Prinivil is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. Prinivil is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. This medication may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.
Dosage and direction
Take this medication by mouth, usually once a day or as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. The recommended adult dose of Lisinopril ranges from 2.5 mg to 40 mg daily, depending on the condition being treated.
Before taking Lisinopril, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, benazepril); or if you have any other allergies (including an allergic reaction after exposure to certain membranes used for blood filtering). Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, high blood levels of potassium, severe dehydration (and loss of electrolytes such as sodium), blood vessel disease (e.g., collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, scleroderma). This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
This drug can cause serious (possibly fatal) harm to an unborn baby if used during pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control while taking this medication. If you are planning a pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a history of an allergic reaction which included swelling of the face/lips/tongue/throat (angioedema).
Possible side effects
You may experience headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea, diarrhoea, dry cough or blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, decreased sexual ability, chest pain. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine, vision changes, signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat).
Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. The following medications may affect how lisinopril works or increase the risk of side effects: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs; e.g., ibuprofen, indomethacin, naproxen) diuretics (water pills) potassium-sparing diuretics (e.g., spironolactone, amiloride, triamterene) medications that increase potassium levels (e.g., potassium supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium) medications that lower blood pressure (e.g., beta-blockers) The following medications may be affected by lisinopril or increase the risk of side effects: lithium
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a Prinivil overdose may include feeling extremely dizzy or light-headed or fainting.
Store tablets at room temperature away from light and moisture. Storage temperature ranges differ according to different manufacturers, so consult your pharmacist for more information. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed.