Some people will experience lisinopril side effects.
Lisinopril is a drug that lowers blood pressure. It belongs to a group of
medications, called ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors. ACE
inhibitors prevent blood vessels from constricting or tightening and this results
in a decrease in blood pressure. Lisinopril is prescribed for people with
hypertension (high blood pressure), for patients with heart failure, patients
with diabetes, or for patients after a heart attack when the heart is weakened
and damaged. Although lisinopril is a relatively safe drug and is widely
prescribed, it can have minor or major side effects in some patients.
Minor Lisinopril Side
Some minor lisinopril side effects may occur when patients
first start taking lisinopril, and will go away after a short period. If
symptoms disappear, patients do not need medical attention.
A cough is a common complaint with lisinopril. If it is persistent and becomes
severe, tell your doctor.
Headache is another common side effect of lisinopril. It may disappear in a few
days after starting on lisinopril.
and dizziness: Light-headedness and dizziness may be caused by low blood
pressure. If you faint, stop taking lisinopril and call your doctor.
sugar: If you have diabetes, lisinopril may decrease your blood sugar. (This
is not true. Perhaps the writer was confused with beta-blockers, which can mask
Major Lisinopril Side
Minor side effects of lisinopril, if persistent, may
indicate a serious problem. Taking lisinopril with other medications or alcohol
may also cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor about all medications and
supplements that you are taking. Your health status may also affect the
development of lisinopril side effects.
pregnancy: Lisinopril and other ACE inhibitors can cause birth defects or
death of the fetus.
In angioedema, your face, arms, legs, lips, tongue, or eyes swell. You may also
have difficulty swallowing, breathing; and you may experience severe stomach
pain. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms
after taking lisinopril. Angiodema is a rare, but serious side effect of
lisinopril. African-Americans are several times more likely to experience
angioedema than the general population.
symptoms: Call your doctor, if you have flu-like symptoms, such as chills
and fever, sore throat, and extreme tiredness, after taking lisinopril. You may
have an immune disorder such as neutropenia or leukopenia.
problems: Lisinopril may affect kidney function. Patients with kidney
disease may progress to kidney failure when taking lisinopril or other ACE