How to Use Lisinopril for Treating Heart Problems

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Are you living with the “silent killer”?

That “silent killer” is known as high blood pressure or hypertension. The American Heart Association reports that 100 million Americans or more have high blood pressure and is expected to continue to rise. This is nearly half of the population!

Even more surprisingly, a study showed that 19% of young adults have shown that they’re at high risk for high blood pressure.

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The reason for the nickname, “silent killer,” is because there are typically no symptoms until the illness to your heart is significant enough to cause pain. You may have hypertension and not know it until it’s too late.

Thankfully, a common drug available to treat high blood pressure is Lisinopril.

Let’s explore some important aspects of lisinopril so you can be well informed if you encounter this ”silent killer.”

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How Does Lisinopril Work?

Lisinopril is an ACE Inhibitor. ACE is an acronym for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Although that seems like a mouthful, ACE inhibitors job is to relax your blood vessels making your blood flow smoothly.

Lisinopril is the generic term and may otherwise be recognized under the brand names Prinivil and Zestril.

It’s available in tablet form or as an oral solution.

Who Can Take Lisinopril?

Adult and children over the age of 6 that are being treated for high blood pressure can take lisinopril when a doctor deems it necessary.

In addition to treating high blood pressure, lisinopril can be used after a heart attack or to assist those recovering from congestive heart failure.

Concerns When Taking Lisinopril

Patients with kidney disease while taking other medications or dialysis, with liver problems or diabetes, will need to discuss the risks with their doctor. Lisinopril may be harmful for patients suffering from these specific ailments.

Taking lisinopril during pregnancy is not recommended, as it can harm the baby in the second and third trimesters. If you become pregnant and are taking lisinopril, stop immediately and contact your doctor.

Breastfeeding mothers should not take lisinopril, as it is unknown whether or not it can be passed through breastmilk.

Keep Your Doctor Informed

Tell your doctor if you’re allergic to lisinopril or any other ACE inhibitors, along with other allergies you experience.

Knowing your medical history is also beneficial.

Some medications also affect the use of lisinopril. Update your doctor if you use any of these medications:

  • water pill
  • potassium supplement
  • other blood pressure medications
  • insulin for other medicine for diabetes
  • aspirin or pain-reliever such as ibuprofen or others

Be sure to mention any vitamins or supplements you’re also taking. Never begin a medication regimen without first speaking with your doctor. It’s ok to give more than enough information sometimes!

Precautions While Taking Lisinopril

Here are some precautions to be aware of while taking lisinopril:

  • No salt substitutions unless given the OK from your doctor.
  • Get up slowly: Lisinopril can cause dizziness, so take it slow when rising from a sitting or sleeping position
  • Alcohol: Consuming alcohol can affect the use of lisinopril. Talk to your doctor about drinking alcohol in your situation.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially if you experience vomiting, diarrhea or sweating. Dehydration can lead to kidney problems, and even lower blood pressure while you’re on lisinopril.

How Can I Get Lisinopril?

Lisinopril is only available by a prescription from your doctor and having it filled at your local pharmacy.

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Lisinopril is the generic form of Zestril and Prinivil.

Side Effects

When beginning a new medication, it’s vital to pay attention to how your body is reacting to it. If there are discomforts, your prescription may need to be adjusted. Most people taking lisinopril do not experience extreme side effects however, they can occur.

Notify your doctor if you experience any of these severe side effects while taking lisinopril:

  • Weight gain
  • Feeling faint
  • Pain in chest
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue and feeling weak
  • Decreased urination or none at all
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever or body aches

More common side effects include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upsets

These are a handful of possible side effects, though not an exhaustive list. Always contact your doctor if you experience symptoms that concern you.

How to Take Lisinopril

Follow your doctor’s directions correctly when taking lisinopril.

Take with or without a meal and always with a full glass of water.

Your doctor may need to monitor your blood while on lisinopril, so be sure to schedule regular appointments.

Even if you begin to feel well after taking lisinopril, discuss this with your doctor. Never stop taking medications without first consulting your doctor. Doing so can lead to more serious problems, such as heart attack or stroke.

If you realize you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if your next dose is upcoming, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Double dosing is not recommended.

If you believe an overdose has occurred, contact 911 or call Poison Control. Signs of overdose include dizziness or fainting.

When you have questions about the dosage or how to administer lisinopril, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Other Important Information

Always keep all medications out of the reach of children.

Store medicine at room temperature stored away from light, moisture, and heat.

Ask your doctor about how implementing lifestyle changes – such as diet, exercise, or smoking habits – may increase the effectiveness of the medication.

Should you need to dispose of any medication, contact your pharmacy or doctor’s office for directions on how to properly do so.

What Now?

Being informed about how lisinopril works helps you make wise decisions concerning your health.

One reason many people are living with this disease could be because of the cost of prescription drugs. Most patients are sticker-shocked when it comes to purchasing their prescriptions. An editor for the Arkansas Leader found that his local pharmacy prices were astronomical.

Attack this “silent killer” without emptying your wallet.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.


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