What is Zestril (Lisinopril) used for?
Zestril (Lisinopril) can be used to treat heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetic nephropathy. This drug works by reducing the chemicals responsible for making the blood vessels tighten, which in turn helps the blood to flow smoothly and makes the heart pump blood in a more efficient manner. This medication is in a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors.
How should I use Zestril (Lisinopril)?
The dosage for Zestril (Lisinopril) depends on the condition being treated. You should listen to the advice of your physician and only take the amount prescribed. Adults using this drug to treat diabetic nephropathy are sometimes told to take 10mg to 20mg once per day, whereas patients treating hypertension may be told to take 10mg per day. However, these doses may not apply to each patient, as other factors must be taken into consideration, such as the patient's age, condition and medication being taken. Therefore, you must consult your physician in order to determine the correct dose.
What are the side effects of Zestril (Lisinopril)?
Some side effects which may occur when taking Zestril (Lisinopril) include:
This drug may cause chest pain or high potassium. If you notice chest pain or high potassium symptoms such as a weak pulse or a slow heart rate, you should consult your physician immediately.
This drug should never be taken by pregnant women, as it may cause serious harm to an unborn baby. You should also use reliable contraception to ensure that a pregnancy does not occur.
Consult your physician before you breastfeed.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zestril (Lisinopril). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.