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Ramipril side effects

Ramipril is a prescription medication which can be used to treat high blood pressure. It lowers the risk of a number of complications associated with the condition such as heart attack, stroke or aneurysm.

Ramipril is known as an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, a group of medications which are known for presenting a low risk of side effects. However, all prescription medications can cause some unpleasant symptoms in certain patients.


Mild headaches are among the most common neurological side effects that could occur when taking Ramipril. Disorientation is very rare but there is a chance that it could occur.


Stomach pain and diarrhoea are fairly common side effects of this medication.


There is a chance you may experience itching when taking Ramipril. It is very rare to experience a severe skin rash, though this may occur.

Eyes and nose

A congested nose is an uncommon side effect. It is very rare to experience itchy eyes after taking this medication, but it is a possibility.

Ramipril side effects

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Common side effects

The most common side effects will affect fewer than one in every ten people who take the medication. Some people may not suffer from any of the symptoms but if they persist you should contact a doctor as there may be a more appropriate medication for you.

Uncommon side effects

Uncommon side effects of Ramipril will affect between one in ten and one in every 100 people who take the medication. If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your doctor for further advice.

Rare side effects

Fewer than one in every 1,000 people will experience the rare side effects which can occur when taking Ramipril. If you do experience any of these side effects you should contact your doctor immediately.

Stomach pain
Change in taste
Congested nose
Irregular heartbeat
Blurred vision
Severe skin rash
Itchy eyes
Feeling weak

Allergic reactions

On rare occasions a patient may experience an allergic reaction to Ramipril. If this occurs you must stop taking the medication and contact your doctor immediately. The symptoms you may experience include swelling of the face, mouth or throat, making it difficult to breath or swallow. You may also experience a severe skin rash or swelling and blistering.

Severe side effects

Some side effects have been reported on occasion but there is not enough data to give exact figures as to how common they are. They occur in a very small number of patients and may be an indication of an intolerance to the medication. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms you must contact a doctor as soon as possible in order to see whether a different high blood pressure medication may be more appropriate for you. These side effects include:

  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Lung problems such as a cough or shortness of breath
  • Easy bruising or bleeding for longer than usual, such as from the gums
  • Severe stomach or back pain which can indicate pancreatitis
  • Signs of liver problems such as yellowing of the eyes.
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