What is Zestril?
Zestril is an ACE inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It is also used to treat congestive heart failure in adults, or to improve survival after a heart attack.
How does Zestril work?
ACE inhibitors such as Zestril lower blood pressure by reducing the production of angiotensin II, thereby relaxing arterial muscle and enlarging arteries.
How should be Zestril consumed?
Follow directions on prescription. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Drink plenty of water each day while using this medicine. Zestril can be taken with or without food.
Why does Zestril cause a cough?
Like all ACE inhibitors, Zestril may cause a nonproductive cough that resolves when the drug is discontinued.
Is this drug safe to take during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Zestril should not be taken during pregnancy because fetuses and neonates have died when Zestril was administered during pregnancy.