FAQs ABOUT EL
Can EL be used during pregnancy?
EL is not recommended for use in early pregnancy and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used past the third month of pregnancy. Consult your doctor before taking EL.
Can EL be crushed?
No. Do not crush EL. Take EL as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
Can EL cause erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is an uncommon side effect of EL that might occur in men. Consult your doctor if you have trouble getting an erection or related symptoms.
Can EL cause hyperkalemia?
Yes. Hyperkalemia (increase in potassium levels) is a common side effect of EL. It is usually detected by blood test. If you experience any symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, or muscle pain, consult your doctor.
How fast will EL work?
EL usually starts to act within an hour, and its effect lasts upto 24 hours. Some people may require several weeks of treatment until the optimum effect on their blood pressure is observed.
What EL is used for?
EL is used to treat high blood pressure, also used to treat and prevent signs of heart failure such as shortness of breath, tiredness after light physical activities like walking.
What are the common side effects of EL?
The most common side effects of taking EL are blurred vision, dizziness, cough, nausea, weakness, headache, depression, fainting, fast heartbeat, and chest pain. Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms gets worse.
What kind of foods should be avoided while taking EL?
EL has the capacity to increase blood potassium level which can lead to irregular heartbeat. To prevent any such occurrence, it is advisable to avoid potassium rich foods such as bananas, oranges, green leafy vegetables, and potassium containing salt while taking EL.
Can alcohol be taken with EL?
Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking EL since it might lower blood pressure and make you feel dizzy, light-headed, or faint. Consult your doctor before taking EL.
What happens if you stop taking EL?
If you stop taking EL, your blood pressure may increase and affects the functioning of your heart and kidneys. Hence, it is advised not to stop the medicine on your own and instead seek advice from your consulting doctor.