Zestril belongs to a group of angiotensin converting enzyme. The active ingredient of the drug, Lisinopril, affects the heart and circulation functions, balancing disorders associated with high blood pressure. The drug is approved for adults and children over 6 years old. Zestril also serves an effective treatment of congestive heart failure in adults and the medication to advance survival after heart attack. Additionally, Zestril can be administered in other instances, though off-label use requires thorough doctor’s supervision.
Instructions for Use and Proper Doses
Use the medication as determined by your doctor. It will help you eliminate possible risks and increase the chances of getting the desirable condition improvement. Zestril should never be used in higher or lower doses, neither for a prolonged course. It is important to drink much water during the therapy. Zestril can be used both with and without food. Check the blood pressure regularly to avoid significant differences and dangerous drops. The medication dose should be determined by a qualified healthcare provider based on the overall condition of the patient, severity of the bothersome state and other pharmaceuticals he/she is currently using. Thus, the dose may vary from 5 mg a day up to 80 mg. Start with the minimal effective dose and increase it, if necessary.
Contraindications, Warnings and Related Safety Issues
Severe health abnormalities and problems may occur in case a patient misuses the drug. That is why, you need to consult a healthcare provider before the therapy and make sure it is completely safe. Do not start the therapy once you are sensitive to Lisinopril or have other ACE inhibitor allergies. Aliskiren containing drugs should never be combined with Zestril, especially if the patient is diagnosed with severe kidney dysfunctions. People with hereditary angioedema should also avoid the treatment course.
In addition, certain medical problems may interfere with the course, including:
Increased potassium levels, etc.
Zestril Interactions with Other Treatments
Report other treatment coursers with prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal products and supplements you are using in order to minimize the risk of side effects occurrence. Zestril should not be used together with:
Oral diabetes treatments or insulin;
Lithium and others.
Misuse Reactions and Possible Consequences
Call your medical provider the moment you have noticed any side effects after Zestril use. The drug can trigger both mild and severe reactions. The most common ones include chest pain, headache, cough and dizziness. Seek emergency medical help if you get bothered by:
Symptoms of kidney dysfunctions;
Abnormal potassium levels and other complications.