In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02123274 ||COVERSYL 2MG TABLET|
|02123282 ||COVERSYL 4MG TABLET|
|02246624 ||COVERSYL 8MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Perindopril belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure. It helps to control blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels. Perindopril may be used alone or in combination with other medications that reduce blood pressure, especially thiazide diuretics (water pills).
Perindopril is also used to treat mild-to-moderate congestive heart failure in combination with other medications such as diuretics and digoxin. It may also be used to decrease the risk of further cardiac (heart) events after a recent heart attack or for people with coronary artery disease.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
To treat high blood pressure or after a heart attack, the usual starting dose of perindopril is 4 mg taken once daily. The dose may be increased after 2 weeks up to a maximum of 8 mg once daily depending on blood pressure control. Perindopril may be used alone or in combination with other medications to reduce blood pressure.
When used to treat congestive heart failure, the starting dose of perindopril is 2 mg. It may then be increased to 4 mg once daily depending on the effect of the medication and side effects.
For best results, the tablets should be taken before a meal and on an empty stomach. Once-daily doses should be taken in the morning before breakfast. Seniors and people with kidney disease may require smaller doses.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round, film-coated, biconvex tablet contains perindopril erbumine 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydrophobic colloidal silica, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Each light green, rod-shaped, film-coated tablet, engraved with a symbol on one face and scored on both edges contains perindopril erbumine 4 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: chlorophyllin (E141ii) aluminium lake, hydrophobic colloidal silica, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Each green, round, film-coated, biconvex tablet, engraved with a symbol on one face and another symbol on the other contains perindopril erbumine 8 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: chlorophyllin (E141ii) aluminium lake, hydrophobic colloidal silica, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take perindopril if you:
- are allergic to perindopril or any ingredients of the medication
- are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
- have been diagnosed with hereditary angioedema
- have had angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any other ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, enalapril, ramipril)
- have any condition that makes you lactose intolerant
- have diabetes or kidney disease and are taking aliskiren