Monopril Side Effects

Some common Monopril side effects can include a cough, dizziness, or nausea. Although most people tolerate Monopril well, about 4.1 percent of people with high blood pressure and about 8 percent of people with congestive heart failure stop taking the medication because of side effects. The side effects can vary depending on your heart condition. There can also be some rare Monopril side effects, such as weight gain, depression, and a decreased sex drive.

An Overview of Monopril Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects associated with Monopril® (fosinopril sodium). However, not everyone who takes Monopril will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate Monopril well. When side effects do occur, in many cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
About 4.1 percent of people with high blood pressure and about 8 percent of people with congestive heart failure stop taking Monopril because of side effects.
(The Monopril side effects discussed below are not a complete list of side effects reported with this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of these side effects with you.)

Common Monopril Side Effects

Extensive clinical trials have looked at the effects of Monopril on thousands of people worldwide. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common Monopril side effects seen in people with high blood pressure include:
  • Cough -- occurring in up to 2.2 percent of people (see Fosinopril Cough)
  • Dizziness -- up to 1.6 percent
  • Nausea or vomiting -- up to 1.2 percent.
In people with congestive heart failure, the most common side effects include:
  • Dizziness -- occurring in up to 11.9 percent of people
  • Cough -- up to 9.7 percent
  • Low blood pressure -- up to 4.4 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 3.3 percent
  • Nausea or vomiting -- up to 2.2 percent
  • Chest pain not related to the heart -- up to 2.2 percent
  • Upper respiratory infection, such as the flu or common cold -- up to 2.2 percent.
Other side effects with Monopril (occurring in more than 1 percent of people with high blood pressure or heart failure) include, but are not limited to:
  • High levels of potassium in the blood
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting when going from lying down or sitting to standing
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache.
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