Lisinopril is a drug that is prescribed for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The drug is also prescribed for persons who have survived a heart attack.
An angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, Lisinopril acts by relaxing the blood vessels. Once the blood vessels get relaxed, it lowers the blood pressure.
Lisinopril can be taken with food or in empty stomach. The drug has to be taken with a full glass of water. Once you have been prescribed Lisinopril, you should not deviate from what your doctor has asked to do. Never take Lisinopril drug for more days and do not take larger doses of it unless your physician has recommended it.
You will get only the best results if you do not miss any Lisinopril doses. But if you have forgotten Lisinopril drug in any circumstance, take it as you remember it. Well, if it is almost time for your scheduled Lisinopril dose, skip the missed one; never compensate for the missed doses.
There are chances that you might have taken an overdose of Lisinopril. If you think of having taking more of the dose or if you have taken larger amounts of the drug, better contact the doctor immediately. Some of the overdose Lisinopril symptoms include light-headedness, dizziness and fainting.
The doctor may not prescribe Lisinopril or he may go for a dosage adjustment if you have certain health conditions like kidney disease, liver problems, heart disease, diabetes, Marfan syndrome, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also better to inform the doctor if you have any allergies to any particular medicine, food or any substance, especially to the ingredients in Lisinopril.
Lisinopril is rated FDA pregnancy category D. This means that the drug may cause harm to the unborn and the newborn babe. Pregnant women should discard Lisinopril and it is better not to become pregnant while you are on Lisinopril medication. As the drug passes into breast milk, feeding mothers should not nurse their newborn while taking the drug.
Alcohol, salt substitutes and potassium supplements should have to be discarded while taking Lisinopril medicine. When you are taking Lisinopril, you should not miss the doctor's appointments and also your lab tests. The lab tests are needed so as to check your pressure, kidney or liver functions.
Moreover, if you have to go for any surgery or any dental care, inform the doctor that you are using Lisinopril. May be the surgeon may stop Lisinopril.
The allergic reactions that a person experiences with Lisinopril include swelling, breathing problems and hives.
Fainting, light-headedness, fever, body aches, flu, chills, muscle weakness uneven heartbeats, swelling, weight gain are some of the serious side effects that come with Lisinopril. If you come across any of the serious side effects, it is better to stop the drug and to contact the doctor without any fail.
Some of the lesser-known side effects include cough, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, depression, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset and rashes.