Lisinopril, Generic for Prinivil, Qbrelis and Zestril
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that treats high blood pressure and heart failure.
Lisinopril is used for:
Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children beginning at age six. In lowering high blood pressure Lisinopril helps prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. Lisinopril is also used to treat heart failure and improve survival after a heart attack.
How to use Lisinopril:
Before using Lisinopril, be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.
Consider the following before using Lisinopril:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully. You should not take this medication is you are allergic to ACE inhibitors.
There is no evidence that lisinopril presents any pediatric-specific risks or problems that limit its usefulness among children 6 to 16. Safety and efficiency has not been proved among children 6 and younger.
There is no evidence that there are any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Lisinopril in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, which may require additional monitoring of elderly patients receiving Lisinopril.
Pregnant & Breastfeeding
Lisinopril is not recommended for use during pregnancy, it may harm an unborn baby. It’s unknown whether Lisinopril passes into breast milk and could potentially harm a nursing baby. Consult with your doctor before breast feeding on Lisinopril.
Other Medical Issues
To make sure Lisinopril is safe for you to take, tell you doctor if you have any of the following:
- Kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis
- Liver disease
- High levels of potassium in your blood
Instructions for use:
Use Lisinopril as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Lisinopril by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor.
- If you are taking Lisinopril in liquid form measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe or medicine cup.
- For the best results use Lisinopril regularly. Keep taking Lisinopril even if you feel well.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for you next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
- If you are using Lisinopril for high blood pressure it may take 2 to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of the medication. If you are taking the medication to treat heart failure, it may take weeks to months before you get the full benefit of this medication.
- Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking Lisinopril, unless your doctor has approved it.
Lisinopril Side Effects:
Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Common Lisinopril Side Effects
- Blurred vision
- Cloudy urine
- Decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
- Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Decrease in sexual ability
Major Side Effects
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Lisinopril:
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Fever, sore throat or chills
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Chest pain
Prices are for prescriptions for 30 tablets of 30 mg:
Lisinopril Drug Images:
Lisinopril 5 MG
Lisinopril 40 MG
Lisinopril 2.5 MG
Lisinopril 20 MG
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Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. The patents of the majority of brand name drugs associated with Lisinopril expired in 2002.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, or heart or blood vessel disease.
- Lisinopril may cause the following problems:
- Angioedema (severe swelling)
- Kidney problems
- Serious liver problems
- Lisinopril could lower your blood pressure too much, especially when you first use it or if you are dehydrated. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
- Lisinopril may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests, or if you have any questions, check with your doctor.
If Overdose of Lisinopril is Suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.
Proper storage of Lisinopril:
Lisinopril should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lisinopril out of the reach of children and away from pets.
The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.