What Is Monopril Used For?
How Does Monopril Work?Monopril is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Monopril helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Monopril causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
By helping blood vessels relax, Monopril 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 effects are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
Is Monopril Used in Children?Monopril has been approved for high blood pressure treatment in children six years of age and older.
Is Monopril Used for Off-Label Reasons?On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend Monopril for treating a condition other than those listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. One off-label Monopril use is the treatment of kidney problems in people with scleroderma, which is the hardening and thickening of the skin.