a sphygmomanometer (blood pressure monitor)

How do you keep your blood pressure under control? Managing blood pressure is an important pillar for maintaining good health and reducing the risk of strokes or heart disease. Regular exercise, a diet high in healthful vegetables and fruits and ways to relax and manage stress can help. But sometimes people need blood pressure medication to get hypertension into bounds. Lisinopril is a popular prescription pill for blood pressure, but what about lisinopril side effects?

ACE Inhibitors for Blood Pressure Control:

Blood pressure pills are perceived as generally safe medications. ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors in particular are considered highly effective with few adverse reactions. We calculate that at least 100 million prescriptions are filled for ACE inhibitors each year. Here is a list of commonly prescribed ACEi drugs:

  • Benazepril (Lotensin)

  • Captopril (Capoten)

  • Enalapril (Vasotec)

  • Fosinopril (Monopril)
  • 
Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

  • Moexipril (Univasc)

  • Perindopril (Aceon)

  • Quinapril (Accupril)

  • Ramipril (Altace)

  • Trandolapril (Mavik)

We have frequently written about an ACEi cough, which drives many patients crazy because it can keep them awake at night, cause incontinence and make them miserable. However, another reaction worries us even more. It is called angioedema and it can be life threatening. A Turkish patient died from angioedema triggered by lisinopril despite emergency treatment (Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Dec., 2015).

We received the following message from a visitor to this website.

“One night after taking lisinopril my lips began to swell as if I had a fever blister. Within two hours my face was extremely swollen and my throat began to feel like it was closing off my air passage. I went to the hospital and spent the night in the emergency room with an IV and other meds.

“The doctors identified that I had a reaction from the lisinopril. I still had some swelling a full 24 hours after the incident. I was told that I was lucky and that they were close to doing a tracheotomy.

“I had taken lisinopril for four years before the reaction. I would strongly advise alternative medications other than lisinopril, and recommend anyone who has been taking this for any length of time have a discussion with their physician.

“The final advice I have is that if you have a reaction seek medical attention immediately.” Gary

Angioedema and Other Lisinopril Side Effects:

Angioedema is a somewhat mysterious reaction to ACE inhibitor blood pressure pills. It can happen within the first few days or weeks of starting treatment, or, as in Gary’s case, show up after years of taking the medication. There is no way to predict what will trigger such a hazardous reaction. When it happens, however, it requires emergency medical attention. If your airways close, breathing becomes impossible. That is why they were considering an emergency tracheotomy in Gary’s case.

Angioedema doesn’t always affect the face, tongue and neck, though. We have heard from other visitors that ACE inhibitors can affect the belly. Here is one poignant story:

“I was put on lisinopril for high blood pressure in January. That month I experienced severe stomach cramping and vomiting. I was rolling on the floor in agony. The doctor said it was most likely the flu but started me on two different antibiotics in case it was bacterial.

“A few weeks later I had another attack with severe stomach cramping and vomiting. I went to the ER, where I was given IV pain meds. A CT scan showed small intestine inflammation partially blocking off my bowel. I was sent home but returned the next day with pain that was a 10 on a 10-point scale. The doctor said that all the tests had been done and there was nothing he could do. I was sent home with pain medication.

“A few weeks later I was admitted to the hospital with increased small intestine inflammation and another blockage. I vomited and dry-heaved for 12 hours. I was released four days later with no definitive diagnosis.

“I was told most likely I had Crohn’s disease, but a colonoscopy was negative for Crohn’s. I underwent extensive tests, including endoscopy, and all were negative. None of the doctors made a connection with the drug lisinopril.

“After two months of missing work, three more ER visits and untold suffering, I found several other people who reported similar symptoms connected to lisinopril. I stopped the medication and have not had another attack. If you look on PubMed you can see reports on lisinopril and intestinal angioedema, but doctors don’t think to connect this with lisinopril because it is not listed as a common side effect.” 

Taking ACE Inhibitors for Hypertension:

ACE inhibitors can be very effective medications for many people. As long as you don’t experience an unrelenting cough, breathing difficulties or severe abdominal discomfort, you may be home free. No medicine should ever be stopped without medical supervision.

Here are some other side effects to aware of.

 Lisinopril Side Effects:

  • Dry cough, uncontrollable cough, nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness, excessively low blood pressure
  • Kidney function changes, BUN & creatinene elevations
  • Headache
  • Digestive distress, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Tiredness, fatigue, malaise
  • Excessive potassium levels (requires immediate medical attention!), irregular heart rhythms, chest pain
  • Elevated uric acid levels
  • Sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity), skin rash
  • Angioedema (swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat)
  • Angioedema (swelling in abdomen, severe abdominal pain)
  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) requiring emergency treatment
  • Toxicity to liver or pancreas
  • Blood disorders
  • Potential birth defects if taken during early pregnancy
  • Sexual difficulties

In one case report, lisinopril caused hair loss (Journal of Pharmacy Practice, online June 6, 2016). Anyone who would like to learn more about non-drug approaches to controlling hypertension may find our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment of interest. There is also information about other medications for dealing with blood pressure problems.

Share your own experiences below. Those who would like to learn more about ACE inhibitor cough will find this link of great interest.

Revised 9/28/16

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  1. Robert
    Amory Ms.
    Reply

    Passed out yesterday goin down the road…Went to the Doc. Today an she took me off it..I could tell she thought it was the Lisinopril that caused it….I allmost got killed….

  2. Schwanda
    TN
    Reply

    I’ve been on lisinopril a little over a year and in the last couple of weeks I’ve been experience muscle craps , joint paint swelling around my neck, knees, ankles and hands/ feet. I’ve also have pain in my jaw that’s so severe that I can’t even eat and barely can talk normal. I’ve diarrhea, nausea, light head, numbing of my face, constant tingling in feet and hands,blurry vision, quick heart beat (which slows to a slow weak heart beat), back pain, sore throat, bloated stomach, dry patchy rash, sensitive gums, nightmares, feeling like the room is still spinning, thinning hair, congestion, weakness, stomach cramps, and early aches constantly. I’m 38 yes old and has had hypertension ever sense I was 9 years old. I’ve never been over weight. I can’t understand why this is the only medicine that has made my life a living hell. I went to the ER and the doctor was clueless about my situation but the nurse told me that I was having bales palsy do to lisinopril. I was told to stop taking it. I’m so afraid because having cheat pain and pain in my right arm. I feel like I’m having a stroke or a heart attack. I can’t deal. Dr’s should not prescribe medication that they are not familiar with all the pros and cons.

  3. jj
    los angeles
    Reply

    I am taking lisinropril and have dreadful experiences since started taking it. Just to many issues as stomach like in a vise, chest pain sometimes, spacy, palputations, taking chlorthalidone with it just a bit for water retention, never got bloated before – getting so bloated my body was tight and can’t do any more of these drugs! This whole thing is turning me inside out. I am going to stop it – was so ill i couldn’t go to dr the other day and leary about going back there. Am trying not to be upset and taking more magnesium to calm my heart beating out of my chest. And much better than a few days ago. Make sure if you are having effects that you get your dr to pay attention! Guess i need to go to dr with a flashing neon sign to be mindful of me!

  4. Dean
    Austin
    Reply

    Any medication can effect different people different ways. One persons “miracle drug” can be anothers nightmare or even fatal. It is wise to be alert for serious side effects , especially when first starting any drug or off the shelf supplement. When you have a serious condition like high blood pressure, the worst thing you can do is try to ignore it. The public is caught between a rock and a hard place. Go to 10 different doctors for high blood pressure and you could easily get 10 different prescriptions. The pharmacies make the problem even worse by buying whatever generic is cheapest. What can you do ? I lost any trust in the entire industry and any connected with it many years ago. When you have no choice, you do your homework and roll the dice.

  5. Jeanne
    Reply

    Reading this because of side effects of Lisinopril. Couldn’t help but notice how many “rare” cases of terrible side effects are listed here. Maybe they are not as “rare” as patients are led to believe.

  6. Larry
    Las Vegas
    Reply

    I have been taking Lisinopril for about 10 years. During that time I have experienced no side effects what-so-ever. I do have mild kidney disease probably caused by type 2 diabetes, but my numbers are constant and thus not getting any worse.

  7. Patty
    Reply

    Has anyone experienced Nightmares? Myself and two others on lisinopril have this occur when the pharmacy switches to a different generic medication vendor. I can only take lisinopril from Cintron.

    Sometimes I wonder if it’s the inactive or additive ingredients they mix into a generic medication, and not the lisinopril active ingredient. Have also heard that certain generic forms of Lasix (a diuretic) work better than others depending on who manufacturer is.

    • Patty
      Boston
      Reply

      We share a name, Patty, as well as having nightmares on Lisinopril. I, too, have bad dreams from Lisinopril, and also have had headaches for over 2 years. Stopped the Lisinopril to see if it was causing the headaches, and while unfortunately those have continued I did make the happy and inadvertent discovery that my normal dreams have returned. I had not realized how important it is for me to be able to sleep without nightmares. This is a huge improvement in my quality of life. I found your post when seeking information on possible alternative drugs to treat my hypertension. I’ve made a list of non-drug ideas as well, like losing weight. Drug-free would of course be best, if the BP can be improved.

  8. vincent
    new york city
    Reply

    I was put on lisinopril 5mg a day for coronary artery disease and hypertension…my primary doctor felt my pressure was still way to high so he increased the dosage to 20 and added a diuretic to it in the same pill – Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide combo. The first day I took this I had blacked out completely and woke up on the floor. When trying to get up and move again I made about 3 steps before blacking out again. It nearly killed me by lowering my pressure to 60/40 and barely 25 bpm when I got to the ER. As soon as I was given an oxygen mask I began to stabilize immediately luckily, and now they expect me to take 10 mg a day lolol. I have changed my lifestyle and diet completely and feel a million times better. Also my pressure seems to be stabilizing on its own naturally now. I believe this is not a good drug and that it can kill you if you’re not vigilant about your pressure and only take low doses when you really need it. I will take a 5mg tablet only when my pressure is high and even then I get dizzy from time to time and feel weird on it. Nothing compares to healthy eating and lifestyle.

  9. Maya Leisure
    CA
    Reply

    I have been on Lisinopril for the last 10 years, on and off, and with the different brands that have taken over the drug throughout the years. Let me tell you something, the brand and manufacturer make a deference. I had the cough, and trouble with digestion in my esophagus, and even nightmares. The worst brand was LUPIN. That stuff was horrible. However the newest brand of the drug, SANDO, works much better than all the brands before it. While the side effects aren’t easy to handle, let me tell you that in my case, some of them were temporary. The cough was temporary; the headaches were too and went away with the SANDO brand. I needed to give my body time to adjust. It was whenever I stopped taking the medication that I had chest tightness and couldn’t breath, because my blood pressure was going back up. This medication has been proven to improve heart function as well as blood pressure. I have had periods of time without it, and know the changes that come with it.

    It’s not for everyone, but give it a chance to work. And please, drink lots of water. Keep in mind that the water will go straight through you if you’re not eating healthy fruits. Look up fruits and other food sources that hold onto water in your system; this is also good idea for the bowels and skin appearance. You definitely should not drink alcohol with it. There is one benefit to taking this drug, in my case it helps me to lose weight and control hunger if I take it consistently. If I skip it too many days in a row, I feel okay for about the first week off of it – but remember, it’s still built up in the system; so don’t think you’ll be fine without taking your blood pressure medication. After that first week, maybe by the second week, you’ll go back to getting angry faster, because your blood pressure will go back up to high levels. And, you may start eating too much. Stay away from coffee, and sodas on this product, because it can give you acid reflux. Again, I’ve been taking this drug on and off for 10 years. I know what I am talking about, however symptoms are different for everyone.

  10. sherri
    New York
    Reply

    My significant other had been on Lisinopril for many years without any reactions. On Jan 3 of this year he woke up not feeling well. Within a short time his tongue started to swell and he was having trouble breathing. He looked in the mirror and his neck was swelling by the minute. Thankfully my son was home and drove him to the ER. He was placed on a respirator and the doctor stated he had about 2 min of life left. He was in ICU for 5 days. They almost had to do a trach. We know that this is a rare side effect but we would not suggest anyone ever take that chance. He was lucky but I wonder how many others weren’t!!

  11. Michael
    New York
    Reply

    It’s only 3 days 10 mg of this medicine and it lowered the pressure to normal but holy. I feel worse now then I did with the high bp. I’m weak, chest tightness and shortness of breath..I’m done calling doctor, the rest are going in the garbage..I’m really going to work on my diet so I don’t need these pills. A healthy lifestyle is the real answer not drugs.

  12. Ms Poetic
    Lehigh Valley PA
    Reply

    I am literally in the hospital now with the face swelling, and thinking back I also had the terrible stomach pain which I kept being told was severe gas.

    All the time, I thought it was food allergies or drug interactions. NOW, after reading some posts, I realized this was all from the Lisopril. Thank God throat wasn’t affected to the same extent.

  13. barb
    PA
    Reply

    I’d been on Lisinopril recently for the last 4 yrs. reading prev testimonies, i now realize i had been experiencing side effects from the very beginning. starting with the tingling and sharp stabbing pain through out my entire body. I have lost my hair and the dry cough was so severe at times, my ribs were sore.

    3 wks ago, I woke up with a swollen tongue. my new dr. immediately took me off this med. i now take Metotprolol Succinate Er 25mg and because the lisinopril also had a combo diuretic, i also take Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg. the diuretic doesn’t seem to be working because i wake up every morning with tight swollen hands. i will contact my dr. and inform him because i didn’t have those symptoms previously.

  14. Steven
    Kent, WA
    Reply

    I’ve been taking combo 12.5/lisinopril/HTCZ water pill for the last ten years. For several years all was normal, as far as I could tell. The last couple years, I’ve had a chronic cough that is horrid at bedtime. I thought it was just a bad cold, but now I’m reading all these stories of people with similar symptoms, and my symptoms are getting worse, like shortness of breath and Nausea.

    My stomach does not want to shrink no matter how much I work out. When the congestion is bad, I’ve found mucinex to allow me to breathe. Also, drinking lots of water reduces the sodium count to relieve the pressure in my lungs. Muscle exercises also allow for absorbing blood sugar, and to lower the count.

  15. Gary
    milwakie
    Reply

    I have had a headache for three months it just started all at once one day and have it 24 /7 . I take 10 mg lisinopril have taken this for 5 years .my blood pressure has dropped to low levels in the last months 100/49 some days feel terible . Have every kind of test cat scan, MRI, all sorts of blood test. I was glad to here some of these stories maybe it is the Lisinopril.

  16. george
    franklin la
    Reply

    I also have CKD stage 2 kidney disease/high blood pressure/heart disease/diabetes and I take two drugs. I don’t taking metformin and lisinopril because both can do serious to my health.

  17. Barbara B.
    Oregon
    Reply

    I read most of these comments but no one mentioned wheezing. I’ve been taking Lisinopril for about 3 years, and I wheeze. Never have had asthma or wheezing in my life, I am 70. Also I get very drowsy whenever I sit down, and in general have begun to not feel all that well. I am fatigued. Don’t have a cough, but this crazy wheezing that I can hear, especially when going to sleep. Before this drug I was on Amlodipine, developed a strange intolerable odor that no one else could smell, but was in my olfactory system. So was changed to Nisoldipine – same thing! I am going to make an appt. with a Naturopath.

  18. Lesley
    Honolulu
    Reply

    My mother just started taking Lisinopril 2 months ago. Since starting, she has to go to the restroom 4-5 times a night. About 3-4 times now she has had very bad reactions where she is feeling nauseous, has tremors, has the chills and fever, is itchy all over, and can’t sleep all night. She feels so terrible, she says it feels like she’s in hell. I’m glad she is not going crazy and now we know it’s a side effect of the medication.

  19. Janna kisner
    North Carolina
    Reply

    I also read that Red Zinger Tea can cause problems similar to Lisinopril

  20. Debbie
    Michigan
    Reply

    Get off from it. I was having dizzy spells for several months. I was on this drug for 15 months. It almost cost me my life from angioedema. It is rare this happens but I would not chance it if you are having dizzy spells. My dizzy spells were “light” for lack of a better word. I had to be flown by helicopter to larger hospital. That is how serious this was.

  21. Lisa
    Minnesota
    Reply

    While on vacation in Texas I woke one morning feeling quite full as if I had just finished a big meal. It was uncomfortable but not painful. As the day went on it worsened and was extremely painful. Finally my husband insisted we go to the ER. They took me in immediately and did a CT scan. They diagnosed the small intestinal blockage immediately and started pain meds and an NG tube to empty my stomach.

    I was admitted into the hospital and they told me it would resolve itself or they would need to do surgery. The next day’s x-ray showed that it was clear. I had been taking Lisinopril for at least 5 years with no noticeable side affects but during my stay (3 days) I was not allowed anything and eventually liquid. No Lisinopril. I was fine the next day. They told me I would need to follow up when I returned home. Luckily I live close to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at my appt. the Dr. reviewed scans from the hospital and did another CAT scan that day. During the appt. he diagnosed Lisinopril based on the type of symptoms I had. Not taking them in the hospital is what resolved the problem. I’ll be looking for an alternative blood pressure pill going forward!

    • george
      franklin la
      Reply

      I don’t like lisinopril for my high blood pressure. I been on this a long time. I need to get off this drug today but my doctor didn’t say anything about how bad this drug is. Should I stop taking it or get another doctor?

  22. Peg
    Atlanta, GA
    Reply

    My already fine thin hair began thinning more when I started taking Lisinopril. I also passed out recently at a conference with no prior dizziness nor any other symptoms. I was taken to ER where they said I must have had a dip in BP. I had not connected any of this with the medication until now reading your news. I had previously been on HCTZ for years with no noticeable problems but began having low sodium so was changed to Lisinopril. I just had my prescription refilled but began having doubts. I’m 73 and feel fine and happyy otherwise. P W

    • Dorothy
      48177
      Reply

      I love the doc who gave me lisinopril, but I had Horrible heart paplitations. Try another doctor, don’t put yourself in danger changing with out a docs help.

  23. Renee
    Atlanta
    Reply

    Renee I have taken Losartan, Propanolol and am now taking Lisinoprol. I’ve experienced body tingles, sensations of pins & needles, a constant headache & insomnia to boot! I’ve been on Atenelol for high blood pressure for 10 years & never had any side effects! The meds mentioned were added due to my BP increasing! Dr, said these meds have the least side effects! Don’t know what to do anymore!

  24. Monique
    Missouri
    Reply

    On December 15, I had to be taken to the ER due to really bad stomach pains. The pains I felt was worse than labor pains, it felt like someone was stomping on my intestines with high heel shoes on. Once admitted, the doctors ran all of the test from colonoscopy upper GI, and different blood test. Everything the doctors was looking for came back negative. While in the hospital they kept giving me my blood pressure med, lisinopril. My lips became swollen while I was there and I was told it was because of the test I had done earlier. I replied no something is not right, but they continued to say I was ok, it’s because of the test.

    I suffered in pain for a week and 2 1/2 days while laying in the hospital. The Doctors could not find or figure out was going on and said we feel like it would be safe to send you home. They then released me from the hospital with instructions, a 2 week follow up appointment and another colonoscopy and also with an added blood pressure pill to go with the lisinopril. Once at home I continued taking my blood pressure pills according to Doctors directions and the pain, vomiting, diarrhea, the horrible coughing, continued. I began having chest pains and shortness of breath, I thought it was because I was trying to do too much to fast.

    On January 17 my upper lip started to swell and later that night it got worse, the next day I woke up I looked horrible; my face, upper lip and neck was swollen even more. I returned to the ER that’s when the ER Doctor said I was having an allergic reaction to the lisinopril, they began to give me steroids and other meds to stop what was going on and to keep my throat from swelling up as well. They then released me with a prescription for a 3 day steroid fix. I thank God he kept me because I could have died. Feeling safe enough to send me home almost cost my life.

  25. Shawn
    Reply

    I have taken Lisinopril for 4 years after my BP was found to be high (155/90) at my checkup. It was a stressful time in my life and that may have contributed to the high BP, but the doctor said that I would need to be on BP meds for life.

    The symptoms came on quickly (dry cough) and then continued to compound. Muscle cramps, dizziness, etc. My BP did go down to normal but the medication altered other parts of my life. I always felt either dizzy or high (not in a good way!). Sometimes I would be at lunch with clients and feared that I would pass out at the table. I also started to get mild anxiety attacks – probably from fearing that I’d pass out or need medical attention in front of clients or family.

    Five months ago I started cutting my dose in 1/2 – went from two pills a day to one. In addition, I started exercising regularly and lost over 10 lbs. Even with this, I still had days where I just didn’t feel right. So I started to do research on natural HBP remedies. I started taking Cayenne Pepper capsules and garlic supplements. Also cut out all gluten (bread, pasta), soda, beer (ouch, I LOVE beer), sugar and other crap. Also went from 1 pill a day to a 1/2 pill per day.

    My prescription ran out a few days ago and I did not have it refilled. My current BP averages around 134/84. I can live with this. The last 5 days have been awesome – no dizziness, feeling out of it, etc. I feel like a normal person again. At 53 years of age I am looking forward to driving, skiing, biking, hiking and more importantly spending time with family (wife, kids and grandchildren) in a normal state of being.

    I think that obtaining this nirvana of 120/80 is insanity. Some of us run a little bit “hotter” than others; we may not live as long, but as long as our BP can be maintained at a reasonable level then we may live as well as others.

    My advice to others: unless your BP is so high that you are in imminent danger then I urge you to seek non-prescription solutions to your HBP.

  26. Pam
    Colorado
    Reply

    I am an African American 62 yr old female. I was taking 10mg of lisinopril for 2wks and did experience lower bp, however I had the persistent cough, stomach pain, dizziness and depression. Saw doctor yesterday and was taken off. Now going to try Losartan.

    • Deb
      New York
      Reply

      I was recently put on Lisinopril, 5mg a day, along with another BP med that I have been on for a long time. The doctor wants to get my BP down lower than the 130s. I am encouraged by the info on alternative non-drug options. I am hoping that excersizing, adding garlic and cayenne pepper, and cutting back on sugar will allow me to reduce the dose and eventually eliminate the need for Lisinopril. It’s scary to read about the possible risks of taking it!

      • jj
        los angeles
        Reply

        cayenne pepper can cause bp to go up in some people.

    • Dorothy
      Reply

      Thank You…

    • Werner Fleischer
      Virginia
      Reply

      10 points for Pam.

  27. Genevieve
    Vermont
    Reply

    I’ve only been on Lisinopril 10 mg once a day, for only a week. The carvedilol 3.5 was not doing it’s job, and the BP was way up. First day taking the Lisinopril I had gut pain like I was in labor 10/10, and comparable to my pain I had with C. Difficile infection a year ago. I think it’s doing it’s job as my BP has come down, but heart rate is up a bit, but I feel like a bucket of crap.

    Heavy chest pain if feels like, sharp pains come and go. Yet the numbers are ok. I was told to take it easy, and I am, but it’s hard to even stand at times with the gut pain, headache, dizzy, and chest pain. Definitely going to check and see if there is an alternative after all I have read. I’m a white 50 yo female with long history of hypertension induced by stress.

  28. Cindy
    New York
    Reply

    Just to balance out some of the comments: (Almost everyone responding has had problems – not that this is unusual, as people naturally have a tendency to identify complaints & worries, but mostly don’t bother to report when things are ok or not worrisome.)

    I have taken 20 mg Lisinopril for probably 10 to 15 years with none of the side effects described. When I get a cold with a cough, my cough lasts for weeks or months, but I can’t blame it on Lisinopril which I took before, during & after the cold, and the cough comes and goes, but it takes a while. I also take Bisoprolol HCTZ, but alone that wasn’t enough to get my blood pressure down. So I’ve been fine with this.

    However, my husband was put on Lisinopril 5mg to combat his “fatty liver”. He used to have asthma, but now just gets bronchitis about once a year. However, he coughs constantly – sometimes productive, sometimes not. He seems to be inclined to ignore it; I think it shouldn’t be as constant as it is and will wear him down. (and his resistance to whatever germs may be about. He has Parkinson’s Disease and is a type 2 diabetic). It seems like he’s always coughing, more or less, and I can’t remember if it changes when he’s been on or off Lisinopril.

    I think we should address this with his doctor, but could anyone suggest an alternative to combat fatty liver. His blood pressure is admirably perfect. Thanks.

  29. Beth
    San Diego
    Reply

    I have been on Lisinopril for probably 7 years, maybe a little longer. I am on 5Mg daily. I haven’t had any problems and that dose doesn’t really take my pressure down a lot, but my doctor doesn’t want to give me more and I don’t want more. Sometimes my pressure is 150 or 160, but usually 130.

    I do have moments when I am a bit dizzy if I turn quickly. And sometimes I feel like I am loosing balance briefly and I have wondered if that was causing it. I am 79 now. So I need to be very careful not to fall.

    I will discuss this article and comments w/my doctor. Since it seems to be agreeing, I hate changing drugs, but would sure not want to have a sudden problem. I live alone.

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