Accupril

Common Brands Accupril
Drug Class
ACE inhibitor
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Availability
Prescription only
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023

Overview

Accupril, a widely prescribed medication, is a brand name for the generic drug Quinapril, belonging to the class of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. This drug is primarily employed in the management of hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure.

As a potent medication in cardiovascular care, Accupril plays a crucial role in improving blood flow and reducing the strain on the heart, ultimately contributing to better cardiovascular health.

Quinapril, the active ingredient in Accupril, exerts its therapeutic effects by inhibiting the activity of ACE, an enzyme responsible for converting angiotensin I to angiotensin II. Angiotensin II is a substance that typically causes blood vessels to constrict, raising blood pressure. 

By blocking ACE, Accupril helps dilate blood vessels, leading to improved blood circulation and a subsequent decrease in blood pressure.

DRUG STATUS

Availability

Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy