Lisinopril belongs to a class of
drugs known as ACE. ACE stands for Angiotensin converting enzymes.
These medications are used for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Basically they relax the blood vessels in order for blood to pass
through them more smoothly. That is the reason why they are used for
the treatment of high blood pressure and kidney failure. In some
patients, high blood pressure leads to diabetes, and these patients
are also treated with Lisinopril. In addition, this drug is used for
the short term treatment of a heart attack.
Lisinopril is available in different
strengths which are given according to the severity of the problem,
and you can get it in the form of tablets. Lisinopril 5mg is the most
commonly used dosage, but you can find it in Lisinopril 10 mg and
Lisinopril 20 mg tablets as well. In addition to Lisinopril, each
tablet also contains mannitol, starch, and magnesium stearate.
Lisinopril 10 mg and Lisinopril 20 mg also contain iron oxide.
Lisinopril is available under different
brand names, but Prinivil is the one most commonly used. It is meant
for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure. However,
many side effects are also associated with Lisinopril 5mg. Some
patients feel signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the
face, lips, and tongue. Some more serious side effects are problems in
urination with some patients feeling the need to urinate more often
while others feel no need to urinate at all. Some patients complain
that they feel dizzy, and it feels like they are going to pass out.
Flu-like symptoms, fever, and body pain are some other side effects of
Lisinopril 5mg. Some people complain about pain in the chest while the
majority of the Lisinopril 5mg users feel tired and weak. Uneven
heartbeats are another side effect of Lisinopril 5mg. These are just
the few side effects, and some people will experience others as well.
However, it does not mean that every patient will experience these
side effects. The effects vary from patient to patient.
There are some precautions to consider
before taking Lisinopril 5mg or Prinivil. The most important thing is
to stick to the Lisinopril 5mg dosage, or any other dosage of the
medication prescribed by your doctor. Lisinopril 5mg dosage is the
norm, but your doctor can prescribe you Lisinopril 10 mg or Lisinopril
20 mg as well depending on the severity of your problem. Of course an
overdose of the medication should be avoided to avoid serious adverse
Diabetic patients should not use it
with other medications which are commonly used to control diabetes.
Similarly, kidney patients should avoid the use of Lisinopril 5mg as
well because it can interact with those medications. Consult your
doctor if you have a liver problem or if you are on dialysis well
before taking Lisinopril. Patients with arthritis and other connective
tissue diseases should also avoid the use of Lisinopril.
Pregnant women should avoid Lisinopril
or stop using it immediately once they get pregnant. It can cause harm
to an unborn baby if you will take it in second or third trimester.
The use of contraceptives is recommended while you are getting
treatment with Lisinopril 5mg.
Lisinopril 5mg should be taken with
full glass of water, and you can take it with or without food. After
taking the drug, some patients experience low blood pressure which can
lead to sweating and vomiting. If these symptoms persist for long,
seek medical help. Check your blood pressure frequently and talk to
your doctor in the case of low blood pressure. If you have to go
through surgery, tell your doctor or surgeon that you are taking
Lisinopril as he or she might ask you to stop the use of this medicine
for some time both before and after your surgery.