What Is Moexipril Used For?
Your healthcare provider may recommend moexipril if you have high blood pressure. Although the treatment of high blood pressure is the drug's primary use, moexipril is sometimes used "off-label" for the treatment of other conditions, such as kidney disease or heart failure. Moexipril is approved for adults only, as it has not been studied adequately in children.
An Introduction to the Uses of MoexiprilMoexipril hydrochloride (Univasc®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Blood pressure is a measure of the force inside your blood vessels -- both while the heart is beating and while it is relaxed. High blood pressure, known medically as hypertension, is when the force is too high. If you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through your body.
A blood pressure reading consists of two numbers: a systolic number (the top number) and a diastolic number (the bottom number). The systolic number is a measure of blood pressure when the heart is beating. The diastolic number is a measure of blood pressure when the heart is relaxed. High blood pressure is usually defined as an average blood pressure higher than 140/90 over multiple blood pressure readings.
In some cases, your healthcare provider may recommend a lower blood pressure. This might be the case if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Most people with high blood pressure will not have any symptoms. However, if left untreated, high blood pressure can damage the body's vital organs, including the eyes, heart, brain, and kidneys. Over time, untreated high blood pressure may lead to serious health problems, such as:
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In clinical studies, moexipril has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with hypertension more than a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredient). By lowering blood pressure, moexipril can decrease the risk of developing health problems associated with long-term hypertension.
Moexipril is not a cure for high blood pressure. If you stop taking it, your blood pressure will likely increase. Most people with high blood pressure need to take medication their entire lives.