Aceon is categorized as an ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor) inhibitor that can be used for patients who are afflicted with hypertension and heart attack. It contains the active component perindopril which helps to relax blood vessels and lower the pressure in the body. There are two versions of this active ingredient, perindopril erbumine and perindopril arginine which can be used interchangeably to provide the same effect. However, the dose required to give the same therapeutic effect will vary between the two as they have different molecular weights.
Aceon is used for treating high blood pressure and some conditions that lead to a heart attack or heart failure. One such condition includes a heart disease called coronary artery disease. Hence people falling under either of the aforesaid category can use this medication and get an effective treatment. Lowering the blood pressure of a person also helps to prevent other health ailments like kidney diseases in diabetes patients. The objective of this medication is to relax the blood vessels, which it does by reducing the levels of ACE in the body.
Dosage and Administration
Aceon comes in the form of a tablet and the tablet must be consumed along with a full glass of water. It can be taken either with or without food. Plenty of fluids must be taken while consuming this medication.
For the management of hypertension, a 4 mg dose of Aceon per day is the initial prescribed dose. Based on the patient’s response to the treatment, the dose can be increased to a maximum of 16 mg per day. The maintenance dose is usually 4 to 8 mg per day.
Aceon can either be taken in a single dose or divided into 2 different dosing intervals. For elderly patients, a dose reduction is recommended with the maximum dose not exceeding 8 mg per day.
Serious side effects of Aceon for which a doctor must be contacted immediately are:
- Difficulty in urination or unable to urinate
- High potassium content in the blood the symptoms of which include weak pulse, slow heart rate and tingly feeling
- Rapid weight gain
Other common side effects include cough, lightheadedness and pain in the back.
Contraindications to Aceon
The medication is known to interact with a diuretic, NSAID’s, gold injections given to treat arthritis, potassium supplements, lithium and any salt substitutes that contain potassium. Other interacts that are not listed here might also occur. Hence, it is a must to inform your doctor about all the medications that you consume.