Brand Name(s):

  • Univasc®
  • Uniretic®(as a combination product containing Moexipril Hydrochloride and Hydrochlorothiazide)

IMPORTANT WARNING

Do not take moexipril if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking moexipril, call your doctor immediately.

WHY is this medicine prescribed?

Moexipril is used to treat high blood pressure. It decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels, so blood flows more smoothly.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

HOW should this medicine be used?

Moexipril comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day and should be taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take moexipril exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Moexipril controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take moexipril even if you feel well. Do not stop taking moexipril without talking to your doctor.

What SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS should I follow?

Before taking moexipril,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to moexipril or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor if you have diabetes (high blood sugar) and you are taking aliskiren (Tekturna, in Amturnide, Tekamlo, Tekturna HCT). Your doctor will probably tell you not to take moexipril if you have diabetes and you are also taking aliskiren.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics ('water pills'), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), other medications for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart or kidney disease or diabetes.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking moexipril.

What SPECIAL DIETARY instructions should I follow?

Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.

What should I do IF I FORGET to take a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What SIDE EFFECTS can this medicine cause?

Moexipril may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • cough
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • excessive tiredness
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • fast heartbeat

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fainting
  • rash

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at Web Site] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

What should I know about STORAGE and DISPOSAL of this medication?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

What should I do in case of OVERDOSE?

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to moexipril.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

AHFS® Consumer Medication Information. © Copyright, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland. All Rights Reserved. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized by ASHP.

Selected Revisions: November 15, 2012.