Common Name: trandolapril
How does Mavik work?Trandolapril belongs to the class of medications called ACE inhibitors. It is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and by making the heart pump more efficiently. It is also used after heart attacks to reduce the risk of another heart attack and prevent the onset or worsening of congestive heart failure. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use Mavik?For treatment of high blood pressure, the recommended adult starting dose is 1 mg once daily with increases in dose every two to four weeks until blood pressure is controlled. The maximum recommended dose is 4 mg once daily. After a heart attack, the recommended starting dose is 1 mg once daily starting no earlier than the third day after the heart attack has taken place. After two days, the recommended dose is increased to 2 mg once daily and after one month, the recommended dose is increased to 4 mg once daily if the medication is tolerated. Trandolapril may be taken with or without food. Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor. It is very important that this medication be taken on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
What form(s) does Mavik come in?Mavik® is available in strengths of 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. 0.5 mg: Each gelatin capsule, with red opaque body and yellow opaque cap, contains trandolapril 0.5 mg. 1 mg: Each gelatin capsule, with red opaque body and orange opaque cap, contains trandolapril 1 mg. 2 mg: Each gelatin capsule, with red opaque body and red opaque cap, contains trandolapril 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: 0.5 mg capsules: maize starch, lactose, povidone, and sodium stearyl fumarate; capsule cap: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide; capsule body: erythrosine, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide. 1 mg and 2 mg capsules: maize starch, lactose, povidone, and sodium stearyl fumarate; capsule cap: gelatin, erythrosine, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide; capsule body: erythrosine, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide.
What should I NOT take with Mavik?Trandolapril should not be taken by: anyone allergic to trandolapril or any of the ingredients of the medication those who have had angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any other ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, ramipril)
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Mavik?Angioedema: Angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) may occur with trandolopril, although uncommonly. If swelling of the face, tongue, or glottis occurs, stop the medication at once and seek immediate medical attention. If you experience angioedema with trandolapril, you should not take any of the other ACE inhibitors, such as enalapril, lisinopril, or quinapril. People who have had angioedema caused by other substances may be at increased risk of angioedema while taking an ACE inhibitor such as trandolapril. Cough: A dry persistent cough may occur for some people taking trandolopril. Be sure to tell your doctor of any cough which does not seem to be related to a usual cause. Kidney function: Changes in kidney function have been seen in certain people. The use of diuretics (water pills) may further increase risk of kidney problems for those at risk for this problem. Low blood pressure: Occasionally, blood pressure drops too low after taking trandolapril. This usually happens after the first or second dose or when the dose is increased. It is more likely to occur for those who take water pills, have a salt restricted diet, are on dialysis, or are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. If low blood pressure causes you to faint or feel lightheaded, contact a doctor. Excessive sweating and lack of fluid intake may lead to an excessive fall in blood pressure because of reduced fluid in your blood vessels. Vomiting or diarrhea may also lead to a fall in blood pressure. Consult your doctor if you feel your blood pressure is too low. Potassium levels: Increases in blood levels of potassium occur for a small percentage of people taking trandolapril. This rarely causes problems, but potassium levels should be monitored by your doctor. Pregnancy: Trandolapril should not be taken by pregnant women. If you discover you are pregnant, stop the medication at once and call your doctor. Breast-feeding: It is not known if trandalopril passes into breast milk. Nursing mothers should not use this medication. Children: The safety and effectiveness of trandolapril have not been established for children. Therefore, its use by this age group is not recommended.