A healthcare provider may prescribe lisinopril to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. This medication is approved for use in adults and children as young as six years old.
Lisinopril is a medication that 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.
By helping blood vessels relax, it also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
The drug comes in tablet form, and is typically taken once a day. Oral 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.
(Click Lisinopril for more information on how lisinopril can help treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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