Lisinopril is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. However, your doctor may also prescribe Lisinopril for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Lisinopril
The ideal way to use Lisinopril is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Lisinopril may be taken with or without a meal.
Do not take Lisinopril within two hours of taking any antacid.
Preferably, Lisinopril should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Lisinopril without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that helps to widen blood vessels and thereby help reduce blood pressure.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Lisinopril to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Lisinopril between 59 to 86 degrees F (15 and 30 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Lisinopril in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Lisinopril if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Lisinopril if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), if you are taking other ace inhibitors, potassium conserving drugs like dyazide.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Lisinopril as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Patients undergoing treatment for high blood pressure often report a feeling of being worn out and tired for the first few weeks of the treatment cycle. If you experience this, then do not stop taking Lisinopril suddenly without consulting your doctor.
Do not use a salt substitute or a product with potassium in it without consulting your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Lisinopril as Lisinopril may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Lisinopril is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Situations like heavy sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, or other causes of fluid loss can quickly cause your blood pressure to plummet to low levels. So please consult your doctor or maintain proper fluid intake to prevent this from happening.