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Lisinopril for High Blood Pressure: What Are the Side Effects?

Monday, 31 March 2014 02:19 AM EDT

Lisinopril is a medication used to treat a number of diseases like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and kidney disease. Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that helps in preventing the body from creating a hormone called angiotensin II. It reduces blood pressure (hypertension) by going to arteries that reduces damage to kidneys caused due to high blood pressure (hypertension). Lisinopril helps in the relaxation of blood vessels, thus decreasing the blood pressure. When blood pressure is lowered, it is easier for the heart to pump blood. Lisinopril also helps in preventing kidney failure that occurs due to hypertension or diabetes.
Left untreated, the patients of high blood pressure can face severe health problems like heart attacks or strokes. High blood pressure can harm the heart and damage the blood vessels. Lisinopril can be used along with other medication to reduce blood pressure. Patients of hypertension and diabetes are often prescribed lisinopril as a medication. The recommended dose of lisinopril for treating hypertension is 10 milligrams daily.
What Are the Side Effects?
Though lisinopril is a safe drug, it may cause certain side effects. Side effects of lisinopril may be classified into minor side effects and major side effects. When patients start taking this medication for hypertension, minor side effects may occur. These minor side effects may disappear after a short while and patients need not to take any medication to counter them. However, if the minor side effects persist, they may cause serious health problems. Minor side effects of lisinopril are listed below:
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Low blood sugar
  • Light headedness
  • Dizziness
Some major side effects of lisinopril are as follows:
  • Angioedema
  • Kidney problems
  • Effect on pregnancy
  • Flu-like symptoms
Lisinopril may interfere with other medication, thus it should be consumed only after consulting with the doctor. Visit the doctor if symptoms of side effects worsen. If you experience any unusual problems while taking this medication, inform your doctor. This medication should not be consumed with potassium supplements or diuretics. Intake of ACE inhibitors has been found to cause increased lithium levels. It has also been reported that drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may reduce the effects of ACE inhibitors.

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Lisinopril is a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and other heart diseases. It can be used along with other medication. Though it is largely considered safe, it may have some minor or major side effects.
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Monday, 31 March 2014 02:19 AM
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