In the case of Vasotec, a generic version of the medication is available. A generic Vasotec, sold as Enalapril Maleate, is manufactured by a number of companies. This generic form of Vasotec is available in four different strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg.
Vasotec® (enalapril) is a medication that has been licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and congestive heart failure. Vasotec is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short. Vasotec 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, Vasotec causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure. It also allows the heart to work more efficiently.
Vasotec was originally developed by Merck & Co. It is currently manufactured by Biovail Pharmaceutical. Vasotec has since come off patent, making it available as a generic.
Generic Vasotec is sold as Enalapril Maleate and comes in several strengths, including:
- Enalapril Maleate 2.5 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 5 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 10 mg
- Enalapril Maleate 20 mg.
A number of companies manufacture generic Vasotec, such as:
- Watson Pharmaceuticals
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Labs
- Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals
- Par Pharmaceuticals.