Fosinopril belongs to the ACE inhibitor class of drugs. It acts by reducing the level of substances that stiffen the blood vessels, in order to allow blood to flow more smoothly and the heart to pump it more efficiently.

What is Fosinopril?

Fosinopril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Always in combination with other drugs, it is also indicated in the treatment of cardiac decompensation.

How should Fosinopril be taken?

Fosinopril is administrated orally, usually in the form of tablets administered 1 or 2 times a day.

It is likely that your doctor will prescribe a low initial dose and then gradually increase it.

Side effects associated with Fosinopril

Possible adverse effects of Fosinopril include:

  • dizziness
  • cough
  • stomach discomfort
  • vomit
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • excessive tiredness
  • weakness

It is important to seek immediate medical attention in case of:

  • swelling in the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or calves
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • jaundice
  • fever,  sore throat,  chills and other symptoms of infection
  • feeling faint or lightheaded
  • fainting




Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Fosinopril

Fosinopril should not be taken during pregnancy.

Moreover, before starting treatment with this drug, it is important to inform your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to the active substance or to other medicines, especially benazepril, captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril and trandolapril
  • If you are taking any other medicinal products, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular: diuretics, lithium and potassium supplements
  • If you are on dialysis or if you suffer (or have ever suffered) from lupus, scelrodermia, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney or liver disease
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

It is important to inform surgeons and dentists of ongoing therapies with Fosinopril prior to procedures.

Finally, in case of treatment with antacids, it is good to take them 2 hours before or after taking Fosinopril.