Lisinopril Uses, Side Effects & Interactions

Lisinopril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme, which helps to clean chemicals that cause tightening of the blood vessels out of your system. This will allow your blood to flow smoothly and put less pressure on the heart so that your heart can pump more efficiently. This medication is often prescribed to those with high blood pressure or recovering from heart failure and heart attack. These medications will help you manage your symptoms, but it will not cure them. You will need to talk with your doctor about what long term care will be necessary in order to manage your condition.

Indications and Usage

Lisinopril is prescribed to help treat high blood pressure. This is often prescribed along with other medication and care to help prevent heart failure. In some cases this medication will be prescribed to aid in recovery after a heart attack. This medication comes in a tablet which is to be swallowed whole.

Lisinopril Dosage

For Adults

For Children

Children ages 6 and older should be limited to 5 mg per day. Those under the age of 6 should not be given lisinopril.

Elderly Patients 

Elderly patients run an increased risk of extreme low blood pressure and renal dysfunction. Those already suffering from renal dysfunction are especially at risk. Talk with your doctor about these risks before starting your prescription. You may be required to use a lower dose to avoid this risk.

Those using peroral antidiabetic medication or insulin may be at an increased risk of developing hypoglycemia while using lisinopril.

Lisinopril Side Effects

If you begin to suffer from tightness in the chest, hives, itching, rash, swelling of the hands or face, or hoarseness that comes on suddenly, you may be having an allergic reaction to lisinopril. Contact emergency medical services immediately to determine how to proceed.


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