What is lisinopril?
Lisinopril, an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, is a medication used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure in adults and children over six years old. It is also prescribed to improve survival after a heart attack.
However, it is not recommended for use by pregnant women, as it could harm the unborn baby. Additionally, individuals with a history of angioedema, or who have taken medicine containing sacubitril within the last 36 hours, or who are allergic to ACE inhibitors should not use lisinopril.
Similarly, those with diabetes should not take lisinopril with medication containing aliskiren if they have kidney disease.
To ensure that the medicine is safe for use, individuals should inform their doctor if they have kidney disease, liver disease, or high levels of potassium in their blood.
Drinking plenty of water is recommended while taking this medication, and individuals should not take more than the prescribed dose. If they experience vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, or other dehydration symptoms, they should inform their doctor immediately.
This medication should be stored at room temperature and away from moisture and heat, and the liquid should not be frozen.
Lisinopril should be taken with or without food, and the dosage should be checked often by a doctor, especially for blood pressure, kidney function, and electrolytes. If an individual has high blood pressure, they may need to take this medication for the rest of their life.
It is advised to inform the surgeon before undergoing surgery if the individual is using lisinopril.
The initial dose of lisinopril varies from 5-10mg, and the maximum dose is 80mg orally once a day, depending on the condition being treated.
It is recommended to start with a low dose and gradually increase to minimize the risk of hypotension.