How to take Perindopril
You must always take Perindopril as instructed by your doctor – never take more than your specified dose. Swallow the medicine whole with a glass of water – do not crush, chew or break the tablets. Perindopril is most effective when taken on an empty stomach as more of the dose is absorbed into the bloodstream. The medication may cause dizziness in some users; for this reason, your doctor may advise you to take your first dose at bedtime. If you do not experience any dizziness, it is recommended that you take your dose at the same time each morning, ideally 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast.
High Blood Pressure Dosage
Initially, take 4mg a day. This will be increased by your doctor every two weeks, up to a maximum of 16mg a day, to ensure you get the right dose. You should take your medication at the same time every day, ideally in the morning. However, Perindopril is available in 2mg, 4mg and 8mg tablets and your doctor may advise you to take your Perindopril in several doses over the course of the day.
Coronary Artery Disease Dosage
For Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), initially take 4mg a day. This will be increased every two weeks up to a maximum of 8mg a day. You should take your medication at the same time each day, but your doctor may allow you to take your medication in smaller doses over the course of the day.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you forget a dose of Perindopril, you should take it as soon as you can, unless it is less than 12 hours until your next dose is due. You should not double-dose or take two doses close together, as this could cause dangerous side effects and lower your blood pressure to unsafe levels.