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Prinivil (Lisinopril) belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure and Congestive Heart Failure.
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Prinivil (Lisinopril) belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure and Congestive Heart Failure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and helping the heart to pump blood that carries oxygen to the different parts of the body more efficiently. It is also used immediately after a Heart Attack in order to reduce the risk of having another heart attack.
Prinivil (Lisinopril) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Prinivil (Lisinopril) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Prinivil (Lisinopril) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Prinivil (Lisinopril) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Prinivil (Lisinopril), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Prinivil (Lisinopril) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Prinivil (Lisinopril) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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The recommended adult dose of Prinivil (Lisinopril) ranges from 2.5 mg to 40 mg daily, depending on the condition being treated. It is taken in one daily dose with or without food.
People who take other medications that lower blood pressure (e.g., diuretics) or people who have Kidney Disease may need lower doses. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects of the medication.
The dose of Prinivil (Lisinopril) for children is determined by the child's body weight. Children who weigh 20 to 50 kilograms should start with 2.5 mg once daily. This may be gradually increased to a daily dose of 20 mg. Children who weigh more than 50 kilograms should start with 5 mg taken once daily. This may be gradually increased to a daily dose of 40 mg.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Prinivil (Lisinopril) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Prinivil (Lisinopril) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Prinivil (Lisinopril). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Prinivil (Lisinopril) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Prinivil (Lisinopril).
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Each white, oval-shaped, compressed tablet, with code "MSD 19" on one side and scored on the other, contains 5 mg of Prinivil (Lisinopril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate, cornstarch, magnesium stearate, and mannitol. The splitting of Prinivil tablets is not advised.
Each light yellow, oval-shaped, compressed tablet, engraved "MSD 106" on one side and scored on the other, contains 10 mg of Prinivil (Lisinopril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate, cornstarch, iron oxide, magnesium stearate, and mannitol. The splitting of Prinivil tablets is not advised.
Each peach, oval-shaped, compressed tablet, engraved "MSD 207" on one side and scored on the other, contains 20 mg of Prinivil (Lisinopril). Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate, cornstarch, iron oxide, magnesium stearate, and mannitol. The splitting of Prinivil tablets is not advised.
Do not take Prinivil (Lisinopril) if you:
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There may be an interaction between Prinivil (Lisinopril) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Angioedema: Angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) may occur with the use of Prinivil (Lisinopril). If you experience swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, stop taking Prinivil (Lisinopril) at once and get immediate medical attention. Other medications in the class of medications known as ACE inhibitors should not be taken in the future. People who have had angioedema caused by other substances may be at increased risk of angioedema while receiving an ACE inhibitor.
Cough: People taking Prinivil (Lisinopril) may develop a dry, persistent cough that usually disappears only after stopping or lowering the Prinivil (Lisinopril) dose. Be sure to tell your doctor of any cough that does not seem to be related to a usual cause.
Diabetes: ACE inhibitors such as Prinivil (Lisinopril) may lead to Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, discuss with your doctor how Prinivil (Lisinopril) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Kidney function: Changes in kidney function have been seen for certain people (e.g., people with narrowed blood vessels in their kidneys, or those with severe congestive heart failure). The use of diuretics (water pills), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aliskiren may further increase risk of kidney problems for people already at risk for this problem. If you have reduced kidney function or kidney disease, including narrowing of the blood vessels in the kidneys, discuss with your doctor how Prinivil (Lisinopril) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Prinivil (Lisinopril), and whether any special monitoring is needed. If you have reduced kidney function, you may require lower doses of Prinivil (Lisinopril).
Liver function: Prinivil (Lisinopril) may reduce liver function and can cause liver failure. If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.
If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Prinivil (Lisinopril) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Prinivil (Lisinopril), and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Prinivil (Lisinopril).
Low blood pressure: Occasionally, blood pressure drops too low after taking Prinivil (Lisinopril). This usually happens after the first or second dose or when the dose is increased. It is more likely to occur for those who take water pills or the medication aliskiren, have a salt-restricted diet, are on dialysis, are suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, or have been sweating excessively and not drinking enough liquids. If low blood pressure causes you to faint or feel lightheaded, contact your doctor.
To reduce the risk of dizziness, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. If low blood pressure causes you to faint or feel lightheaded, contact your doctor.
Potassium levels: Increases in blood levels of potassium occur for some people who take Prinivil (Lisinopril). This rarely causes problems, but your doctor will likely want to monitor your potassium levels through blood tests. Avoid using salt substitutes that contain potassium while you are taking Prinivil (Lisinopril).
Reduced alertness: Prinivil (Lisinopril) may cause drowsiness or dizziness, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a dose increase. This can affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you have determined how Prinivil (Lisinopril) affects you.
Pregnancy: ACE inhibitors such as Prinivil (Lisinopril) may cause severe harm or death to the developing baby if taken by the mother during pregnancy.
This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Prinivil (Lisinopril), stop taking Prinivil (Lisinopril) immediately and contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: Prinivil (Lisinopril) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Prinivil (Lisinopril), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of Prinivil (Lisinopril) for children less than 6 years of age have not been established. Prinivil (Lisinopril) is not recommended for this age group. Prinivil (Lisinopril) may be used by children more than 6 years old to reduce blood pressure.
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