Lisinopril is prescription Angiotensin Converting Enzyme inhibitors or ACE inhibitor. Your doctor will prescribe Lisinopril for one of the following reasons:
Lisinopril belongs to the class of drugs known as an angiotensin-converting enzyme or ACE inhibitor. ACE normally produces angiotensin II, a compound responsible for the narrowing ad constricting of the blood vessels which increases the blood pressure. Lisinopril blocks the action of this compound allowing the blood vessels to relax and widens. The overall effects is reduced blood pressure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in the body. It does this by inhibiting the chemical that tightens the blood vessels so that blood can flow smoothly into the heart and the heart can pump blood more efficiently.
High blood pressure is a common condition that affects people. When left untreated, high blood pressure can cause damages to kidneys, blood vessels, heart and other parts of the body. Damages to these parts may lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, loss of vision, kidney failure and other serious and life-threatening conditions. Lisinopril is used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and the improvement of survival after a heart attack. In addition to taking Lisinopril, making a lifestyle change can help control high blood pressure. These changes include maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising at least 30 minutes a day, not drinking alcoholic beverages and not smoking. Lisinopril is also used among patients with diabetic kidney disease at it helps lower the blood pressure that damages the kidney, reduces the loss of proteins excreted by the kidney and protects the kidney and slows down the progression of the disease.
Lisinopril is a good anti-hypertensive medication that protects the kidney at the same time. It’s a first-choice blood pressure medication for many people especially for those with mild to moderate kidney disorders due to high blood pressure. It’s recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of further damages to the heart and death.
Lisinopril is FDA approved for medical in the US since 1987. It’s one of the most prescribed medications in the US in 2016 with more than 110 million prescriptions. Lisinopril is cheaper compared with other blood pressure-lowering medications and is available as generic and several brand names in the market.
Lisinopril is a prescription medication that you can get only with the approval of your physician. It comes in a tablet form to take by mouth. Your doctor may start giving you a low dose and will gradually increase your dose.
High blood pressure: The typical starting dose for an adult is 10 mg a day with a maximum dose of 80 mg a day. The dose for children 6 to 17 years of age is based on weight.
Heart failure: Patients with heart failure should take 5 mg a day as a starting dose with a maximum dose of 40 mg a day.
Heart attack: The starting dose is 5mg a day within the first 24 hours. Your doctor will give another 5 mg after 24 hours. The usual dose is 10 mg given 48 hours after a heart attack. Then you should take 10 mg a day for at least 6 weeks.
Lisinopril may cause unwanted side effects aside from its intended effects. Common side effects are:
If the following symptoms are severe and do not go away tell your doctor:
Lisinopril may cause other side effects not mentioned above. In case of serious side effects like allergic reactions, seek medical help as soon as possible.