This drug is a medication that is used in dogs and cats to dilate blood vessels which helps the heart to work more efficiently. Enalapril maleate is available in the form of tablets.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- An angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat heart failure
- To treat high blood pressure
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals with liver disease
- Animals with blood disorders
- Animals with certain kidney disease
- Animals with certain vascular disease
- Animals that are dehydrated
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Discuss with your veterinarian if this medication is to be given with food.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Baseline blood work is recommended to assess your pet's general health before starting this medication.
Periodic blood work, chest radiographs, and urinalysis may be recommended to monitor enalapril maleate's effects on the body as long term therapy is often necessary. Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cats is responding clinically.
It is important that your pet does not become dehydrated while taking this medication, ensure that they have access to fresh water at all times.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Enalapril maleate should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Consult with your veterinarian if you switch between different brands of enalapril maleate as monitoring your pet's condition may be required during this transition.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss
- This medication can affect the kidneys causing increases in thirst and urination
- This medication can affect the levels of potassium in the blood causing a slow heart rate and weakness
- This medication can cause low blood pressure causing lethargy and weakness
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving enalapril maleate in conjunction with: digoxin, diuretics (ex. furosemide, spironolactone), nonsteroidal antiinflammatories (ex. acetaminophen, deracoxib, carprofen, ibuprofen, meloxicam), and potassium supplements
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with enalapril maleate
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, enalapril maleate should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about enalapril maleate. If you have any questions or concerns about enalapril maleate or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.