Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Zestril 

(lisinopril)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Zestril (lisinopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

What to expect when you take Zestril (lisinopril) for High blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Zestril (lisinopril)

  • Low blood pressure

Risks and Warnings for Zestril (lisinopril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Zestril (lisinopril) can cause birth defects. If you find you're pregnant, stop taking Zestril (lisinopril) right away and talk to your doctor.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Zestril (lisinopril)

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Pregnancy
Kidneys and liver
  • You'll need to have blood tests done to check your kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Pain
  • never had chest pain was taken in for a stint then put on heart meds Tired of all the side effects and damage these drugs will cause to other body organs. I have become weak, tired, dizzy, cough, headaches. Have high blood pressure which I never had before. Drugs suck. Side effects and precautions. Night mare waiting.
Sleep
  • It will make you sleepy!I took a very low dose, 2.5 mg., to protect my kidney function from lupus. I had to get off it due to a life-threatening, but comical, allergic reaction: angio-edema causing facial swelling.