Zestril (lisinopril) is a brand-name prescription drug. It’s FDA-approved to: Treat high blood pressure. Zestril is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and in children ages 6 years and older. For this purpose, the drug may be used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medications. Treat heart failure. Zestril is used as an adjunct treatment for heart failure in adults. As an adjunct treatment, Zestril is given as an add-on therapy with other heart failure drugs. Reduce the risk of dying after a heart attack. Zestril is used to lower the risk of death in adults who’ve had a heart attack. Zestril contains the active drug lisinopril. It belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors widen your blood vessels, increasing the amount of blood that flows to your heart. This helps to lower your blood pressure and also decreases the amount of work your heart has to do. It comes as a tablet that you swallow. It’s available in the following strengths: 2.5 milligrams (mg), 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg. You’ll likely take this drug once each day. Zestril contains the active drug lisinopril, which is available as a generic drug. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. The generic is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. Generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs. In some cases, the brand-name drug and the generic version may come in different forms and strengths. Lisinopril also comes in other brand-name medications, such as Prinivil.
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE MEDICATION
You should not use Zestril if you are allergic to lisinopril, or if you: have a history of angioedema; recently took a heart medicine called sacubitril; or are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril. Do not take Zestril within 36 hours before or after taking medicine that contains sacubitril (such as Entresto). If you have diabetes, do not use Zestril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (such as Tekturna or Tekamlo). To make sure Zestril is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); liver disease; or high levels of potassium in your blood. Do not use Zestril if you are pregnant, and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Lisinopril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. You should not breastfeed while using Zestril.
HOW TO USE
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you are using the suspension form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 2 to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication. For the treatment of heart failure, it may take weeks to months before you get the full benefit of this medication. Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse (for example, your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Zestril: hives; severe stomach pain, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction if you are African-American. Call your doctor at once if you have: a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; fever, sore throat; high potassium – nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement; kidney problems – little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). Common Zestril side effects may include: headache, dizziness; cough; or chest pain.
What drugs and food should I avoid while taking Zestril (Oral)?
Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of lisinopril. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather, or by not drinking enough fluids. Lisinopril can decrease sweating and you may be more prone to heat stroke. Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes, unless your doctor has told you to. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.
Will Zestril affect my body differently given my race?
Yes, Zestril may work differently for you depending on your race. In fact, Zestril may be less effective in lowering blood pressure in Black people versus people who aren’t Black. However, when used together with a diuretic, Zestril may be as effective in lowering blood pressure in both Black people and people who aren’t Black. Also, Black people may have a higher risk for angioedema with Zestril compared with people who aren’t Black. (With angioedema, you have rapid, severe swelling underneath your skin.)
Zestril (Lisinopril) is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure and to improve survival after a heart attack. Lisinopril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Check our website and buy online at www.honeybeepharmacy.com. Honeybee Pharmacy offers approved and affordable medications to all Americans not only for human medications but also including PetMeds. HBP carries a wide variety of medications. Feel free to speak to our licensed pharmacist for questions regarding your medications.
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