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What is perindopril?

Perindopril is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet.Perindopril isn't available as a brand-name drug. It's only available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name versions.Perindopril may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you need to take it with other drugs.

Why it's used

Perindopril oral tablet is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Reducing your blood pressure lowers your risk of complications, such as stroke or heart attack.Perindopril is also used to lower your risk of death or heart attack if you have stable coronary artery disease

How it works

Perindopril belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Perindopril works by helping your blood vessels relax and widen. This lowers your blood pressure.

Perindopril side effects

Perindopril oral tablet doesn't cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects.

More common side effects

Some of the more common side effects that can occur with use of perindopril include:

  • dizziness
  • weakness
  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • cough
  • back pain
  • low blood pressure, which may make you feel dizzy or faint
  • If these effects are mild, they may disappear within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they're more severe or don't disappear, talk to your doctor or pharmacist


If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include severe dizziness, weakness, fainting.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised September 2017. Copyright(c) 2017 First Databank, Inc.