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is Lisinopril considered a good blood pressure medication for most people?

By Anonymous December 10, 2012 - 7:13pm
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someone I know (person"A") with high BP says she has experienced many effects that she attributes to an allergic reaction to a recently introduced prescription of 20 mg Lisinopril - starting with a terrible cough, then cramping and overall weakness and now an itching and perhaps swelling skin irritation, especially on lower extremities, called Angioneurotic Edema. Someone else I know (person"B") has been on this medication 10 mg for over 5 years as treatment following a mild heart attack with congestive heart failure and is quite elderly, and was prescribed this medication with some others following a heart procedure with placement of stints in arteries around the heart - this person has NOT experienced any ill effects and does take other medications along with Lisinopril for BP, Cholestrol and Diabetes. How common are side effects or allergic reactions to Lisinopril?

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Dear Anon,

As with every other medication, Lisinopril has its possible side effects. These include: 

  • cough;

  • dizziness, drowsiness, headache;

  • depressed mood;

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach; or

  • mild skin itching or rash.


    However, these more serious side effects you should notify your physician if experienced: 

    • feeling like you might pass out;

    • urinating less than usual or not at all;

    • swelling, rapid weight gain;

    • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;

    • tired feeling, muscle weakness, and pounding or uneven heartbeats;

    • psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin);

    • chest pain; or

    • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling).


      If any of these are experience by either of our friends then they should no longer continue on the lisinopril and contact their doctor. 


      Best of luck!



December 11, 2012 - 9:23am
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