Lisinopril is useful for the treatment of high blood pressure and also of heart failure.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Lisinopril with a meal or even without it.
Please drink a full glass of water with Lisinopril. Avoid taking the dosage within two hours of consumption of aspirin as it may hamper with the absorption of the dosage of Lisinopril.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Lisinopril being an angiotensin helps in the conversion of enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Angiotension seeks to narroe the blood pressure and therefore elevates it. But when this enzyme is blocked by the dosage of Lisinopril, it cannot work in its active form and thus the blood pressure falls instead of rapidly rising.
It should however be noted that Lisinopril and some of the other ACE inhibitors were first developed from the venom of a poisonous snake found in Brazil.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Lisinopril at room temperature preferably between 15 to 30 degrees C. Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Avoid the consumption of salt substitutes or even potassium supplements. In a number of effects there might be excess loss of fluid from the body. Under such circumstances a medical practitioner should be contacted immediately.
Lisinopril may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using Lisinopril. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
However, Lisinopril should not be taken by pregnant women under any circumstances.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include dizziness, a sudden drop in blood pressure, nausea, cough, headache, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, insomnia and nasal congestion with mild dizziness, unusual fatigue, muscle cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, rash or even impotence.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like an allergic reaction along with a difficulty in breathing and swelling of various parts of the body, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and severe dizziness, little or no urine and even signs of infection mainly a sore throat or even fever.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.