Lisinopril is a medicational treatment that’s used in order to help people who suffer from high blood pressure problems (hypertension). High blood pressure happens for an assortment of reasons. Usually it happens over time, where a person doesn’t take care to check their blood pressure regularly and doesn’t take measures to get it under control. It can also happen because a person has a family history of high blood pressure.
Medications such as Lisinopril are useful for those who require an immediate and effective means to lower the problem. These are usually people who have tried to go the natural route, but can’t get the degree of help they need. It can also be a measure a doctor is taking in order to help someone lower their risk of certain health problems related to high blood pressure levels. Some of these would include stroke, heart attack and kidney problems. All of these can be potentially life threatening.
In addition to helping with high blood pressure, Lisinopril can also be used in order to treat heart failure and in order to improve a persons survival chances after a heart attack.
The way Lisinopril works is it’s able to relax the blood vessels so that blood has an easier time flowing.
Lisinopril has additional uses as well. It can be used in order to help protect the kidneys with people who suffer from diabetes.
If a person decides to take Lisinopril, then what are some of the common potential side effects they might put themselves at risk at?
Headache may occur as your body adjusts to the medication
Dry cough may also occur
All of these are high probability side effects, but most of them only happen when someone first starts taking the medication. With time these side effects should subside in severity or go away altogether. If this isn’t the case and they get worse, then it’s best for you to contact a doctor or a pharmacist as soon as you were able to.
What are some of the more serious potential side effects a person can suffer from if they take this medication?
Symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat)
Even though Lisinopril has the use of stopping kidney problems or to help people who suffer from kidney problems, in some rare instances it can cause serious kidney problems or even make existing ones worse. A doctor will give you an examination in order to check kidney function before they prescribe you Lisinopril. Be sure to let your doctor know as soon as possible if you have any serious signs of kidney problems like a change in the level of urine.
Lisinopril also has the potential to cause potentially life threatening liver problems. Be sure to let a doctor know if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Severe stomach/abdominal pain
Serious allergic reactions
The above isn’t a comprehensive list of side effects. You have to monitor yourself and if you notice any other issues wrong with you, then you must seek out medical help, contact a doctor or a pharmacist.