Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Heart failure
Adult: Initially, 0.5 mg once daily increased to a maintenance dose of 1-2.5 mg once daily. Max: 5 mg/day.
Elderly: Initially, 0.5 mg/day.

Adult: Initially, 1 mg once daily. 1st dose preferably at bedtime to avoid precipitous fall in BP. Maintenance: 2.5-5 mg/day. Patients on diuretics: Initially, 0.5 mg/day.
Elderly: Initially, 0.5 mg/day.
Renal Impairment
Mild to moderate: Initially, 0.5 mg/day. Max: 2.5 mg once daily. Severe (CrCl <10 mL/min): Avoid.
Hepatic Impairment
Cirrhosis: Initially, 0.5 mg/day.
May be taken with or without food.
History of angioedema w/ previous ACE inhibitor therapy. Hereditary and idiopathic angioedema. Ascites. Severe renal impairment. Coadministration w/ aliskiren in patients w/ DM or renal impairment. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ aortic stenosis or outflow tract obstruction, ishaemic heart or cerebrovascular disease, unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis, and collagen vascular disease. Hepatic and renal impairment. Elderly, lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Dizziness, headache, fatigue, persistent dry cough, skin rash, nausea, hyperkalaemia, symptomatic hypotension.
Potentially Fatal: Anaphylactic reactions, fulminant hepatic necrosis.
Patient Counseling Information
May impair ability to drive and operate machineries.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor serum creatinine, BUN, electrolytes, CBC w/ differential and BP.
Symptoms: Tachycardia, palpitations, bradycardia, hypotension, hyperventilation, circulatory shock, dizziness, electrolyte disturbances, anxiety and cough. Management: IV infusion of NaCl 0.9% 9 mg/mL soln. Consider the use of angiotensin II infusion and/or IV catecholamines if available. Cilazaprilat can also be removed by haemodialysis.
Drug Interactions
Additive hyperkalaemic effects w/ K-sparing diuretics, K supplements, other drugs that can cause hyperkalaemia. May increase lithium concentration and toxicity. Concomitant use w/ TCAs and antipsychotics may further reduce BP. Reduced antihypertensive effects w/ sympathomimetics.
Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of hyperkalaemia, hypotension and changes in renal function w/ concomitant aliskiren in patients w/ DM and renal impairment.
Food Interaction
Avoid licorice as it may worsen HTN.
Description: Cilazapril, a prodrug of cilazaprilat, a competitive inhibitor of ACE, which prevents the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II that causes vasodilation and reduces peripheral resistance. It may also reduce degradation of bradykinin and affect enzymes involved in the generation of prostaglandins. Reduces both preload and afterload, and left ventricular remodelling.
Onset: Approx 1-2 hr.
Duration: 24 hr.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed. Bioavailability: Approx 60% (cilazaprilat). Time to peak plasma concentration: W/in 2 hr.
Metabolism: Undergoes hepatic hydrolysis and converted to its active metabolite (cilazaprilat).
Excretion: Via urine (53% as unchanged cilazaprilat). Effective half-life: 9 hr.
Store at 25°C.
MIMS Class
ACE Inhibitors/Direct Renin Inhibitors
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