Lisinopril is a medication used to treat a wide variety of cardiac problems such as high blood pressure, and heart attack. This medication belongs to the group of ACE-inhibitors, or angiotensin converting inhibitors.
Things To Be Considered Before Taking Lisinopril
Lisinopril is not for pregnant and nursing women, particularly those in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. This could affect the development of the unborn baby. Should the patient suspect that she is pregnant, or is currently pregnant, the use of this medication should be stopped until the child is born, and starts bottle-feeding.
Children below 6 years old are mostly not given Lisinopril, but in special cases subjected to medication under close monitoring.
Just like other medications, Lisinopril is known to interact negatively with others. Thus, tell the doctor ANY current medications or supplements before taking Lisinopril. Those who are taking diuretic medications, anti diabetes medications, drugs increasing serum potassium levels, injectable gold treatments and NSAIDS should be cautious in taking Lisinopril. Taking these medications together with Lisinopril may cause toxic reactions.
Lisinopril is generally safe to be used as a medication for a number of cardiac problems. Although there are known side effects associated with this medication, these range from mild to moderate, and known to have no serious threats on the patient’s overall well being. Most patients taking Lisinopril have not experienced any side effects which could be bothersome in a major way.
These are the common signs seen among patients who are taking Lisinopril: dizziness and headache, sluggishness and fatigue, chest pain, hypotension or low blood pressure, diarrhea and the like. Patients could have these signs reported to the doctor to be given immediate relief.
However, there are also other side effects which could be quite bothersome. If the patient experiences swelling of the facial and mouth area, as well as the airways, consult the doctor for immediate treatment. Aggravation of this condition could lead to difficulty in breathing. In rare cases, some patients may also experience kidney failure, low white blood count and the like. All these signs should be reported to the doctor.
Dosage And Administration
Lisinopril is available at these following doses: 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg tablets. Doctors assess the patient’s current condition, as well as their medical, drug and allergy history to be able to come up with the right dose, schedule and duration of treatment.
This should be strictly followed by the patient, in order to reach the medication’s optimum effects.
Lisinopril also has other brand names, namely: Zestril, Zestoretic, Sinopril, Renacor, Prinzide, Prinivil, Presiten, Noperten, Lysinopril, Lisipril, Lisihexal, Linopril, Inhibril and Acercomp.
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