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What is Lisinopril?

Lisinopril falls into a category of drugs called ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors. It works to decrease specific chemicals that cause blood vessels to tighten, and helps blood flow more easily through the body.

Also known as Prinivil or Zestril, lisinsopril is available in tablet form, in varying colors depending on the dosage.

Uses for Lisinopril

Lisinopril is used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), congestive heart failure, and to help improve the survival rate of heart attack victims.

Lisinopril can be taken with or without food, and should be taken with a glass of water. Lisinopril may interact with specific medications, and those on the medication should avoid alcohol, salt substitutes and potassium supplements, unless instructed differently by a doctor. Your doctor will tell you all about lisinopril and its interactions before prescribing, and will also want to monitor your dosage and blood pressure closely.

Possible Side Effects of Lisinopril

Serious side effects of lisinopril include allergic reaction (hives, swelling of face, lips, throat and tongue, difficulty breathing, etc.), lightheadedness, fainting, fever and flu symptoms, chest pain, rapid weight gain, fatigue, muscle weakness, frequent or infrequent urination (outside the norm) and more. Seek emergency help if you experience an allergic reaction to this medication, and call your doctor immediately if you experience other serious side effects.

Less serious side effects include mild skin rash, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, depressed mood, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, cough and more. Report these side effects or any others to your doctor.

Warnings About Lisinopril

The information listed here regarding lisinopril is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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