What is Lisinopril?

Lisinopril is to treat hypertension or high blood pressure. It contains a mixture of lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide. Hydrochlorothiazide is a well-known thiazide diuretic (water pill) that stops human’s body from absorbing too much salt. Lisinopril comes from the family of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It lowers the blood pressure and reduces signs which caused fluid retention.You may not find complete purposes of Lisinopril in this medication guide but contains most of them which are very useful.

Important information

In case you are pregnant or planning to become one then the use of Lisinopril should only be made with the doctor’s approval.In case of symptoms like hereditary angioedema, difficulty urinating, feels allergic to sulfa drugs, or feels sensitive towards any ACE inhibitor’s reaction get in touch with the doctor while using Lisinopril. Besides, in case you are diabeticor using medications that contain aliskiren(Amturnide, Tekturna, Valturna) do not continue with use of this medicine unless your doctor approves.

Before taking this medicine

The use of Lisinopril should not be made if you feel allergic to hydrochlorothiazide or lisinopril. Besides, in case of hereditary angioedema, difficulty urinating, feeling allergic to sulfa drugs, or sensitivity towards any ACE inhibitor’s reaction get in touch with the doctor before using Lisinopril. Besides, in case you are diabetic or using medications that contain aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Valturna) do not continue with use of this medicine unless your doctor approves.To take optimum benefits of Lisinopril inform your doctor about the following conditions likeliver or kidney disease, or congestive heart failure, asthmatic allergies, diabetes, lupus, allergic to sulfa drugs, glaucoma, or gout

FDA pregnancy category D

In case of an expecting mom the use of medicine is not encouraged. It is because the combination of Hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril may prove fatal for the going-to-be-born infant and become the reason of sudden death particularly in the second or third semester. Always use effective birth control at the time of using Lisinopril. Also note that the medicine may also enter breast milk and harm the child so the intake of medicine should only be made as per doctor’s prescription.

Side effects

Even though the intake of medicine is tolerable for the patient but there are situations when an emergency medical help may be needed. These include trouble breathing, swelling of lips, face, or tongue and severe stomach pain.Avoid making the use of Lisinopril and call a doctor if you find:

  • Swelling in hands, anklets, or feet
  • A light-headed feeling
  • Fast heartbeats
  • Eye pain
  • Mild nausea
  • Increased urination
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes on skin

More side effects inlcude:

  • Slivery flaking of skin
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Jaundice
  • Dry mouth
  • Tingly feeling
  • Confusion
  • Uneven heart rate
  • Body aches
  • Flu symptoms

Common side effects of Lisinopril are:

  • Cough
  • Depressed mood
  • Increased sweating
  • Tired feeling
  • Mild skin rash

The above may not be a complete list of side effects. In case you find some unusual side effects then report about the same to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE.

What other drugs will affect Lisinopril?

There may be other drugs interact with Lisinopril and reduce its effects. In such situation you should meet a doctor and tell him about all the medicines you are already taking. This will help him to decide how to go about their use with Zestroretic, and if needed may ask you not to use them anymore.

Some of these medications include:

  • The use of gold injections to cure arthritis
  • Narcotic pain medicine
  • Oral medicine for diabetes taken by mouth
  • Barbiturates – phenobarbital and many more
  • Lithium
  • Steroids like prednisone and so on
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, indomethacin, meloxicam, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and others
  • Other medicines to control blood pressure or diuretics (water pills)

There may be other medications interact with Lisinopril, containing over-the-counter medicines, prescription, herbal products, and vitamins.

What happens if I miss a dose?

In case you miss a dose then take the skipped dose as soon as remembers. But the missed dose should only be taken if the next dose is not scheduled to avoid the side effects of overdose.

What happens if I overdose?

In case you overdose yourself with Lisinopril then call your doctor for medical assistance. Besides, you can also report about the same at the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 FREE.

What should I avoid?

During the intake of Lisinopril you should avoid the consumption of alcohol as it can increase the risk of side effects. Besides, getting up too fast from a lying or sitting position may also put your health in trouble.Make sure your diet is free of salt substitutes as well as potassium supplements till the time you are using this medication.

How should I take Lisinopril?

The intake of the medicine should be made as prescribed by the doctor. It is very important for the patient to read through all the directions carefully mentioned on the prescription label as well as the ones given by the doctor so that smaller or larger use of medicine can be avoided.Each dose of this medicinal drug needs to be taken with a glass full of water. This is to avoid dehydration.Immediately call your doctor of while taking medicine you encounter vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure.Besides, while taking Lisinopril you may be asked for frequent blood tests as well as checking of blood pressure.In case you are told about a surgery or some medical tests then do inform your doctor about the use of Lisinopril that includes hydrochlorothiazide. Your doctor may ask to stop taking the medicine for a short time.Always remember that the use of medicine should be made as prescribed by the doctor to avoid the risk of side effects. Lisinopril should be kept at room temperature away from heat and sunlight.

Reviews for Hydrochlorothiazide/lisinopril

User Rating: 8.0

For High Blood Pressure:

Since I have started taking Lisinopril my blood pressure has tremendously reduced. Moreover, I have also not encountered serious side effects.

User Rating: 10

For High Blood Pressure:

I am grateful that Lisinopril is there to reduce my high blood pressure. Since I am taking this medicine with a regular morning walk, I have managed to lose weight and feel good inside out.