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Vasotec (enalapril) is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, left ventricular dysfunction, and congestive heart failure. One of a group of drugs known as ACE inhibitors, this medication works by blocking the angiotensin-converting enzyme. This causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure. Possible side effects of Vasotec may include fatigue, cough, headache, dizziness, and nausea.

What Is Vasotec?

Vasotec® (enalapril) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.

What Is Vasotec Used For?

Vasotec is licensed to treat a number of conditions. In the case of adults, these uses include:
Vasotec is not a cure for high blood pressure or congestive heart failure.
This medication is also used to treat high blood pressure in children one month of age and older.

How Does It Work?

Vasotec is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Vasotec helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Vasotec causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
By helping blood vessels relax, Vasotec also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
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