Lisinopril - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Lisinopril: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Lisinopril?

Lisinopril is the generic name of a medicine, which belongs to the group known as ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors. Angiotensin is a chemical that contracts the arteries of the heart and causes a rise in blood pressure. Lisinopril inhibits the effect of ACE to facilitate a smooth blood flow. It helps in the treatment of high blood pressure. Lisinopril reduces the risk of complications because of high blood pressure or hypertension.

What are the Uses of Lisinopril?

Lisinopril is available in various dosage forms with different strengths. Lisinopril uses include treatment of hypertension and heart failure to improve the functioning of the heart. A regular dosage of Lisinopril prevents the risks of hypertension, such as heart attacks and strokes. Physicians may recommend the use of Lisinopril following a heart attack to enhance the survival of the patient. The medication is also helpful in slowing down the progress of diabetic kidney disorder.

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What are the Side Effects of Lisinopril?

Dry cough, light-headedness, skin rashes, diarrhoea, itching, blurry vision are a few side effects of Lisinopril. The medication may cause dizziness after the initial dosage. Your physician will ask you to take the first dose of Lisinopril during bedtime. Contact your physician if there is a yellow tinge in the whites of your eyes or severe stomach pain. These may indicate liver problems. Other serious side effects may include chest pain, bleeding, or breathing difficulty.

Consult your physician to know more about side effects and precautions while taking Lisinopril. Get a medical opinion from our experts at Yashoda Hospitals today.

S.no Product Name Dosage Form
1. Listril Lisinopril 2.5mg/5mg/10mg Tablet
2. Lipril Lisinopril 2.5mg/5mg/10mg Tablet
3. Amlopres L Amlodipine besylate 5mg+lisinopril 5mg Tablet
4. Amlace Amlodipine besylate 5mg+lisinopril 5mg Tablet
5. Biolis Lisinopril 5mg Tablet


Frequently Asked Questions about Lisinopril

1. Does Lisinopril cause insomnia?

All ACE inhibitors may cause insomnia, including Lisinopril. The reason for this side effect is the hacking cough that may disturb your sleep if you are on Lisinopril. Other side effects like leg cramps and joint pain also contribute to the loss of sleep.

2. Is Lisinopril a nitrate?

No, Lisinopril is not a nitrate. It belongs to a group of medicines we know as ACE inhibitors. It has the action of widening the blood vessels to enable a smooth flow of blood. Lisinopril can have some drug interactions with nitrates. Consult your physician to know more.

3. Can Lisinopril and Amlodipine be taken together?

The combination of Lisinopril and amlodipine has a beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure. The blood-pressure-lowering effect of this combination is much better than any of these drugs used alone as single-drug therapy. Discuss with your physician about your options.

4. Does Lisinopril lower heart rate?

Lisinopril may affect heart rate because it can cause a rise in the levels of potassium. Patients with diabetes or kidney disorders are more likely to suffer from arrhythmia or change in heart rate because of Lisinopril. Besides, patients who are on other medication that raises potassium levels may experience disturbance in the heart rate.

5. How long does Lisinopril cough last?

Most ACE inhibitor drugs, including Lisinopril, cause the side effect of cough. The duration of this dry and hacking cough may range between a few hours up to three months. The cough may subside within four weeks in most individuals. Discuss with your physician about using cough relieving medicines for relief. Discuss Lisinopril side effects and precautions with your physician.

6. Is Lisinopril diuretic?

Lisinopril is not a diuretic. It has the action of lowering your blood pressure as it relaxes the blood vessels to ensure a smooth blood flow. You need to use a specific diuretic like hydrochlorothiazide to relieve the problem of water retention. Consult your physician to find out more.

7. Can Lisinopril cause cancer?

According to a report, patients who use Lisinopril for over five years may be at moderate risk of lung cancer. The incidence of lung cancer in patients using Lisinopril for a long duration was slightly higher than those not using the medication.

8. Is Lisinopril a blood thinner?

Lisinopril is not a blood thinner. It relaxes the blood vessels to help the heart pump blood more efficiently. Lisinopril has the action of inhibiting Angiotensin-Converting Enzymes to lower the blood pressure. It is therefore helpful in patients with high blood pressure. Heparin or dalteparin are some common blood-thinning medicines.

9. Why is Lisinopril bad for you?

Lisinopril is a safe drug to treat hypertension with a few side effects. However, it may affect the functions of kidneys in the longer run. Routine kidney examination may be necessary for patients who are on Lisinopril for a longer duration.

10. Can you eat bananas when taking Lisinopril?

Some food items like bananas or grapes contain higher amounts of potassium. Patients who are taking Lisinopril should avoid these. High potassium in the blood can disturb the heart rate. Lisinopril may result in high levels of potassium in the blood. It will prevent excess potassium intake.

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