What Is Vasotec Used For?
Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure is a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. It does not mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not able to pump blood the way that it should.
For people with congestive heart failure, Vasotec decreases blood pressure, making the heart more efficient and allowing more blood to be pumped from the heart. These effects of Vasotec can cause a decrease in the symptoms of congestive heart failure, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling. Taking Vasotec can also lead to improved exercise tolerance and a decreased chance of hospitalization. Vasotec is not a cure for congestive heart failure.
Vasotec is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or 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 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.
Vasotec has been approved to treat high blood pressure in children ages one month and older.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Vasotec for treating something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses of Vasotec include using it to treat kidney problems in people with scleroderma, which is hardening and thickening of the skin.