Lisinopril is from a group of drugs called ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors. The common drug name is Prinivil and Zestril. Lisinopril works alone or in conjuction with other prescription drugs to loosen blood vessels so the heart can pump blood more efficiently. Lisinopril acts by decreasing the enzymes in your body that control blood pressure which tightens blood vessels. The more relaxed the vessels, the lower the blood pressure. It is mostly use to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure and to help recover from a heart attack. ACE inhibitors were synthetically designed from Brazilian pit viper venom. Talk about a natural drug to lower blood pressure.
What Are The Lisinopril Side Effects?
Since Lisinopril was designed from a natural source, it tends to be more stable chemically with fewer severe side effects. The most common side effects using Lisinopril are cough, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, heavy sweating and tiredness. The more serious side effects include chills which can be a sign of infection, chest pains, swelling of the joints or face, muscle cramps and yellowing of the skin.
Lisinopril is removed from the body through the kidneys, so if your urine is darker than normal, don’t freak out. Taking Lisinopril requires monitoring of your kidneys and liver to avoid any potential damage. In addition, it requires an adjustment in your diet to avoid large amounts of potassium. So by my estimates, in large concentrations, Lisinopril can be toxic to your body. The real concern is for women who are pregnant. Lisinopril is able to be passed to developing child and affect them negatively.
Off Label Use
This is the part of the prescription drug information that gets fuzzy and possibly dangerous. Listed above is the description of what Lisinopril can do for heart patients. Lisinopril has been used off-label, meaning without FDA approval, for patients to prevent kidney failure due to high blood pressure or diabetes.
As we know, kidneys are your body’s filter that clean your blood and remove excess fluid. By doing so, it helps regulate blood pressure and keep your blood clean. When your blood pressure increases, the blood vessels in your kidneys get damaged. This reduces the ability to filter and remove excess fluid. In turn, this increases blood pressure and causes more kidney damage. As you can see, this spiral can get out of control to the point of needing dialysis. So not only is high blood pressure bad for your heart, it is bad for your kidneys. Has a doctor prescribed Lisinopril for possible kidney damage?