What Is Lisinopril?
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. This class of drugs is a group of medications that all work in a similar way, having a similar chemical structure and are often used to treat similar conditions.
Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. It’s also used to improve your chance of survival after a heart attack.
This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you may need to take it with other drugs. This drug relaxes the blood vessels in your body. This reduces stress on your heart and lowers your blood pressure.
Lisinopril side effects
Lisinopril oral tablet does not cause drowsiness. However, it may cause low blood pressure. This can make you fed faint or dizzy. You should don’t drive, use machinery, or do other activities that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Lisinopril can also have other side effects.
The most common side effects that occur with Lisinopril include:
- persistent cough
- low blood pressure
- chest pain
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious Side Effects
hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction. Symptoms include:
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- trouble breathing
- trouble swallowing
- stomach (abdomen) pain with or without nausea or vomiting
kidney problems. Symptoms include:
- swelling, especially of your hands, feet, or ankles
- shortness of breath
- weight gain
liver failure. Symptoms include:
- yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
- elevated liver enzymes
- stomach pain
- nausea and vomiting
high potassium levels. This drug can cause dangerously high potassium. This can lead to arrhythmia (heart rate or rhythm problems). Your risk may be higher if you have kidney disease or diabetes, or if you’re taking other drugs that increase potassium levels.
Before taking this medicine;
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Lisinopril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril captopril, fosinopril, enalapril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril.
If you have diabetes, do not use lisinopril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo).
You may also need to avoid taking lisinopril with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
You should not use this medicine if you have hereditary angioedema.
To make sure lisinopril is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
- liver disease;
- high levels of potassium in your blood
Do not use lisinopril if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. This medicine can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking lisinopril.
It is not known whether lisinopril passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using lisinopril.