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What is Enalapril?

Enalapril is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe heart failure and high blood pressure, and is usually used in combination with other medications. Enalapril requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
  • Helps the heart beat more efficiently
  • Prevents fluid buildup in the lungs
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves ability to tolerate exercise
How it Works:

Enalapril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by blocking an enzyme in the body that is needed to produce a substance that causes blood vessels to tighten. As a result, the blood vessels relax. This lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Cautions:

Do not give your pet potassium supplements unless directed to by your veterinarian. Enalapril may cause birth defects. Do not give to pregnant animals.

Brand Name:

Enacard (Merial), Vasotec (Merck)

Generic Name:

Enalapril

What is Enalapril:

Enalapril belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Enalapril is used in dogs to treat congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Enalapril may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Enalapril to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to enalapril or any other ACE inhibitor such as lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), captopril (Capoten), or benazopril (Lotensin) or any other medications. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease; heart disease or congestive heart failure; diabetes; lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, lactating, or if you intend to breed your pet. Enalapril may cause birth defects or harm a nursing pup.

What is the most important information I should know about Enalapril:

Enalapril is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is a commonly accepted practice to use Enalapril in cats as well. Enalapril is available by prescription as 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg tablets. The usual dose in dogs is 0.25mg per pound once a day. The usual dose in cats is 0.1 to 0.25mg per pound once a day. The dose of Enalapril may require adjustment based on the animal's response to treatment. Enalapril is usually administered with furosemide and digoxin. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or if you plan on breeding your pet. Enalapril could cause birth defects. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. If the pet becomes dehydrated, this can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure.

How should this medication be given:

Give Enalapril exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give this medication in larger amounts, or take for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Enalapril may be given with or without food. Periodic liver and kidney function testing may be required by your veterinarian. Store Enalapril at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What should I avoid while giving Enalapril:

Do not give potassium supplements to your pet unless directed to by your veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Enalapril:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop using this Enalapril and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; or hives). Call your veterinarian if your pet develops any of these serious side effects; fainting; urinating more or less than usual, or not at all; fever, chills; easy bruising, or bleeding; swelling, rapid weight gain. Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Enalapril, but speak to your veterinarian if your pet experiences; cough; loss of appetite; dizziness, drowsiness; sleep problems; dry mouth; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; mild itching or skin rash. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Enalapril:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given; a potassium supplement; aspirin or other NSAIDs such as etodolac (EtoGesic), carprofen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), and others; a diuretic. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medications, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Enalapril is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is FDA approved for use in dogs only, however it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe enalapril for cats as well.
  • Enalapril is used to treat mild, moderate, or severe heart failure and high blood pressure and is usually used in combination with other medications.
  • Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or if you plan on breeding your pet. Enalapril could cause birth defects.
Tip:

Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Enalapril may be given with or without food. Periodic liver and kidney function testing may be required by your veterinarian.

Dosage:
Dogs:
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Usual dosage is 0.25mg per pound of pet's body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Cats:
Weight
Dosage
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Usual dosage is 0.1-0.25mg per pound of pet's body weight once daily or as directed by veterinarian
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

Ingredients
Enalapril 2.5 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
2.5 mg
Enalapril 5 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
5 mg
Enalapril 10 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
10 mg
Enalapril 20 mg Tablets:
Active Ingredient
Amount
Enalapril Maleate
20 mg
Customer Reviews
Enalapril is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 82.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great medicine! My vet started him on this back in Oct of 16. Oreo had been lethargic was coughing every time he moved even slightly. He wasn't eating much and would throw up most of what he did eat. then the vet put him on enalapril and Oreo is almost his old self again. He has energy again, he doesn't cough anymore, and he is eating like a champ. The coughing was due to Congestive heart failure so his heart itself is doing bad but with this medicine he is not only still alive but he is doing fantastic. Not bad for a 15 yr old dog with a really bad heart murmur.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeping my boy alive Last summer BamBam was having difficulty breathing, we thought it was maybe because I'd the heat. After the emergency room he was diagnosed with heart murmurs, enlarged heart and fluids in the heart. We were told he'd have to stay on medication for the rest of his life in order to make it. 5 pills a day seems a lot but Enalapril is his first of the day and he takes it with no problems.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonder Drug! Dobby, my Powder-Puff Chinese Crested, has been on Enalapril for a few years now. His quality of life is mainly due to this great medication! He is almost 16 and doing well. 1-800Petmeds is my favorite source for medications. Delivered FAST and always quality items. Treats included!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good medication My dog has been on enalapril for awhile now and I don't think she could live without it with her heart problems
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helping Murphy to live some quality life a while. Thought I was going to lose him the end of August. Got him on Enalapril and a diuretic and within 2 weeks he was quite a bit better. He is an 11 year old St. Bernard but this medication has given him more quality of life for whatever time he still has. I am grateful.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service! They always do everything they can so my dog gets her meds on time, even free two day shipping for my piece of mind! They include treats for my dog and cat when I refill my dog's med.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of six daily pills does the trick I have used 1-800 pet meds as my pet pharmacy because of the quality of product and the care and efficiency of the customer reps and pharmacists. The enalapril is one of a group of pills Molly takes for congestive heart failure and Addisons disease. She is doing well because of her meds and regular exercise.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works My Maltese diagnosed about 31/2 years now with a bad ventricle in the heart. If it wasn't for pet meds and there affordable prices I am not sure if my baby would be here today. However she is 15 now and thanks to pedmeds she is!
Date published: 2016-11-22
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Q&A

My dog has a narrowed windpipe &  we can't put pills down his throat 4 fear of choking & he is a real picky eater so we crush the pill & add to a little water & put in a syringe-how much does the pill lose its effect by doing this?

Asked by: Apricot815
This is fine to do with enalapril as long as your dog finishes the entire contents of the water. Doing this shouldn't lose much efficacy as long as it is all taken.
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-03-10

Is a prescription needed for Enlapril? Your meds are half the price of my vet's.

Asked by: Lynn
Hello Lynn, Thanks for recognizing our great prices! Enalapril does require a prescription. Thanks for asking, Pharacy Intern
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-02-16

I've been giving enalapril and furosemide for 2-3 weeks and she lately been very disoriented. She's having trouble seeing, hearing and just spaced out. I stopped giving it to her as I read the side effects sounded terrible. Any side effects for stopping t

Asked by: Tia101
Consult your veterinarian if your pet is experiencing side effects from the medication.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-11-23

My ShihTzu's, 12 is taking carpaquin and gabapenton for arthritis. He was also prescribed 2.5mg of enalapril. Is it safe to take a non-steroidal anti inflammatory with the enalapril? He is expelling protein in his urine.

Asked by: Leslie126
Taking an NSAID with Enalapril may reduce the anti-hypertensive effects or positive hemodynamic effects of Enalapril. It also may cause reduced renal function. However, clinical significance has not been established in a dog receiving both Enalapril and an NSAID. Contact your veterinarian if your dog is expelling protein in his urine, as this may be a sign of poor or reduced renal function.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-21

My Maltese was put on Enalapril to help her with her heart valve condition, causing her heart murmur.  After 3 weeks, she's developed what sounds like a cough or a hacking noise.  Could this be from the Enalapril.  I know in humans, it can cause a cough.

Asked by: Laboydd
Yes, Enalapril can cause a dry hacking cough as a side effect. If this is severe or bothersome to your pet, let your veterinarian know.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-14

Can you crush this pill in the cats food. Won't take it any other way.

Asked by: Buttercup
Yes, you can crush enalapril. Greenies Pill Pockets are another great way to get your pet to take a pill.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-09-29

ingredients

why isn't the ingredients posted on the web sites or on the pkging? some dogs are allergic to wheat and glutin like humans. I need to know if there is glutin in enalapril.
Asked by: Anonymous
Most drug companies will only list the active ingredients with prescription medications. The only other ingredients are binding agents and dissolving agents and the company who makes the drug would be the only souce of that information. The number to Wockhardt(the company that makes this medication), is 973-257-4960. They would be able to answer your question about the other ingredients. Thanks for your question.
Answered by: Marty Pharm D Rph
Date published: 2015-07-02

what does enalapril maleate look like

Asked by: Anonymous
The color, size and markings on the Enalapril tablets vary depending on the strength.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-07-13
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