Cilazapril

(sye LAY za pril)

Brand Names: Canada

  • Apo-Cilazapril®
  • CO Cilazapril
  • Inhibace®
  • Mylan-Cilazapril
  • Novo-Cilazapril
  • PHL-Cilazapril
  • PMS-Cilazapril

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to cilazapril or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has any of these health problems: A block in the kidneys' arteries, other kidney disease, or hyperaldosteronism.

Why does my child need this drug?

  • It is used to help a weak heart.
  • It is used to treat high blood pressure.

How is this drug given?

  • Give as you have been told, even if your child is feeling better.
  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Have your child follow the diet and workout plan your child's doctor told you about.

How long does this drug take to work?

  • It may take a few weeks to see the full effect.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.
  • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

What safety measures do I need to take when my child is using this drug?

  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Do not run out of this drug.
  • Have your child's blood pressure checked often. Talk with your child's doctor.
  • Have your child's blood work checked. Talk with your child's doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child's doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Do not give antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
  • Do not give salt substitutes that have potassium, potassium-saving water pills, or extra potassium with this drug.
  • If your child is taking this drug and has high blood pressure, talk with the doctor before giving OTC products that may raise blood pressure. These include cough or cold drugs, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like products, and some natural products or aids.
  • Be careful in hot weather. Have your child drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.

What are some side effects of this drug?

  • Feeling dizzy. Have your child get up slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Have your child be extra careful climbing stairs.
  • Headache.
  • Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal.
  • Cough.

When do I need to call my child's doctor?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child's doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows any signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color or sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • If your child shows signs of very bad dizziness or passes out.
  • If your child has trouble breathing.
  • If your child has a cough that does not go away.
  • If your child has swelling in his/her legs or belly.
  • If your child has a big weight gain.
  • If your child starts to sweat more than normal, has fluid loss, is throwing up, or has loose stools. This may lead to low blood pressure.
  • If your child has dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you believe your child’s health problem is worse.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.

General drug facts

  • If your child has a very bad allergy, he/she needs to wear an allergy ID at all times.
  • You may get this drug by drug order only. If there are refills, call your pharmacy. If your child does not have refills left, you may need to call your child's doctor.
  • Get rid of this drug when your child no longer needs it or if the drug is outdated.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • If you do not use a drug the right way, it may not be safe. Follow what your child’s doctor tells you.