Lisinopril works to decrease the chemicals that constrict blood vessels causing high blood pressure. The medication represents one of a group called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and can treat congestive heart failure and help increase your chances of survival immediately after having a heart attack as well. Physicians prescribe doses of the medication on an individual basis. Doses may start at one 10mg dose per day and increase to as much as four tablets (40mg) daily with monitoring. Even at the 10mg dose, some side effects have been reported.
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Lisinopril 10mg may affect your blood sugar levels as a side effect. Mayo Clinic staff say those with blood sugar problems who must monitor their levels must use caution in taking lisinopril. Inform your doctor of any hypoglycemic or diabetic issues you may have if she discusses the possibility of taking lisinopril.
Taking lisinopril 10mg tablets may cause a loss of blood pressure called hypotension as a side effect. The Drugs.com website states that lowered blood pressure could cause dizziness, drowsiness or fainting. If combined with other central nervous system depressants like alcohol or antihistamines, the effect could be multiplied. You should also avoid salt substitutes and potassium supplements if you are taking the medication.
Renal Function Impairment
Lisinopril 10mg tablets can cause renal dysfunction in those susceptible to kidney problems. The RxList.com website states those with known renal disease may experience renal failure and must be carefully monitored if a physician feels lisinopril is necessary.
Taking lisinopril 10mg tablets may cause flu-like symptoms as a side effect. Mayo Clinic staff say you may feel chills, fever, a sore throat or headaches when taking lisinopril. You may also grow tired or feel nauseous.
During clinical trials lisinopril 10mg tablets caused swelling beneath the skin (angioedema) as a side effect. The RxList.com website states the condition was more severe with African-American subjects. The website also stated that African-American patients did not reflect as much blood pressure lowering effect from taking lisinopril as non-African-American patients showed.