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Perindopril (Aceon) is a member of the class of drugs called ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors).
Perindopril (Aceon) is used to lower blood pressure.
Perindopril (Aceon) can be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Perindopril (Aceon) belongs to a group of medicines called ACE inhibitors. ACE inhibitors work by blocking the action of a chemical in the body called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Thus Perindopril (Aceon) reduces the amount of angiotensin in the blood.
Angiotensin has two actions. Firstly it acts on blood vessels to make them narrow and secondly it acts on the kidney to produce less urine.
As Perindopril (Aceon) stops the production of angiotensin, these actions are reversed. Therefore the kidneys produce more urine, which results in less fluid in the blood vessels. The blood vessels also widen.
The overall effect of this is a drop in blood pressure and a decrease in the workload of the heart.
Perindopril (Aceon) should be taken orally with or without food.
The usual starting dose of Perindopril (Aceon) is 4 milligrams daily, taken as a single dose or divided into two smaller doses. Your doctor may increase the dose of Perindopril (Aceon) until your blood pressure is under control, up to a maximum of 16 milligrams per day. A dose of Perindopril (Aceon) of 4 to 8 milligrams a day is usually sufficient.
If you have been taking a diuretic, your doctor may tell you to stop taking it 2 or 3 days before you start taking Perindopril (Aceon). If you need to continue the diuretic without interruption, the doctor may start you on Perindopril (Aceon) at a reduced dose of 2 to 4 milligrams daily, and then gradually increase the dose if necessary.
If your blood pressure is not adequately controlled with Perindopril (Aceon) alone, the doctor may add a diuretic to your regimen.
Perindopril (Aceon) has not been tested in people with severe kidney disease. If you have mild kidney problems, the usual starting dose of Perindopril (Aceon) is 2 milligrams or less per day. The dose of Perindopril (Aceon) may be increased gradually to not more than 8 milligrams per day.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Perindopril (Aceon) in children. Special care may be needed.
Higher doses of Perindopril (Aceon) (above 8 milligrams a day) are prescribed for older adults only with extra caution.
Have you skipped your Perindopril (Aceon) dose
If you miss a dose of Perindopril (Aceon), take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses of Perindopril (Aceon). If you take only one dose a day and forget to take it that day, do not take a double dose of Perindopril (Aceon) the next day.
If you take too much of Perindopril (Aceon)?
Perindopril (Aceon) if taken in excess may lead to serious consequences. Seek medical emergency immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Symptoms of Perindopril (Aceon) overdose may include:
Where should you store Perindopril (Aceon)
Keep Perindopril (Aceon) out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store Perindopril (Aceon) at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused amount of Perindopril (Aceon) after the expiration date.
Available strengths of Perindopril (Aceon)
Perindopril (Aceon) tablets are available in the strengths of 2 mg, 4 mg and 8 mg. Perindopril (Aceon) is available as white, round tablets in blister packages of 10 tablets per strip.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way Perindopril (Aceon) works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
Who should not take Perindopril (Aceon)?
Do not take Perindopril (Aceon) if you suffer from disease of the blood vessels in the kidney or narrowing of the main artery of the body.
Perindopril (Aceon) should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients.
Perindopril (Aceon) should not be used during pregnancy, as it may be harmful to the unborn baby. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Perindopril (Aceon) passes into breast milk. Seek medical advice from your doctor before using Perindopril (Aceon) during breastfeeding.
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure regularly while you are taking Perindopril (Aceon). Ask your prescriber or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Stop taking Perindopril (Aceon) and call your prescriber or health care professional if you have difficulty breathing, or notice any swelling of the lips, tongue or face.
Check with your prescriber or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of body fluid can make it dangerous to take Perindopril (Aceon).
You may get dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how Perindopril (Aceon) affects you. To avoid dizzy or fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older person. Alcohol can make you dizzier. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Perindopril (Aceon).
Avoid salt substitutes or other foods or substances high in potassium salts.
Do not treat yourself for cough, sore throat, colds, or pain while you are using Perindopril (Aceon) without asking you're prescriber or health care professional for advice.
If you experience any of these, temporarily stop taking Perindopril (Aceon) and talk to your doctor immediately.
Perindopril (Aceon) may also cause less serious side effects which includes:
Other unknown side effects may also occur so inform your doctor if you experience anything unusual after taking Perindopril (Aceon).
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