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Blood Pressure Meds Lead To All-Night Coughing

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Q. I was interested in a column about a person who developed cough while taking lisinopril. I myself was put on this medicine for high blood pressure and immediately began having violent coughing spells. If they started in a meeting, I’d have to excuse myself. It became extremely embarrassing. Nothing worked, no cough syrup or cough drops.

I never got more than 30 minutes of uninterrupted sleep at a time. Sometimes the coughing was so severe it caused vomiting. My doctor put me on different medicines but never took me off lisinopril.

Then I went to a new doctor who immediately switched me from lisinopril to Benicar. The coughing stopped immediately.

A. Not everyone develops a bad cough while on an ACE inhibitor like lisinopril for high blood pressure. But you are certainly not alone.

Another reader wrote: “My doctor was pleased with the results of the ACE inhibitor, but my cough became so frequent and violent that I could not sleep for weeks. I couldn’t even lie in bed. When coughing, I would involuntarily empty my bladder, so I could barely leave the house. We eventually found another medication (Benicar) that I do not react to, and my blood pressure is even lower than when I was on the ACE inhibitor.”

We discuss the pros and cons of common blood pressure medicines in our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment.

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Thanks for sharing. Not all ACE inhibitor coughs are bad, though. Some--like my mom's--are chronic but mild (and irritating nonetheless).

My wife's grandmother also developed asthma/allergy-like symptoms from lisinopril.

Here's why it happens according to UCLA:

"...angiotensin-converting enzyme degrades bradykinin, the use of ACE inhibitors may result in an increased level of bradykinin. The increased level of bradykinin is proposed to cause an accumulation of prostaglandin E2 which leads to coughing."

See http://www.med.ucla.edu/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=135

Re: coughing while on ACE inhibitors. My husband and I were on ALTACE; the coughing was unbearable. My sister-in-law told us that she, also, coughed while on ALTACE. Our family doctor put us both on DIOVAN and the coughing stopped; but NOT right away. It diminished gradually and all too slowly for us!
Sheila

I have had a constant, dry cough and have been on
Lisinopril for blood pressure problems for several years.
The cough does not let up. Should I request a change to
Benicar?

I was on metoprolol for several years and switched to lisinopril. I made the switch because the beta blockers reduced my ability to raise my heart rate in workouts and I read that it does have adverse impact on cholesterol.

After several days on lisinopril I developed a cough. My next step was to get off all bp meds. Started consuming extra virgin olive oil daily, Res Q1250 for 8 months now, apples, more veggies, virtually eliminated sugar, significantly reduced caffeine and increased water intake daily. I cut my bp med dose in half and anticipate completely eliminating it. Bp is now running a consistent 118/72. I have also been taking CoQ10 for two years now. Was on Lipitor for 3 years and dumped that 2 years ago.

Make lifestyle changes and you may not only feel better but may be able to cut down on or eliminate bp meds.

I also experienced the Lisinopril problem. After I told my doctor about it, he changed my medication. It took
five weeks for the cough to stop after stopping the Lisinopril.

Diovan gave me the cough after 3 weeks and sleep became impossible, Dr. gave me anti-cough pills that helped but never did pick up on the connection until he switched me off Diovan due to long-term continued dropping of blood pressure (too low).

I took lisinopril also, and developed a cough that would start with a terrible tickle in my throat. As someone else mentioned, neither cough drops or syrup had any effect on the problem. I had been taking a generic form of the drug for about the same interval I'd been coughing and the Dr. suggested I go back to the original. The pharmacist cautioned that both versions contained the same ingredients so I might not notice any difference. Since I am a singer, I could not take a chance and stopped taking the drug altogether. I will let my Dr. know, but in the meantime I continue to exercise, watch my diet and take my BP regularly. So far no problems.

I am on both Atenolol and Diovan for high bp plus Plavix and Lipitor. I take them all together (plus an 81 mg coated aspirin) between 6:30PM and 9PM each night. I retire between 11PM and midnight. I cough violently and rapid-fire when I first lie down to sleep each night and these coughing fits last for 10-15 minutes, then I easily drift off to sleep. Very rarely do I wake up during the night coughing, but when I wake up each morning I also cough violently for a few minutes. I rarely cough again until I retire the next night. What in the world?

I too developed a cough and was switched to Benicar. BP is down and cough is gone.

Capoten, an ACE-inhibitor, is well known for it's "Capoten Cough." After I was on it and coughing during the day, a nurse friend of mine told me it sounded like a "Capoten Cough." I switched to Diovan and have been cough-free since. There are many other ACE or ARB drugs out there that can be tried, so don't give up on them. Us diabetics need them to protect our kidneys.

This is happening to me now, as we speak. I just started lisinopril,on sept 11, 2007, and started coughing a bad cough. We're into Jan 'o8 now. I thought I had bronchitis or flu; I knew something wasn't right; I'm calling my doctor right now for a change in meds.

I found that splitting the lisinopril dose into twice a day lessens the cough. Just split the tablets into two and take them at least two hours apart.

HELP! Only on lisinopril for a few months, and the cough, which I thought was an allergic reaction to mold, mildew, has gotten worse. I went off of it last week. Frequency of cough is less but not intensity of each bout!

How long does it take for the cough to go away? Can it be permanent?

I have had a"rapidfire" cough that seems to start with a tickle in the throat. If I fail to get water down within 5 seconds, my cough is so hard and fast that I can't breathe and pass out. For some reason, all the doctors ignore me when I bring it up. I am taking Metoprolol. I just left a VA Hospital, where they sent me home, with pnuemonia, but I passed out 4 times. Suggestions?

I started a terrible cough after taking lisinopril. Dr. changed me to Micardis. It is giving me really bad sinus problems and dry facial skin.

Like BA, I am a singer. Just before Easter, when I had a big program to sing, I developed a terrible tickle in my throat, and began having coughing fits so bad I would gag and almost faint.

I had recently began taking Lisnopril!!!! This cough went on for weeks, and I was constantly at the doctor and taking everything under the sun for coughing and allergies. FINALLY a nurse practitioner put 2 and 2 together and switched me to Benicar. However, I am still coughing!!! It has been 2 weeks... when does this cough go away???!!! Before I sing I have to take a double dose of narcotic cough medicine!! Can anyone tell me? I told my doctor I want to have a chest x-ray... my Mom had emphesyma and she did not cough like this!!! Also, does this cause any permanent damage???!!!

I took Altace a couple of years ago. Was on it for about 3 months and developed the cough. I coughed all the time, people kept looking at me and I started thinking I had TB. Then I started getting coughing spells when I was sleeping. I made an appt. to see my doctor. I told my doctor "I think I got TB" because I keep coughing and she said "Oh, no that's a side-effect of the blood pressure medicine." She wanted me to try and stay on the medicine. The next week I started getting up twice a night coughing, I called her and said "I'm getting off the medicine, find something else." It took almost 5 weeks before I stopped coughing. This experience taught me ONE MAIN THING. The first thing I do when I'm prescribed a new medicine... I READ THE INFORMATION SHEET THAT THEY GIVE YOU WITH THE MEDICINE AND I LOOK FOR THE SIDE-EFFECTS.

I am on lisinopril, and my cough is terrible. I cant sleep, it's horrible!!! And my body hurts from coughing all day... I thought it was just me... I need to get off of this pill...Thxs Lisa

Wow...I was just checking the web to find side effects for Benicar. Amazing there are so many similar stories...I was on Lisinopril for about 3 months and developed the same cough everyone describes. When I went to my dr he was not surprised and changed the meds to Benicar. Guess what? One week later and still coughing ... maybe even worse than before. Too bad, no other side effects and it has lowered my bp!

I have been on Lisinopril for years and always thought I just had sinuses that drained all day and night. For the first 15 minutes after laying down I would cough and choke and it would happen all during the night. My children complained that they could hear me. I developed a hernia after Gall bladder surgery because of the cough.

Recently I've seen a doctor about another surgery I need to have but she told me that I have to get rid of the cough first and sent me to an internist. He told me that the cough was most likely from lisinopril and promptly switched me to Benicar. He gave me several samples to start.

It's been heaven because the cough stopped after about a week. Well he finally gave me a rx for the Benicar and when I went to get it filled I found that it would be $70.00 just for a 30 day supply. I cannot afford that every month and when I messaged his office to see if there was a generic or something else I could take his nurse informed me that they had called in Lisinopril again and she informed me that the doctor said my cough may start up again.

I know there has to be something else I can take. I'm very afraid to start the medication again and resume the coughing that keeps me from sleeping. Very frustrated.

I am a young adult that is taking lisinopril. I am coughing at night and I have a low gag threshold so I throw up. My mother has high blood pressure, so my doctor put me on the pill because mine was 120/86. She said I need to take it to prevent high blood pressure. I am taking it now for a year and I keep wondering why I throw up when I am asleep, now I know.

I also have hypertension. I was taking 5mg of Lisinopril a day and changed physicians and went to meet the new doctor and my blood pressure was 152/82. So she doubled my dose of Lisinopril and asked me if I cough from this medicine and I said no. Well right after I took the first "new dose" 10mg. I have been coughing like crazy. Sleep? whats sleep! My body aches from coughing. I can't sleep I cough all night long.
So I have a appt. next week to get this medicine changed.

My mother age is 66 years and she is prescribed the following medicines
for Blood pressure and Diabites.
1.Minipres XL - 5mg. Evening
2.Zilos AM (Losartan Potassium -50mg + Amlodipine Beslate - 5mg)
Morning & Evening
3.Natrilix SR (Indipamid sustained relief) - Morning
We observed that my mother is having cough, swelling, I would like to know
whether due to above medicines my mother is having cough.
What are the ways to get rid of cough.
Kindly let me know.
Rgds,

Anurag
India

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: LOSARTAN CAN SOMETIMES CAUSE A CHRONIC COUGH. PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR MOTHER'S DOCTOR SO AN ALTERNATE TREATMENT CAN BE ARRANGED.

I have been coughing really bad lately especially at bedtime. I've had an sinus/chest infection and was given antibiotics and my allergies have been horrible for 6 months or more. This whole time I have been on Lisinopril and just today figured out that causes extremely bad coughs. Duh, couldn't the doctor have told me that? I read all these experiences from others and said ah ha finally that's what's wrong with me. Dr called in Benicar for me today and said not to take the Lisinpril anymore. Hope the Benicar works!

I started coughing as soon as I started lisinopril in August. Switched to Benicar and awaited for the cough to go away. I coughed until November, stopped briefly and started again to the point where it causes bladder leakage. Benicar alone didn't work so am now on Benicar HCT but cannot handle the cough. I am headed back to the DR in hopes that he will get to the bottom of this problem. The cough starts with a tickle in the throat and I have not found anything that has any affect on the cough. The medicine has to be the cause as I NEVER coughed prior to this experience.

Well, I was put on Lisinapril and within a matter of days I was coughing and throwing up. It was winter so I thought I had the flu. The doctor treated me for the flu with antibiotics and cough medicine. Nothing worked I was still coughing and throwing up. I was and still am sleeping in the big chair. My wife found these items on the net and I went back to the doctor to get this B/P medicine changed. I am slowly recovering after a week. Not a lot but a bit better. I still have to sleep in a chair. I hope it does not take 4 or 5 weeks. My ribs hurt from coughing. I have not thrown up for three days now. Hopefully this will help someone too.

I am supposed to start taking Lisinopril for my BP but after reading these experiences, I am afraid to! Has anyone tried a completely "drug free" cure for high BP? Mine was 170/82 but that is only in the dr's office-it is always lower when taken elsewhere. Am I just in denial?? I am female, 58 yrs. old.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:

First, do not anticipate problems because of what you have read here. Millions of people have taken lisinopril with no complications. The point is to be vigilant. If you develop an uncontrollable cough, contact your physician. Many people can take this blood pressure drug with no obvious negative consequences. It is hard to know in advance, however, who will do well and who will have side effects.

For more information about white coat hypertension (blood pressure that is only up in a doctor's office) or some natural approaches to hypertension, you may wish to review ouf Guide to High Blood Pressure [see "Buy Guides" on left hand ribbon].

I am a 45yr old female, who has recently been diagnosed with HBP. My pressure is between 151/88-166/101. I was taking lisonipril for about a week when I developed this horrible, wicked cough. I have been coughing for 2 weeks straight, no sleep, my throat begins to itch & tickle before the violent cough attacks begin.

They don't have any rhyme or reason, they hit you any time, anywhere, anyhow. Eating is a real chore because I cough then too. My appetite has decreased tremendously because I am afraid that I am going to have a cough attack. I have coughed so hard that I too have vomited in my car, at my job, and at home. I stopped taking lisonipril about a week ago and I had to go to the emergency room yesterday because the cough became too unbearable.

They say that I have acute an acute upper respiratory infection and sinusitus. I have always had sinusitus, and allergies, and also asthma as a small child, but I didn't have any more problems with asthma or persistent cough until now. My doctor switched me to another HBP medicine called Verapamil, which is not an ACE-inhibitor drug, it is a beta channel blocker which is also used to treat migraine headaches.

They say that it is supposed to help control the speed that the blood pumped into your heart, so that your pressure can go down. They say there are no coughing side effects with this medication. I just started it today, but I am SCARRED as hell! because I hope this doesn't compile another coughing episode on top of the ones I am already experiencing. I too, suffer w/this cough, and looking for relief. My doctor assured me that Verapamil doesn't cause cough. I hope these attacks go away soon because I am sick & tired of them.

I started coughing about 14 months ago, would have about 2 months of almost constant coughing then it would let up for a few weeks, then right back again. My doctor thought I developed asthma or copd, sent me to an allergy doctor, where I began having allergy injections and he put me on Zyrtec, Singular, Advair, Veramyst and Asteline and still continued to cough, with such violent bronchial spasms that I would almost vomit. I would have to constantly suck on cough drops, even at night in order to calm that tickle in my throat, although it didn't always work.

I was about to go crazy. Today I went to an ENT Specialist who noticed that I was taking Lisinopril. He asked me how long and it dawned on me that I probably started taking it about the time I started coughing. He told me to stop taking it and ask my family doctor for something other than an ACE Inhibitor because they are notorious for causing coughing. I am absolutely dumbfounded that such misery could be caused by one little pill and even the Allergy Specialist didn't catch it.

i have been taken off lisinopril and am coughing so violently i have actually lost my voice. now this is my second day with no voice.

I started taking lisinopril from November of last year & can't stop my coughing. I can't sleep, cough all day to the point of gagging and throwing up. I stopped taking the medicine last week & half, however I am still coughing.

I started taking Lisinpril in September, went on a cruise in October. I thought I had a cold, I mentioned this to my doctor in November but she did not mention the new med I was on. It was only a couple of weeks ago that my doctor told me it was the BP medicine. I switched almost 2 weeks ago but still have the cough. The Pharmacist told me until it was completely out of my system I would still cough, but it would go away. At least I'm no longer scared of what is really going on especially since I read it from other readers.

Thanks

I'm so glad to find this information. I switched from Benicar to Lisinopril 2 years ago and developed a nagging cough. although not as bad as most describe, I also thought it was allergy related though I'd never had anything so persistent. I had never had a cough with a gag reflex.

So now I know. I'm not sure I can afford the Benicar since it went from $60 a month to almost $90 in less than a year, but I also don't know if I can afford this cough.

Time to talk to the doctor.

thnx

I was changed to lisinporil in March, started coughing and running a fever, I have had numerous rounds of antibiotics, cough medicines, and allergy medicines. Saw two nurse practitioners and three different Doctors. Three weeks ago they switched me back to Divon, I was still coughing so they said I could go back to the Lisinproil, and prescribed another round of Allegra.

This is August and I am still coughing to the point of throwing up. I am afraid to eat out in public because I start eating and coughing to the point of gagging, it really turns the other people off.

I was put on Lisinopril/HCTZ. My cough started about 3days-week into the medication. I called the doctor's office (I see the PA) and told her about the cough. She said, "Well let's hope it's allergies and not the lisinopril." I have no allergies. I'm a cardiac nurse. I knew right away it was the lisinopril. The cough is occasional during the day and incessant at night. I'm going to talk to one of the cardiologists I know about the benicar testimonies I've read on this site.

I know better, but I have skipped three doses of my medication simply because I'm annoyed by the cough. My blood pressure is incredible. At times it's 108/68. That's down from 190s/120s. But HTN is knew to me. I'm not a sick person. I'm not used to being sick and this coughing is becoming intolerable and embarrassing. -plus it worries my family. They thought I was aspirating in my sleep...And I'm absolutely not.

Wow, I've had this horrible cough for years, and years, and it never occurred to me until recently that it was my blood pressure medicine. I read above where some people said they switched to Benicar, but that's what I was taking.

Within about two days of switching to a new BP medicine (Amlodipine, 10mg), I've already noticed a difference. Not as much coughing or, worse, coughing/gagging after eating (which seems to have gotten worse recently). And, that constant drainage that I was having and phlegm in the back of my throat has decreased noticeably. Hopefully, by the time I see my doctor again (she wants to see me in 30 days to see how the new medicine is working), I'll feel like a normal person again.

But, the cough, it was embarrassing. Like some here, I've been in meetings and have had to walk out for a coughing fit.

I had the same problem. I was on Benicar and then switched to Lisinopril because of the cost. Got severe cough....could hardly function....got off Lisinopril and back onto Benicar, but still have the cough, but not as bad. How long does it take for the effects to wear off from the Lisinopril?

I went on Lisinopril-Hctz about 6 weeks ago. Just figured out this week my constant coughing was coming from the medication. I either have drainage or dry tickle in throat. I stopped taking it today and already feel much better. Some coughing but nothing like I was doing. I also have had cramps in my rib cage and fingers and do believe it started when I started taking Lisinopril. Call my Doctor today to get my old medication back.

I was taking lisinopril maybe 7 months I had bad foot pain leg cramps too the point of not being able to walk. After reading other leg cramp complaints I stop taking it within two days a lot of the pain is gone.

When I was put on lisinopril, I was immediately miserable with choking mucous and gagging. I went on quinipril and still had a cough, but not so much gagging and heaving. I put up with the symptoms for nearly 8 months till I started to take a supplement, magnesium! It lessened with one tab, then I read about it on the web, increased it to three times a day, and now I tolerate the BP meds with no coughing or gagging! (unless I forget to take the magnesium) What a relief!

When I told my Dr a couple of months ago, he said he had never heard of this! I told him maybe he could help others with this information!

I started taking Benicar about 3 months ago. My doctor told me that coughing was a side effect, but I didn't know how bad it would be. In the last 2 months I have coughed so hard that I have passed out 3 times. This last time, I twisted up my ankle and now can't even get up. I'm afraid to drive because of the passing out. Like others, it starts with a tickle in the throat, and then, boom - I wake up on the floor. Any suggestions? I asked the Dr. to change me to another medicine because of the cost of the benicar, but they said they didn't want to change it because it was working so well. I haven't yet got to talk to him about the passing out spells.

Wow I'm so glad I found this website. I too have had this "nightmare cough" I did get off the bp med, Diltiazem to see if that could be my cough problem. But Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker not an ace inhibitor. Could this still be what has been giving me this tickle-cough? I coughed so hard I broke a rib. Oh how long does it take for the cough to go away???? I have been off Diltiazem for about a week now but it seems to be increasing with frequency, what is going on??

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: DILTIAZEM DOES NOT USUALLY CAUSE A COUGH. PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR TO FIND OUT WHERE THE COUGH IS COMING FROM.

So what did you do?, I hope did you get any sleep? I haven't had any sleep in 3 weeks.
I don't know if I can continue this.

I also try eating ice and some times it will give be a break in the coughs, but it doesn't last long though.

I really need some sleep.

Please someone tell me if there is any relief from this cough, I don't think I can go another night without sleep.
Is there any medicine or home remedy I can use to relieve me from the cough?

I have tried taking lisinopril two different times, a year apart. Diovan was horridly expensive out of pocket.

Last night not only was I awakened from sleep but I had horrid mucous in my lungs and they crackled when I coughed; it always starts with an itch /tickling in my throat (I told my Dr. that it feels like a spider crawling down my throat and stopping around or just above my voice box area.)

My doctor has ordered me a new Rx of 50 mg losartan; I surely hope that it works; I have been coughing for months and months; with small gaps of a few days during this past year; I have not slept well in a long time. I KNOW it is lisinopril related, as I coughed with altace, too.

Some of the coughing even hits with the first bite of food or water. It is hard to eat a meal while coughing; it is embarrassing in a restaurant, as I have to get up and go outside, etc.; people stare at me like I have TB or something; my husband is worried about me! My lungs rattle because the tears start flowing down my face and my nose begins to run (normally I do not sneeze or have tears or running nose!). Then all the stuff drains into my chest and the coughing fits start and it is awful; then it stops as suddenly as it started!!! IT might stop for a couple of hours, then it starts again!!!!!

I had the same problem after using Lisinopril for more than a year.
After my doctor changed the medicine, the cough started slowly to go away.
To be able to sleep, I used Nyquil Cold & Flu every night.
Now, after 2 weeks without Lisinopril I'm feeling well again.

I was on Lisinopril for 11 days, and developed the Horrible Cough that you all are talking about. I have been off of it now for 2 weeks. The cough is no better. I may be OK for a few hours, then it starts again with gagging and vomiting. Eating food may start the process.

Cannot believe how debilitating it is!! I have lots of Sputum with the cough that I spit up. I do not know how much more of this I can take. Took some Phenergan with DM last nite, and was able to get some sleep, but I did do some coughing.

You just do not know when the cough is going to hit. Have not been able to go to Church, restaurants. When I get the cough feeling, my throat feels like there is a lump there. Has anybody come up with a way to get rid of it fast?

Any help would be appreciated.

I was taking Lisinopril for about three months, it was crazy. The coughing was sooooo bad I too was unable to sleep or eat. One day I started feeling ill, I was thinking flu. My body was hurting all over and the coughing was so bad I started gagging with violent coughing spells. My back felt like someone was stabbing me with a knife. Seeing that I was thinking flu I forgot to take the Lisinopril it was like my body was going Withdrawal Symptoms. My body almost shut down, I was not able to sleep for three days, I was having panic attacks and was unable to eat.

My husband and daughter stayed home for three days to take care of me. On the third day my doctor was able to see me, by that time my body was so weak and my skin was pale that it was hard to get dress (THANK GOD for a wonderful husband) I had reached out to all my family and friends and asked them to pray for me. I was thinking... am I going crazy? I was not able to stop crying maybe due to no sleep or food. When my doctor walked in the room she was so surprised to see how I looked. My husband was very upset my doctor just said the coughing was from Lisinopril but not the other symptoms.

We found out that other people had the same issues. I have been off Lisinopril for two weeks now WOW!!!! I feel GREAT!, no back pain, very little coughing and lots of sleep. PRAISE GOD everyday I would read Psalm 139:14 something my mother would say. So start with prayer it work.

I started on lortel, a different brand, but had the same problem. The very first day I took it, within 2 hours I had my first ever panic attack. I thought I was dying. I had my employee call 911. I couldn't see, I couldn't move, but I could hear. My breathing was fast and staggered, and after 10 min, it just stopped. A week later I had flu-like symptoms with a nagging cough. The flu symptoms went away, but the cough persisted. In mid-January, because my bp continued to hover around 160/110, the doc doubled my bp meds to twice a day.

Within days, the fever came back and coughing became fierce. The fever only lasted a day or two, but coughing only got worse. The tickle was horrible and constant. It would send me into bouts of violent coughing, gagging and vomiting 2 to 3 times a day. It was so violent, my right eye hemorrhaged after vomiting spontaneously from a sudden coughing bout while sitting at work. I couldn't even get to the trash can in time, it went everywhere.

The blood in the white of my eye is nearly cleared up, and because I was vomiting up these pills I pay $2.50 each for despite being unemployed, I skipped 3 in a row. I can't afford to waste $150 a month down the toilet like that.

Today I noticed the tickle was gone for the first time. I got curious and did an internet search for chronic coughing and saw one of the causes on the list is bp meds. I had no idea! I haven't thrown up since that last day I took the full dosage, and after reading all of this, I don't plan to take another one again.

Shortly after my eye hemorrhaged, I developed incontinence. I have to wear a pad 24/7 now because I wet myself with every cough. I don't know if that part will get better, but the embarrassment of not only that horrific attention-drawing sound of violent, hacking cough followed by a screaming vomit was only compounded by the fact that I would completely wet myself in full saturation down both legs.

I'm switching to diet and exercise for a while. The meds never worked for me anyway. It was just $500 I didn't have to spare, flushed down the drain.

I have been on 20 mg of Lisinopril since May and I have had this horrible cough, sinus drainage, white junk in my throat that fills up and gags me all the time. I noticed this site after trying to see what to do about the constant cough. My cough would keep me up at night and the cough was very powerful. My body feels like someone has been beating me and I have no energy at all.

My Mom told my whole family that I was dying. I went off this med a few days ago and my cough is starting to get better. I was to the Dr. last week and she did not mention the BP med side effect she just looked at me like I was crazy, because my lungs were clear. She said it was acid reflex. I told her my feet were swollen, she did not mention the BP med side effect of that. She gave me a water pill. I have also had vision blurring and confusion. These are all side effects.

My blood pressure was 132/84 with the med. She wants me to come back to check my bp. I am going to see if I can be on Amlodipne. Thank You for the information from this site. It makes me feel like the consumer has a voice.

I have been coughing to the point of vomiting for the last two years. My primary said it was post nasal, asthma or heartburn when none of those proved true, I called an Allergist who asked me tight over the phone about my BP meds. I called back my GP and he said, Oh yes, that causes cough too! I could have screamed! So tomorrow I quit and see how long it takes to clear out of my system!

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