What is Lisinopril?
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that treats high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and facilitating the easy flow of blood. It helps prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems and improves survival after a heart attack.
Here is some important information you should consider before taking any blood pressure medication. Like any prescription drug, you have to consult a doctor before starting any blood pressure medication.
Do not use blood pressure medication if you have an allergy to either its active or inactive ingredients.
Inform your doctor of any pre-conditions you suffer from like kidney or liver disease, congestive heart failure, digestive problems or coronary artery disease before starting any blood pressure drug.
If you are undergoing any surgery, do inform them about the blood pressure drug you take as you may have to stop using the drug for a short time before surgery is performed.
As there are many drugs that can interact with blood pressure medication, you have to inform your doctor about all the prescription, non-prescription and over-the-counter medication you use.
Never stop taking your blood pressure medication until you first consult your doctor, even if you think you feel fine. Suddenly stopping your medication only worsens your condition.
Remember that high blood pressure has no symptoms, and that you may have to use blood pressure drugs throughout your life. This is why you have to consult with your doctor for a comprehensive management program to treat your hypertension through medicine, weight loss, dietary changes and exercise.
What should I know before taking blood pressure drugs?
Here are some guidelines to follow before taking blood pressure drugs:
Take your medication as prescribed by your doctor and don’t take it in larger or smaller doses than required, or for longer than recommended. Make sure you follow the prescription label instructions.
As hypertension and high blood pressure related diseases are not similar for everyone, you may have to occasionally change your dose and drug to ensure you get the best results and relief.
Some blood pressure may have to be taken with food, some on an empty stomach and some without food. Some have to be taken at least 4 hours before sleeping to prevent frequent urination at night. Your doctor will instruct you on how you have to take your blood pressure medication which is based on your medical condition and how your body responses to the medication.
It is better to reduce consumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks and to reduce smoking and use of illegal drugs as they can all hamper the working of the blood pressure drug.
Extended-release tablets shouldn’t be crushed, chewed or broken as it only leads to too much of the drug getting released at a time. The drug should be swallowed whole.
Inform your doctor if there is continuous diarrhea, vomiting or if there is extra sweating as it can lead to severely low blood pressure.
Visit your doctor regularly as you need to check your blood pressure regularly at their office.
Most blood pressure medication should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Some blood pressure drugs can lead to serious side effects that require immediate medical attention:
- Fast and pounding heartbeats
- Worsening angina
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Numbness or tingly feeling
- Feeling you may pass out
Chest pain or heavy feeling pain that spreads to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating and a general ill feeling.
The less serious side effects blood pressure drugs may trigger include:
- Mild rash or itching
- Drowsiness or tired feeling
- Sleep problems or insomnia
- Frequent urination
- Joint pain or leg cramps
- Nausea, constipation, diarrhea or stomach pain
- Headache or dizziness
- Warmth, redness or tingling sensation under the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Lotensin?
Lotensin is an ACE inhibitor that treats high blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and facilitating the easy flow of blood. It helps prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems and improves survival after a heart attack.
How does Lotensin work?
Lotensin is a beta blocker works by blocking beta receptors in the body. By blocking beta-1 receptors, the medication causes the reverse effect of adrenaline. It decreases heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and the workload of the heart. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
What are the allergic reactions caused by Lotensin?
Lotensin causes the following symptoms such as Fast and pounding heartbeats, Worsening angina, Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes, Numbness, nausea, sweating and a general ill feeling.
Does Lotensin Interact with other drugs?
Lotensin is found to interact with few medications that are related to treat blood pressure conditions. It’s recommended you visit your doctor before taking this drug.
What happens if I miss a dose of Lotensin?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up any missed doses.