Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor medication. It’s indicated to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It even improves your state after a recent heart attack. It can be also prescribed for purposes, not mentioned here.
It’s not recommended to take Lisinopril if you are pregnant, as it can harm the fetus. If you are taking the medicine and suddenly got pregnant, tell your doctor about this. It’s not clear whether Lisinopril passes into the breast milk or if it can harm a nursing baby. It’s not recommended to take the medication while breastfeeding.
If you suffer from diabetes, do not consume Lisinopril together with other drugs, which contain aliskiren. If you are allergic to the medication or any other ACE inhibitors, you should not use it.
Before you start consuming the medication, certainly tell your doctor about the following:
- Kidney problems;
- Liver problems;
- Hereditary angioedema;
Periodically check your blood pressure while being treated with the medication. You may also require testing your kidneys and liver. If you are going to have surgery, tell the medical staff about taking Lisinopril. Your doctor may tell you stop the treatment for a short period of time.
What Are Its Side Effects?
If you suddenly get hives, swollen face (lips, throat or tongue), severe stomach pain or breathing difficulties, you should call emergency at once.
Call your healthcare specialist, if you have the following:
- Little urinating;
- Swollen ankles;
- Sore throat;
- Shortness of breath;
- Nasal congestion;
- Movement loss;
- Painful urination;
- Chest pain;
Do not drink alcoholic beverages during the treatment with Lisinopril as it significantly reduces blood pressure and enhances a number of certain side effects. You should not consume salt substitutes or any potassium supplements while being treated with the medication. Vomiting and diarrhea can result in dehydration. In its turn, this leads to a very low blood pressure, electrolyte problems and even kidney failure. To avoid this, drink more water while taking Lisinopril. Try not to be overheated or too dehydrated while having exercises. The medication can reduce sweating, which may result in a sudden stroke. Do not get up abruptly from a sitting or lying position.
Tell your pharmacist about all the drugs you are taking at the current moment:
- Potassium supplements;
- Medications against organ transplant rejection;
- Gold injections.
How to Take It
Lisinopril should be taken the way your doctor has prescribed. Do not increase or reduce the amount of the indicated dose. Do not consume it longer than it was recommended. Each dose should be administered with a full glass of water with or without any meal. Use a dosing syringe or a dose-measuring spoon to measure liquid medicine.