What is Lisinopril?
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor, which means that it combats high blood pressure, but can also be used to control symptoms after heart failure. It is often prescribed after one has suffered a heart attack, and has been shown to increase survival rates.
Is Lisinopril a beta blocker?
No, Lisinopril being an ACE inhibitor is best used for people with diabetes, kidney problems or heart issues. Beta blocker medication such as propranolol, are often used for patients with high blood pressure that is associated with coronary artery disease or heart issues such as tachycardia. Ensure you talk to your doctor if you're unsure which one is right for you.
How does Lisinopril work?
Lisinopril tablets work by blocking the action of ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme). Usually ACE would produce a compound called angiotensin II as it tries to control the body's blood pressure. This compound causes blood vessels to tighten, which increases blood pressure. By stopping angiotensin II from being produced, it allows the blood vessels to relax and widen which in turn results in a drop in blood pressure.
This lower blood pressure means that the heart doesn't have to work as hard to force blood through the arteries, which is why this medication is used to improve the symptoms of heart failure and boost survival after a heart attack.
What are the benefits of Lisinopril?
Lisinopril is proven to lower blood pressure and is approved for the treatment of hypertension.
It's a convenient tablet to take to lower blood pressure, because you only need to take one each day. That means there's no complicated dosage schedules you need to stick to.
Treating blood pressure via medication always works best when combined with simple changes to your current lifestyle. This includes undertaking a moderate amount of physical activity as well as eating a healthy, balanced diet. Always consult your GP before beginning an exercise program.
How do I take Lisinopril tablets?
You should take one Lisinopril tablet each day with a full glass of water, the tablets can also be taken with or without food.
What if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advised that you skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What dosages are available for Lisinopril?
Your doctor will prescribe you a 5mg, 10mg, 20mg or 40mg dose of Lisinopril if it's safe for you to take. You may be started on a lower dosage to see how you react, which will be gradually increased depending on how tolerant you are to any possible side effects.
Please refer to the precautions section lower down the page for further information about the interactions of this drug.
Are there any side effects when you take Lisinopril?
As with any kind of medication, there is a small chance that you could develop negative side effects. The majority of people who take Lisinopril tablets don't experience any bad responses, however the most commonly reported side effects include:
- Fainting or tiredness
- Rapid weight gain
More rare side effects include:
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Mild skin itching
Some people also reported developing a cough when taking Lisinopril.
If you develop any signs of an allergic reaction you should call your doctor immediately. These symptoms include hives, severe stomach pain, and difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
What are the precautions/interactions with Lisinopril?
If you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease or congestive heart failure, diabetes or a connective tissue disease, you might not be able to take Lisinopril. Those who are pregnant will not be prescribed the tablets, as they have been found to cause birth defects.
Also, talk to your doctor if you're taking any of the following:
- A diuretic ('water pill')
- Injections to treat arthritis
- Potassium supplements
If you're nursing a baby, you will not be able to take Lisinopril either. That's because it is not yet known whether Lisinopril passes into breast milk and whether it could affect the baby
Lisinopril and alcohol
Lisinopril is not considered to be harmful when combined with the consumption of alcohol, however, it is advised that you avoid significant alcohol consumption, as it can increase the risk of low blood pressure, which can lead to lightheadedness.
For more information about side effects, precautions and interactions associated with Lisinopril
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