What Is Lisinopril, and Can It Be Abused?
Table of Contents:
- Side Effects
- Health Risks
- Health Issues
- Mixing Other Drugs
- Long-Term Harm
- Help To Overcome Abuse
Lisinopril is the generic name for an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor prescription medication, first approved as the brand name Prinivil by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1986. The current popular brand name for lisinopril is Zestril, but there are several other brand names associated with this medication, which was originally developed by Merck. The FDA approved generic lisinopril for prescription use in 2002.
ACE inhibitors like lisinopril lower blood pressure, reducing heart damage and the risk of heart disease associated with damage to the blood vessels. It is specifically prescribed after a heart attack to improve survival and reduce the risk of future heart attacks. When not treated, high blood pressure can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, brain, and many other organs in the body. Lisinopril, combined with lifestyle changes like eating a healthier diet and exercising regularly, will reduce the risk of heart disease.
Side Effects from Lisinopril
Like any prescription drug, lisinopril can cause some side effects. If these are not monitored by a physician, they can become serious health risks, but typically, medications like lisinopril can be adjusted so side effects dissipate. Common side effects associated with lisinopril include:
- Runny nose
- Fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Nausea, vomiting, or digestive issues
Serious side effects can occur, especially if someone takes too much lisinopril for too long.
- Swelling in the face, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing, which can indicate a serious allergic reaction
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes due to liver damage)
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Chest pain