Lisinopril, an ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitor, falls under the class of blood pressure-lowering drugs that help to widen the arteries through the prevention of the synthesis on Angiotensin. Lisinopril works effectively for the therapy of hypertension, heart failure or to increase the survival level after a heart attack in adults. Lisinopril is also consumed to cure high blood pressure in children from 6 years old above.
Lisinopril an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor comes in two different tablets forms of strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg for oral administration. Lisinopril embodies the following inactive ingredients:
- Magnesium stearate;
- Calcium phosphate;
- Iron oxide (only present in the 10 mg and 20 mg tablets).
Lisinopril as a potent ACE inhibitor works effectively for the therapy of high blood pressure in adults and children not less than 6 years old. Lisinopril effectiveness helps with the prevention of kidney problems, strokes and heart attacks. It also works for the improvement of the level of surviving after a heart attack and for the cure of heart failure. Lisinopril helps in widening the arteries which assist the free flow of blood.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
You are advised to strictly adhere to all given instructions by your doctor or those found on the prescription label. Your drug administration may be changed at times by your doctor for a better medical condition. You are expected not to take this medication more, less or longer than it is required. You are expected to take daily a lot of water during that drug intake. You may take Lisinopril with or without a meal. Follow the measuring order given. You may use the dose-measuring objects such as a syringe, a spoon or medical cup for the appropriate measurement of medicine. There should be a frequent check up on your blood pressure, kidney function, and electrolytes. Seek urgent medical attention if you experience unusual excessive perspiration, vomiting or diarrhea. Ensure you notify your surgeon on the use of Lisinopril before going for surgery. Lisinopril may be a lifelong medicine for high blood pressure patients. You should not discontinue the use of this drug even after recovery.
Ensure you adhere to the following precautionary measures before using Lisinopril:
- Patients who are allergic to Lisinopril or to other ACE inhibitors such as moexipril, benazepril, enalapril, captopril, perindopril, fosinopril, trandolapril or ramipril should desist from its use.
- Avoid the use of Lisinopril if you have had angioedema or had taken medicines containing sacubitril recently(within 36 hours before or after consuming this medicine).
- Notify the doctor if you experience any of the following illnesses:
- Kidney disease;
- Hereditary angioedema;
- Liver disease;
- High levels of potassium in your blood.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers should keep away from the use of Lisinopril.
Ensure you seek immediate medical help if you begin to experience any symptoms of allergic reactions to Lisinopril. These signs may be a severe abdominal pain; inflammation of your face or throat; hives; or difficulty in breathing. African-Americans have a higher propensity to have allergic reactions to Lisinopril. The following are some of the side effects of Lisinopril:
- Chest pain.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.
Interaction with other drugs
Ensure you notify your doctor on every use and used drugs when on medication. The following medicines may lead to dangerous effects if used with Lisinopril:
- Oral diabetes medicine;
- Gold injections for arthritis treatment;
- A diuretic;
- A potassium supplement;
- Organ transplant rejection preventive drugs such as everolimus, sirolimus, tacrolimus, and temsirolimus;
- NSAIDs such as aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, meloxicam, celecoxib, indomethacin, etc.