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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 Vascace in the UK
Inhibace (cilazapril) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. It's also used with digitalis and/or fluid pills to treat congestive heart failure.
Inhibace is classified as an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
Inhibace comes in 2.5 mg and 5 mg oral tablets.
Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with your Inhibace prescription. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
High blood pressure
If taking Inhibace alone to treat high blood pressure, the recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg by mouth one time a day. The dose may be adjusted based on response to the medication. Patients should not take more than 10 mg per day.
If taking Inhibace with fluid pills, caution should be used. All fluid pills should be stopped 2 to 3 days before starting treatment with Inhibace. If the fluid pills cannot be stopped, then the recommended starting dose of Inhibace is 0.5 mg by mouth once daily with close blood pressure monitoring. The dose may be adjusted based on response to the medication.
Congestive Heart Failure
The recommended starting dose for patients with congestive heart failure is 0.5 mg by mouth one time a day. The dose may be adjusted based on response to the medication.
The dose may also be adjusted in elderly patients and in patients with kidney problems or low sodium levels.
The active ingredient in Inhibace medication is cilazapril. The inactive ingredients include lactose monohydrate, cornstarch, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, talc, sodium stearyl fumarate, and titanium dioxide. Iron oxide is used as a coloring agent.
Patients should avoid taking Inhibace if they:
Serious Warnings and Precautions
The use of INHIBACE (cilazapril) is contraindicated during pregnancy (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). When used in pregnancy, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can cause injury or even death of the developing fetus. Pregnant women should be informed of the potential hazards to the fetus and must not take INHIBACE during pregnancy. Patients planning pregnancy should be changed to alternative antihypertensive treatments which have an established safety profile for use in pregnancy. When pregnancy is detected, INHIBACE should be discontinued as soon as possible and, if appropriate, alternative therapy should be started.
The most common side effects that can occur with Inhibace treatment include headache, dizziness, and coughing; however, these are not all the side effects that can occur during treatment. Call your doctor right away if you develop side effects that are bothersome or continuous.
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Inhibace cilazapril tablets. Mississauga, Ontario: Hoffman-La Roche Limited; 2018.