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Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

Lisinopril is prescription drug. It is sold from the pharmacy store only in the presence of written instructions known as prescription from a licensed healthcare provider 


Lisinopril is pronounced as lyse IN oh pril 

What is lisinopril?

Lisinopril is angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor 

Common uses of lisinopril

Lisinopril is used in the treatment of hypertension, heart failure. It is also used in the treatment of kidney problems due to diabetes (Diabetes nephropathy) 
Do not take lisinopril if you are hypersensitive to it or any other angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
Do not take lisinopril if you have history of angioedema (Difficult in breathing, swelling of face, thoat, tongue) 
Do not take lisinopril in 2nd and 3 rd semester pregnancy (Refer precautions below for more details)
Lisinopril can be used as anti hypertensive in children more than 6 years old. There is not data about its affect in children less than 6 years old
Old people: 
There is no enough data of lisinopril anti hypertensive affect on older people more than 65 years old.  As the drug is mainly excreted by kidneys, dose adjustment is required in older people with impaired renal function.
Pregnant woman:
First semester: Lisinopril belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that lisinopril may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Second and third semester: Lisinopril belongs to  FDA pregnancy category D. This means that lisinopril can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use lisinopril with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.  
Lactating women:
Lisinopril passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use lisinopril with out the consent from your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.

What are the dosage forms lisinopril is available in the market

Lisinopril is available in the form of tablets 

Doses for lisinopril

For hypertension: 5 to 10mg / day at bed time
For heart failure: 2.5mg / day at bed time
For myocardial infarction: 5mg once daily to a maximum of 10mg daily. 

What about if I missed the dose of lisinopril

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose. 

In case of overdose of lisinopril contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
Over dosage symptoms are  
  • Hypotension
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting  
Side effects for lisinopril are 
  • Dizziness, tiredness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dry cough 
If you notice any of the below side effects temporarily stop lisinopril and consult your doctor immediately
  • Fainting
  • Fever
  • Sever sore throat
  • Dark color urine
  • Stomach pain
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Difficult in breathing 
Store lisinopril at room temp (25 degrees C / 77 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely. 

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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 25, 2012