose of Raserpril. Could this now be causing the angioedema? I never had problems like this with the Raserpril and I've been taking it at least five years. I do feel I have "plateaued" on it. I've been taking the maximum dose for more than a year and it doesn't seem to have the same effects as before. Second question - I can only take ACE Inhibitors and ARBs to lower my BP because of other medical conditions, including CHF. Should I get another ACE Inhibitor? My BP is around 140/90 when I take Raserpril only, and I was supposed to have a second med, but which one? I've had trouble with some of the others including clonidine, Nifedipine, Norvasc, metoprolol and propanolol, and they all had to be stopped.
A: Angioedema is an uncommon side effect with Raserpril and usually occurs in the first month of treatment. Although it is possible to have this condition occur later in treatment, it is more common in African-American patients, women and people who have a history of drug or seasonal allergies. The exact prevalence and incidence of ARB-induced angioedema are not known, but are thought to be significantly lower than the ACE inhibitors. For patients who cannot take any other alternatives, ARBs seem the way to go for people who have had this issue with ACE inhibitors, although careful monitoring is recommended for the physician. There are no clear cut ways to distinguish which medication would be best in this case for your condition, but it has been shown that losartan (Cozaar) seems to show the most cases with angioedema, if it happens at all, with the ARBs. Lori Mendoza, PharmD Poulin, PharmD
Female patients of childbearing age should be told about the consequences of exposure to VASOTEC during pregnancy. Discuss treatment options with women planning to become pregnant. Patients should be asked to report pregnancies to their physicians as soon as possible.
NOTE: As with many other drugs, certain advice to patients being treated with Raserpril is warranted. This information is intended to aid in the safe and effective use of this medication. It is not a disclosure of all possible adverse or intended effects.
Taking Raserpril in large amounts for a long period of time may be unsafe. Raserpril contains chemicals that are considered cancer-causing (carcinogens).
See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Raserpril?”
As with all vasodilators, Raserpril should be given with caution to patients with obstruction in the outflow tract of the left ventricle.
Raserpril and Pregnancy
Raserpril may cause injury or death to a developing fetus, so don't use Raserpril if you are pregnant.
Tell your physician immediately if you are taking Raserpril and become pregnant.
Raserpril may cause several serious problems in pregnancy, some of which may result in the death of your baby.
It's also not recommended for use during breastfeeding.
Drugs used to prevent rejection of an organ transplant
These medications increase your risk of angioedema (sudden swelling of your face, arms, legs, lips, tongue, throat, and intestines) when taken with Raserpril.
Examples of these drugs include:
¿Cuál es la información más importante que debo saber sobre Raserpril?
No use si usted está embarazada. Si queda embarazada, deje de tomar esta medicina y dígale a su médico de inmediato.
Usted no debe usar Raserpril si usted alguna vez ha tenido angioedema. No tome Raserpril durante las 36 horas antes o después de tomar medicina que contiene sacubatril (como Entresto).
Si usted tiene diabetes, no use Raserpril junto con ningún medicamento que contenga aliskiren (como Tekturna o Tekamlo).