Lisinopril is a drug that treats hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. It is also used to treat congestive heart failure, heart attacks, renal complications, acute myocardial infarction and diabetes.
It comes from a family of drugs called ACE inhibitors. Lisinopril has a long half-life and is not metabolized by the liver. Unlike other ace inhibitors, it is excreted through the urine, unchanged.
Lisinopril can cause the kidneys to retain potassium; this condition seems to be more prevalent in older males using the medication.
Symptoms could include a general discomfort or uneasiness (Malaise), palpitations, muscle weakness, mild hyperventilation and metabolic acidosis. These symptoms are serious, if you suffer from any of these symptoms see her doctor immediately.
Another symptom to watch out for is abdominal pain, if this occurs while using this medication, see your doctor immediately. This is an anaphylactic reaction and must be given immediate attention. The side effect is very rare but you need to be aware of it.
General Side effects
Below is a list of common side effects that are associated Lisinopril. They are considered serious and should you suffer from any of these you should immediately contact your doctor.
Dark or Decreased Urination
Yellowing Eyes or Skin
Tightness in the Chest
Lisinopril should be discontinued if the user becomes pregnant. In animal tests Lisinopril has shown to cause fetal death and malformations. Don’t use this medication during your entire pregnancy.
The manufacturer of this drug recommends that the drug not be used by mothers who are nursing. If a safe alternate medication cannot be found for controlling the mothers’ hypertension, nursing should be discontinued and a formula should be used for feeding the baby.
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