Zestril is a medicational treatment that’s used in order to assist people who suffer from high blood pressure problems (hypertension). By being able to lower blood pressure it lowers your risk of certain health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. In addition to these uses, it can also be used in order to help people who suffer from heart failure and in order to improve the chances of survival after a heart attack.
Zestril is what’s called an ACE inhibitor and it works by helping to relax the blood vessels so that blood is able to flow more easily. Superior blood flow is beneficial in a number of ways. It can help the body to have an easier time circulating nutrients and oxygen. People who need this treatment are going to be those who have serious blood pressure issues either because their genetically predisposed to it or because they have a really unhealthy diet.
Natural methods work to lower blood pressure, it’s just that they might not work fast enough to lower someone’s chances of suffering a serious health crisis. Zestril is effective in this sense and can serve as a great addition for someone who is taking extra measures to make important lifestyle changes in order to keep their blood pressure under control.
Zestril also has other uses such as the ability to help protect the kidneys from harm because of diabetes.
If you need to take Zestril, then what are some of the possible common side effects you can end up experiencing as a result?
Headache may occur as your body adjusts to the medication
Dry cough may also occur
The above side effects are not that serious, but this doesn’t mean anyone wants to experience them. Typically these side effects shouldn’t last very long and the severity of them should be reasonably low. You risk experiencing these problems only because your body has to get used to taking this medicational treatment. Once this is the case, then you’ll find these minor side effects either go away or become less in terms of severity and frequency. If this isn’t the case or they become worse, then you need to contact a doctor or speak to a pharmacist right away for help.
What are some of the possible serious side effects a person might suffer as a result of using Zestril?
High potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat)
Serious allergic reactions
Even though this medication is supposed to help treat kidney problems, it can end up causing serious kidney problems or even cause them to become worse. Your doctor is going to help by checking kidney function while you use this medication. Let the doctor know if you experience signs of kidney problems like a change in the amount of urine.
Zestril can also cause serious (sometimes fatal) liver problems. Let your doctor know if you have any of the following rare serious side effects:
Severe stomach/abdominal pain
Zestril is effective as a means to treat high blood pressure, but it shouldn’t be taken without the proper supervision of a medical professional.