Lisinopril belongs to ACE inhibitors and it was introduced in the 1990s. The medication has a range of advantages over other ACE inhibitors, including relative safety for the liver.
Indications and Uses
Lisinopril can be used in treating high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or for increasing the chances of survival in patients who have experienced a heart attack. It is suitable for lowering blood pressure in children who are at least six years old. The remedy is usually taken once a day, and its dosage is determined based on different factors, such as health condition, age, response to treatment, weight, etc.
You should use this medicine regularly. If you need to treat hypertension, you should take this drug for 2-4 weeks. If you use it for treatment of heart failure, the length of the treatment may last several months.
Since this medication may cause various side effects, it is recommended to start using it with a low dosage. If no severe side effects occur, the dosage can be increased gradually.
Do not take this medication if it causes allergy. Also, it is not suitable for people who are allergic to other ACE inhibitors, including the following:
People with diabetes should not use Lisinopril along with drugs that contain aliskiren, for instance, Tekturna, Amturnide and Tekamlo. You may also need to avoid taking Lisinopril if you have kidney disease. This medication is not suitable for people with hereditary angioedema. Tell your healthcare provider if you have the following health conditions:
High levels of potassium in blood;
Lisinopril is not suitable for pregnant women. Also, you should avoid taking this drug if you breastfeed.
If you use Lisinopril, you may experience side effects. The most commonly met include the following:
Stop using this medication and call your healthcare provider once you start experiencing severe side effects, including the following:
Rapid weight gain;
You should carefully use Lisinopril with other drugs. It is extremely important to avoid drug interaction which may cause dangerous side effects. There are 669 drugs that should not be combined with Lisinopril due to dangerous interactions, including the following:
Besides, it is strongly recommended to check with your healthcare provider if you can combine other medications with Lisinopril, including those sold over-the-counter.