Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initially, 0.5 mg once daily, 1st dose preferably given at bedtime to avoid precipitous fall in BP. Maintenance: 1-2 mg once daily up to 4 mg/day as a single or in 2 divided doses.

Post-myocardial infarction
Adult: Initially, 0.5 mg once daily to be started 3 days after infarction, may increase to max 4 mg once daily.
Renal Impairment
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<10 Initially, 0.5 mg/day. Max: 2 mg/day.
Hepatic Impairment
No dosage adjustment needed.
May be taken with or without food.
History of angioedema related to previous ACE inhibitor treatment, hereditary/idiopathic angioedema. Pregnancy and lactation.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ diarrhoea, collagen vascular disease, severe volume and/or salt depletion. Patients on dialysis and dietary salt restriction. Patients w/ unilateral or bilateral renal-artery stenosis. Increased risk of angioedema in Black patients. Renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Cough, headache, hypotension, hyperkalemia, fatigue, dizziness, diarrhoea, asthenia; neutropenia/agranulocytosis; intestinal angioedema.
Potentially Fatal: Anaphylactic reactions and angioedema (e.g. laryngeal angioedema and tongue oedema). Rarely, fulminant hepatic necrosis.
Patient Counseling Information
Patients should be informed to refrain from activities involving mental alertness and physical coordination after drug intake.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor renal function, BP, leukocytes, serum creatinine and K levels. Correct volume and/or salt depletion prior to treatment.
Symptoms: Severe hypotension, bradycardia, shock, stupor, electrolyte disturbance and renal failure. Management: Perform haemodialysis and stomach emptying.
Drug Interactions
Additive hyperkalaemic effect w/ K-sparing diuretics, K-containing salt substitutes and supplements. May increase serum levels and toxicity of lithium. May increase hypoglycaemic effect of antidiabetics. Increased risk of renal function deterioration w/ NSAIDs.
Food Interaction
May worsen HTN w/ licorice.
Mechanism of Action: Trandolapril, a prodrug of trandolaprilat, competitively inhibits ACE from converting angiotensin I to angiotensin II (a potent vasoconstrictor) resulting in increased plasma renin activity and reduced aldosterone (a hormone that causes water and Na retention) secretion. This promotes vasodilation and BP reduction.
Onset: 1-2 hr.
Duration: At least 24 hr.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed. Bioavailability: 40-60% (trandolaprilat); 10% (trandolapril). Time to peak plasma concentration: 4-6 hr (trandolaprilat).
Distribution: Volume of distribution: Approx 18 L. Plasma protein binding: >80% (trandolaprilat).
Metabolism: Hepatically hydrolysed to trandolaprilat (active metabolite) and inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 33%, as trandolaprilat); faeces (66%). Half-life: 16-24 hr (trandolaprilat).
Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
ACE Inhibitors/Direct Renin Inhibitors
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