HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

Lisinopril a Popular High Blood Pressure Treatment

Lisinopril a Popular High Blood Pressure Treatment, Most common side effect of Lisinopril is dry cough. It can cause birth defects in the newly born babies if the mother takes the drug while pregnant

Lisinopril a Popular High Blood Pressure Treatment

 

Trade names of Lisinopril are Zestril, Prinivil. 

Hypertension is often known as the ‘silent killer’ as there are no prior symptoms to it and the people only come to know, that they have hypertension, when the doctor himself checks it and in the meantime the disease already develops to a large extent. Stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases occur as a result of the weakening of the heart and the chances of the split of the arteries, increase as the time passes, during hypertension. It is thought that there are many more people around the world who have this disease but are unaware of it.

Blood vessels are tightened by a compound known as Angiotensin II, which increases the blood pressure and is produced by ACE. It means any blood pressure drug like ACE inhibitors must work by inhibiting the ACE, and this is exactly what is done by the Lisinopril. Production of the Angiotensin II is stopped by the Lisinopril, which causes the relaxing of the blood vessels, decreasing blood pressure and hence the load on the heart decreases and it has to work less hard.

There are many side effects associated with the drug and hence it must be used with caution and only after the prescription by a doctor. Most common side effect of Lisinopril is dry cough. It can cause birth defects in the newly born babies if the mother takes the drug while pregnant and the Lisinoprin can pass on to the baby through the breast milk and hence must not be taken by the breast feeding women. Those who take this medicine might experience feel light headed, fainting, fatigue, gaining weight, change in the frequency of urination, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea and skin itching. The medicine can be taken with food or without food. It is available in tablet form with 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg dosage strengths, and must be taken with a full glass of water.

 



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