What is Lisinopril and why is it prescribed?
Lisinopril is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Lisinopril is effective when used alone or when combined with other high blood pressure medications. It may also be used with other medications in the treatment of heart failure, and may be given within 24 hours of a heart attack to improve chances of survival. Lisinopril is a type of drug called an ACE inhibitor. If you have high blood pressure, you must take Lisinopril regularly for it to be effective.

How should you take Lisinopril?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Lisinopril. Lisinopril can be taken with or without food. Stopping Lisinopril suddenly could cause your blood pressure to rise. If you miss a dose take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time. Store Lisinopril at room temperature, with the container sealed and dry. Avoid excessive heat or freezing cold.

Are there any Lisinopril side effects?
Lisinopril side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Lisinopril side effects may include chest pain, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, and low blood pressure. Less common or rare Lisinopril side effects may include abdominal pain, anemia, arm pain, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood clot in lungs, blurred vision, breast pain, bronchitis, changes in sense of taste, chills, common cold, confusion, constipation, coughing up blood, cramps in stomach/intestines, decreased sex drive, dehydration, diabetes, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth, fainting, fatigue, feeling of illness, fever, flu, fluid retention, flushing, gas, gout, hair loss, heart attack, heartburn, hepatitis, hip pain, hives, impotence, inability to sleep or sleeping too much, incoordination, indigestion, inflamed stomach, intolerance of light, irregular heartbeat, irritability, joint pain, kidney trouble or failure, knee pain, laryngitis, leg pain, little or no urine, lung cancer, lung inflammation, memory impairment, muscle pain or cramps, nasal congestion or inflammation, nausea, neck pain, nervousness, nosebleed, numbness or tingling, painful breathing, painful urination, pelvic pain, pneumonia, prickling or burning sensation, rapid or fluttery heartbeat, rash, reddening of skin, respiratory infection, ringing in ears, runny nose, sensitivity to light, skin infections or eruptions, shoulder pain, sinus inflammation, sleepiness, sore throat, spasm, stroke, sweating, swelling of face or arms and legs, taste disturbances, thigh pain, tremor, urinary tract infection, vertigo, virus infection, vision changes, vomiting, weakness, weight loss or gain, wheezing, and yellow eyes and skin.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Lisinopril?
If Lisinopril is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lisinopril with Indomethacin (Indocin), Lithium (Lithonate, Eskalith), Potassium preparations (such as K-Phos and Micro-K), or Water pills (such as HydroDIURIL and Lasix, and others that leave potassium in the body, such as Aldactone and Midamor).

Are there any special warnings about Lisinopril?
If you develop swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, or of your arms and legs, or have difficulty swallowing or breathing, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may need emergency treatment. If you are being given bee or wasp venom to guard against future reactions, you may have a severe reaction to Lisinopril. If you have congestive heart failure or other heart problems, a kidney disorder, or a connective tissue disease such as lupus, you should use Lisinopril with caution. Your doctor may perform periodic blood tests while you are taking Lisinopril. If you are taking Lisinopril, a complete assessment of your kidney function should be done and kidney function should continue to be monitored. Lisinopril is used with great caution after a heart attack if the patient also has kidney problems. Lisinopril should be used with caution if you are on dialysis. There have been reports of extreme allergic reactions during dialysis in people taking ACE inhibitor medications such as Lisinopril. If you are taking high doses of a diuretic and Lisinopril, you may develop excessively low blood pressure. This problem is also more likely if you are being treated for heart failure. Lisinopril may cause some people to become dizzy, light-headed, or faint, especially if they have heart failure or are taking a water pill at the same time. If you develop chest pain, sore throat, fever, and chills, contact your doctor for medical attention. It could indicate a more serious condition. If your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow, stop taking the medication and contact your doctor. Avoid salt substitutes that contain potassium. Limit your consumption of potassium-rich foods such as bananas, prunes, raisins, orange juice, and whole and skim milk. Ask your doctor for advice on how much of these foods to consume. Excessive sweating, dehydration, severe diarrhea, or vomiting could cause you to lose too much water and cause your blood pressure to drop dangerously.

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