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Lisinopril is a blood pressure medication. It causes side effects in some patients. The most common side effect is a persistent cough. While most Lisinopril side effects are harmless, you should be aware of serious side effects, which can indicate an allergic reaction. If you experience any side effects, you should speak to your doctor.

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What is Lisinopril ?

Lisinopril belongs to a group of medicines called ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme). It works by inhibiting a chemical process in your body that increases the amount of salt and water in your body. Having less salt and water in your body decreases your blood volume, which reduces your blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors (Lisinopril in this case) also act on the mechanism that narrows blood vessels. Lisinopril causes your blood vessels to relax, which lowers your blood pressure. This is important because excessive pressure will damage your blood vessels over time and lead to cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attack, kidney failure).

Lisinopril Side Effects

One of the most common side effects of Lisinopril is a dry cough (this affects one in ten patients).

Other side effects of ACE inhibitors like Lisinopril are rather uncommon and are sometimes related to low blood pressure (hypotension), especially at the beginning of the treatment.

Here’s a list of side effects which patients commonly encounter with Lisinopril (about 1-10% of patients):

  • Dizziness when standing or sitting up (try sitting back down, wait a few moments and get up slowly)
  • Diarrhoea and possible stomach ache (usually improves after the first few days of treatment)
  • Headache (some painkillers don’t interact with Lisinopril – ask your doctor or pharmacist)
  • Drowsiness

If your dry cough due to Lisinopril gets severe, you can contact your doctor to ask whether there is an alternative treatment you can take. Often, the cough stops after a while. There are several other medications your doctor can prescribe to treat high blood pressure if Lisinopril is not suitable for you.

Less Common Side Effects of Lisinopril

These side effects occur in about over 1 in 1000 patients (between 0.1% and 1%):

  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Muscle  and joint pain
  • Palpitations (faster or irregular heartbeat) & difficulty breathing
  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Taste changes
  • Blocked or runny nose

If these symptoms prove too painful or annoying, you should consult your doctor to discuss them.

If you suffer from these side effects, you must stop taking your treatment and seek medical care:

  • Swelling of the tongue, throat or face causing breathing difficulties
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Severe sore throat
  • Severe stomach ache & nausea
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarse voice
  • Fever
  • Jaundice (yellow skin or eyes)

It is not entirely clear whether Lisinopril can cause weight gain. Research remains inconclusive, possibly because this side effect only affects a very small number of patients (less than 1 in 10,000 patients).

How to Take Lisinopril?

Always follow your doctor’s prescription as well as the instructions on the leaflet. Never take more than the prescribed dose of Lisinopril and in the event of an overdose, go to the closest A&E department immediately. Bring your pack of Lisinopril with you.

Never share Lisinopril with anyone, even if they suffer from the same condition. Different people suffer from different side effects of Lisinopril depending on the dosage and other factors (e.g. other ongoing treatments or health problems).

Do not forget to tell your doctor about any allergies you suffer from before taking Lisinopril.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption while taking Lisinopril, as it can increase the risk of low blood pressure (which causes symptoms such as light-headedness).

If you suffer from diarrhoea or vomiting, make sure you drink enough fluids. If these symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

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