Lisinopril (Generic Zestril, Prinivil) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure in adults and children 6 years or older. Lisinopril can be used on its own or with other medications to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Hypertension causes your heart to work harder and damages arteries if it’s not treated. It can also cause damage to the blood vessels in your brain, heart, and kidneys. Lowering blood pressure can reduce your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Lisinopril is also prescribed after a heart attack to protect damaged or weakened heart muscles.
Men, women, and children age 6 and older can take this medication.
Women who are pregnant should not take lisinopril.
Lisinopril is generic for Zestril and Prinivil. It is FDA approved, and the FDA requires that all generic drugs have the same dosage form, strength, safety, and efficacy of brand-name counterparts.
How Lisinopril works
An ACE inhibitor that works by blocking chemicals that cause blood vessels to tighten. As it relaxes blood vessels, blood flows more smoothly, increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
After a heart attack, lisinopril can help the heart pump more efficiently and with less effort, especially if heart muscles are damaged or weakened.
Lisinopril is taken by mouth with or without food, usually once a day around the same time.
Common side effects of Lisinopril
Nausea, weakness, tingling feeling
Chest pain, irregular heartbeats
Loss of movement
Little or no urination
Swelling in the feet or ankles
Shortness of breath
Live problems (clay-colored stools, jaundice, upper stomach pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine)
Tell your doctor about all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements you take, especially:
Gold injections for arthritis
Insulin or diabetes medication
Organ transplant rejection medications
Lisinopril dosage information
Lisinopril tablet doses:
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.