Compare Calan vs. Lisinopril

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Calan (Verapamil)

Prescription only

Zestril (lisinopril)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

3.8/ 7 average rating with 43 reviewsforCalan
Lowers blood pressure.

Zestril (lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 687 reviewsforLisinopril
Upsides
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
  • You can take it alone or with other medicines to help lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Treats certain abnormal heart rhythms.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Very cheap drug, and comes available as a liquid for children over 6 years of age.
Downsides
  • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
  • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Verapamil than men.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Verapamil suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Not a good medication for you if you drink alcohol.
  • Up to 10% of people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Zestril (lisinopril) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Doesn't work as well in people of African descent, and can cause a greater chance of face, tongue, or lip swelling.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
43 
35%
think this treatment is worth it
33%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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687 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Constipation
    7%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Lethargy
    3%
  • Dyspepsia
    3%
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1possible side effects
  • Low blood pressure
    5%
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart failure

    Severe left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <30%)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Elevated liver enzymes

    History of liver disease

  • Heart rhythm problems

    History of kidney disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Swelling of face and head

    African descent

  • High potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening kidney problems

    History of kidney problems

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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