Perindopril can have some side effects. Speak to your doctor if these side effects do not go away after your body gets used to the treatment. If you get any serious side effects, call your doctor straight away, or visit A&E.
The most common side effects include:
- shortness of breath
- nausea and vomiting (feeling or being sick)
- muscle cramps
- feeling tired
- allergic reaction, such as a skin rash or itching
- pins and needles
Uncommon side effects include:
- dry mouth
- trouble sleeping
- mood wings
- kidney problems
- change in blood tests, such as low sodium or blood sugar
- blisters on the skin
- erectile dysfunction
- muscle pain
Rare side effects include:
- worsening of psoriasis (a skin condition)
- a change in the level of enzymes in your liver
- jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes)
Very rare side effects include:
- irregular heartbeat
- heart attack
- blocked or runny nose
- serious allergic reaction, such as wheezing, breathlessness, and swelling in the face or mouth
You can find a full list of side effects included in your tablet pack, on the patient information leaflet.
What are the long term side effects of Perindopril?
Perindopril is usually safe to take for a long time. Sometimes, taking Perindopril for a long time can cause issues with your kidneys, so your doctor will do a blood test regularly, as this will check how well your kidneys are working.
Perindopril erectile dysfunction
Perindopril can cause erectile dysfunction, as listed in the uncommon side effects. Sometimes, high blood pressure can cause erectile dysfunction, as it can reduce the blood flow to the penis. Speak to your doctor if you are taking Perindopril and have erectile dysfunction.
Does Perindopril cause weight gain?
Perindopril does not usually cause weight gain. If you gain weight whilst taking Perindopril, this could be a sign of kidney failure. Other symptoms include swelling in your ankles, feet, or face, feeling itchy, and peeing less often. If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor straight away and stop taking Perindopril.
Why does Perindopril cause a cough?
Perindopril can cause a cough, which usually goes away after you stop taking it. If the cough bothers you, speak to your doctor about alternative treatments for blood pressure.
What happens if I stop taking Perindopril?
You should not stop taking Perindopril unless your doctor has told you to, or your side effects are severe or bothering you. If you do stop taking Perindopril due to side effects, you must speak to your doctor straight away. Stopping treatment can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can increase your chance of a stroke or heart attack.
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