A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Delix,Cardace, Tritace, Delix Protect in the UK
Altace belongs to group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. It is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients at risk for these problems and to improve survival in patients with heart failure after a heart attack.
It is important to take Altace exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Closely follow the directions on your prescription label.
Altace can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole.
If patients cannot swallow the tablet, then open the Altace capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a half-cup (4 ounces) of water, apple juice, or applesauce to make swallowing easier.
Swallow without chewing.
You may store the mixture for up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 48 hours in a refrigerator.
Patients should not use Altace if they are allergic to ramipril, any other ACE inhibitor or chemicals contained in this medication.
To make sure you can safely take Altace, tell your doctor if you have:
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.
Stop using Altace and contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Less serious side effects may include:
Immediately seek medical help if you experience signs of an allergic reaction including hives; difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.