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Lisinopril (Generic Name)Other Names: Zestril®, Prinivil®

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Dosage form

Oral tablets: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg

About this drug

Lisinopril (lye-SIN-oh-pril) is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and kidney problems in people with diabetes. It is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin (AN-jee-oh-TEN-sin) converting enzyme inhibitor.

Side effects

Common side effects are:

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart beats (palpitations)
  • Tiredness. Be careful while taking this drug. Driving and using machines can be dangerous if you are not alert.

Rare side effects include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Joint pain
  • Increased potassium level
  • Passing less urine

If any of these side effects becomes severe or bothers you, talk to your doctor. Do not take over-the-counter medicine for your symptoms.

Drug interactions

Lisinopril can increase potassium levels. Too much potassium can be dangerous. Potassium
supplements and potassium-sparing diuretics (amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene) can
increase the levels of potassium in your body. These drugs may be used with lisinopril, but only under your doctor’s supervision. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, or herbal products that you are taking. He or she will check for interactions.

If you miss a dose

If you miss a medicine dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is within 2 hours of the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at its scheduled time, and continue your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double up” on doses to catch up. 

Avoid salt and salt substitutes

While you are on this medicine, you should avoid salt substitutes, because most contain potassium. You also should avoid having too much salt (sodium) in your diet. Do not stop taking this drug unless your doctor tells you to.  

How to take this medicine

This medicine usually is taken once a day. You may take it with or without food. 

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