Enalapril Maleate is an uncoated tablet prescribed to help manage the symptoms of heart failure, whether mild, moderate or severe, high blood pressure and some other heart conditions. It may be prescribed to treat other cardiac diseases such as cardiomyopathy (a heart muscle disease) and the management of kidney (renal) failure.
Enalapril is indicated in the management of symptoms associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), heart failure, dilated cardiomyopathy, kidney disease, and other types of heart diseases.
Possible Side Effects
The most common side effects are decreased appetite, stomach upset, lethargy, and incoordination. Hypotension (low blood pressure) can also occur. Signs of low blood pressure include weakness/collapse, other kidney problems, increased drinking/urination, slowed heart rate, and a weak pulse. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any behaviors or symptoms that seem unusual after beginning Enalapril.
Drug & Food Interactions
Always tell your veterinarian about medications and supplements your pet is taking before using Enalapril. Interactions are possible when Enalapril is used along with vasodilators or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is using a diuretic medication, such as furosemide, as dosage may need to be altered when it is given with Enalapril.
Enalapril should not be given to pets who are allergic to ACE inhibitors. Pregnant or nursing females should not take Enalapril. This medication should be taken with caution by pets with kidney disease.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.