Discussing Moexipril With Your Healthcare Provider
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking moexipril if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure (CHF) or aortic stenosis
- Ever had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or "mini-stroke")
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE for short)
- Been told you have high blood potassium (hyperkalemia) or use salt substitutes
- A personal or family history of angioedema, which is swelling beneath the skin
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Univasc and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Univasc and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Moexipril to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Moexipril Work?Moexipril works by blocking the activity of an enzyme in the body called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Angiotensin-converting enzyme helps create a hormone in the body that constricts (narrows) blood vessels, increasing blood pressure. By blocking ACE, less of the blood vessel-narrowing hormone is made, blood vessels relax, and blood pressure lowers.