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Lisinopril

Lisinopril

Information

Lisinopril is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Lisinopril works by blocking a substance in the body that causes the blood vessels to tighten. As a result, lisinopril relaxes the blood vessels. This lowers blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Lisinopril is also used to help treat heart failure. It is also used in some patients after a heart attack. After a heart attack, some of the heart muscle is damaged and weakened. The heart muscle may continue to weaken as time goes by. This makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Lisinopril may be started within 24 hours after a heart attack to increase survival rate.

What Is Lisinopril And How Does It Work?

Lisinopril Is A Prescription Medication Used To Treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) In Both Adults And Children 6 Years Of Age And Older.

By Medical Definition, High Blood Pressure Is A Condition That Is Defined As A Repeatedly Elevated Blood Pressure.

Lisinopril Belongs To A Class Of Medications Called Ace Inhibitors. Ace Is Short For Angiotensin Converting Enzyme. Lisinopril Is Considered And Antihypertensive Drug. In General, Antihypertensive Drugs Are Used As A Treatment For High Blood Pressure.

Uses

Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure and to improve survival after a heart attack.

Lisinopril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.

How it works

Lisinopril belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a class of drugs called diuretics (water pills). A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

It’s thought that hydrochlorothiazide works to remove excess salt and water from your body. This keeps your heart from working as hard to pump blood. This lowers your blood pressure.

Lisinopril and Alcohol

People taking lisinopril are advised to avoid drinking alcohol.

Alcohol can also lower your blood pressure, and may increase your risk of certain side effects of lisinopril.

Other Lisinopril Interactions

It's important to talk to your doctor before using any salt substitutes that contain potassium when you're taking lisinopril.

Your doctor may also tell you to follow a low-salt or low-sodium diet.

It's important to follow these directions carefully.

How to use Lisinopril

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.

If you are using the suspension form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.

Side Effects Associated With Using Lisinopril

  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • High Potassium Levels
  • Diarrhea
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Chest Pain
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