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Lisinopril - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Apr 21, 2011
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Information about Lisinopril

Generic Name : Lisinopril
Pronunciation : lyse in' oh pril
Latest prescription information about Lisinopril. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.4 | Therapeutic Classification : ACE Inhibitors
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Lisinopril

India : 

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International : 

Prinivil, Zestril
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Why is Lisinopril Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, prescribed for high blood pressure.  It works by decreasing certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels.

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When should Lisinopril not be taken? (Contraindications)

It should not be co-administered with aliskiren and contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Lisinopril?

Adult: PO- HTN- Initial: 5-10 mg/day at bedtime. Maintenance: 20 mg once daily, up to 80 mg/day if needed.
Heart failure as adjunct: Initial: 2.5 mg/day. Maintenance: 5-40 mg/day as a single dose.

How should Lisinopril be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lisinopril?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, kidney disease, diabetes, lupus, skin disease, severe allergic reactions with difficulty in swallowing or breathing and painful swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.

It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, do not drive or operate machinery while taking this medication.

It may cause serious side effect called angioedema, if it so consult with your doctor.

Monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, blood electrolyte levels, heart, kidney or liver function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Lisinopril?

   Body As A Whole : Fatigue, weakness and fainting.
   Heart : Low blood pressure.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and indigestion.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle cramps.
   Central Nervous System : Headache, dizziness, tingling and decreased sexual activity.
   Respiratory : Cough, cold and respiratory tract infection.
   Skin : Rash and psoriasis.
   Genitourinary : Impotence.

What are the other precautions for Lisinopril?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Lisinopril?

Store it at room temperature and protect it from moisture.

Learn more about Lisinopril's interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol



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