Lisinopril is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions involving the heart and blood vessels, such as congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.
The drug comes in tablet form. Lisinopril is taken by mouth, and is typically taken once a day. Lisinopril tablets are available in several strengths. These include:
- Lisinopril 2.5 mg
- Lisinopril 5 mg
- Lisinopril 10 mg
- Lisinopril 20 mg
- Lisinopril 30 mg
- Lisinopril 40 mg.
Lisinopril is part of a group of medications called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. The medication helps block this enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, it causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
Although most people tolerate lisinopril tablets well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with lisinopril, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include diarrhea, coughing, and dizziness.
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