What is Lisinopril?
Lisinopril tablets are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). They are also prescribed for heart failure, diabetic kidney disease where the patient has high blood pressure and in the short-term for patients who have had a heart attack in the last 24 hours.
How does Lisinopril work?
Lisinopril tablets belong to a group of medicines called ACE inhibitors, which work to relax the blood vessels. Lisinopril also increases the size of your blood vessels to make it easier for the heart to pump the blood around the body and therefore lower your blood pressure.
How do you take Lisinopril?
Always take the Lisinopril dosage prescribed by your GP or pharmacist.
This medication can be taken with or without food. Adults should take one tablet each day, as prescribed by your GP, with a glass of water. Take your tablet at the same time everyday.
If you are going to have an operation, you should let your doctor or dentist know that you are taking Lisinopril. Combined with a local or general anaesthetic this medication can cause a short-term drop in blood pressure.
How effective is Lisinopril medication?
As long as it is taken as prescribed, Lisinopril is a clinically proven treatment for high blood pressure.
There are some lifestyle changes you can make to help Lisinopril work more effectively. You should try to maintain a healthy weight by exercising. Keep your diet as healthy as possible by limiting your salt intake and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. You should also avoid drinking too much caffeine and alcohol and avoid smoking.
What are the main side effects of Lisinopril?
Like all medicines, Lisinopril tablets can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Lisinopril are:
- Low blood pressure
For a full list of Lisinopril side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Lisinopril used for?
Lisinopril is a medication called an ACE inhibitor which is used to treat high blood pressure.