Brand name for lisinopril, Avil is a well-known angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Avil is reduces racing blood pressure to provide relief to cardiac patients. Since hypertension increases the risks of cardiac attack in patients already suffering from various cardiac disorders, Avil influences the survival rate of those patients by cutting down the chances of Cardiac arrest. This wonder drug also prevents the damage of blood vessels in the heart, kidney and brain caused by prolonged high blood pressure. Patients are normally put on Avil within 24 hours of cardiac attack to support the vulnerable cardiac muscles. Known for restricting the weakening of heart, Avil is also prescribed to treat kidney related disorders in patients having high blood sugar. Avil functions by standing in the path of an enzyme required for producing blood vessel tightening substance. By relaxing the blood vessels and allowing easy supply of oxygen and blood to the heart, Avil restricts the sudden termination of pumping by the heart. However, Physicians may use Avil for the treatment of other diseases.
For prescribing the right dosage to you, your doctor needs to know in details about your past and present medical conditions. Don't forget to inform him before he prescribes Avil to you, if you are already suffering from kidney, cardiac diseases or have high amount of potassium in blood.
Listed in the FDA pregnancy category D, Avil is potent enough to cause damage to the growing embryo if taken during pregnancy. It can result in the premature death of the fetus if taken during the second and third phases of pregnancy. Thus Avil should not be taken during pregnancy. So far it is not known for sure whether Avil passes into breast milk or not. Doctors and researchers have two different opinions on this. Some had opined in favor and some against Avil. To be on the safer side, it is thus recommended not to go for Avil while breast-feeding without consulting with a doctor.
Children may be especially sensitive to the blood pressure-lowering effect of ACE inhibitors. This may increase the chance of side effects or other problems during treatment. Therefore, it is especially important that you discuss with the child's doctor the good that Avil may do as well as the risks of using it.
Avil may not work in harmony with all other drugs. Inform your doctor beforehand if you are already under any of the following medications:
- Salt substitutes containing potassium;
Avil may give birth to serious and fatal side effects like racing heartbeat, reduced amount of urine, excessive tiredness, breathing trouble, closed throat, swollen lips, tongue, or face. Rush to your doctor as soon as you experience any of the following as these side effects may be detrimental.
Users of Avil quite often face side effects like reduced sexual drive, headache, dry, tickling cough, muscle cramps, numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash. These side effects are known to be less harmful.
Side effects abdominal pain, high body temperature, tremors, hoarseness, yellow eyes or skin are rare but found. Don't ignore any of the above-mentioned side effects and see a doctor as soon as possible.
So far no cases of Avil overdose with fatal consequences have been reported. But the possibilities cannot be ruled out however. Consult your doctor as soon as you can make out that you have taken in a double dose or experience overdose symptoms like excessive fatigue, drowsiness or fall unconscious suddenly.
On the other hand, missing a dose of Avil is not harmful. Just pop in the dose as soon as you remember that you have missed one. But if it is already time for the next dose, just go on and take the scheduled one and forget about the last one. Avoid taking double dose at all costs. Remember that the drug needs to be taken in proper dose regularly for best results.
Follow the instructions prescribed by the doctor strictly for the best usage guidelines. Normally Avil is taken with glass full of water. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the intake of Avil without or without food. Take special care while driving, working on a machine or undertaking some risky task after the intake of Avil. Also stop taking alcohol while taking Avil, as the combination is known to bring down blood pressure resulting in drowsiness and sudden fainting. Take more and more liquid and avoid salty food as Avil may cause dehydration. Remember not to cease intake of Avil suddenly without consulting a doctor. Last but not the least; store Avil at room temperature away from moisture and heat for best results.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Avil may also be known as: