What is Cipril (Lisinopril) used for?
Cipril (Lisinopril) is an oral ACE inhibitor used to treat patients suffering from high blood pressure. The medication widens blood vessels throughout the body to increase circulation and reduce the amount of work required by the heart. This may also make it useful for treating mild heart failure or to improve the chances of survival immediately following a heart attack. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Cipril (Lisinopril)?
Cipril (Lisinopril) is normally administered once each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will be determined by the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed whole and unaltered with a large glass of water. They may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal is recommended if you get an upset stomach. Never split, crush, or chew the tablets before use to avoid destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication prior to use to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Cipril (Lisinopril)?
Some patients using Cipril (Lisinopril) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include faintness, unusual swelling, flu symptoms, psoriasis, chest pain, urinary retention, muscle weakness, or high levels of potassium. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the correct changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not use Cipril (Lisinopril) if you are pregnant, allergic to ACE inhibitors, if the patient being treated is a child, if you have angioneurotic edema, or a history of swelling after taking similar medications. Also inform your physician if you are elderly, undergoing therapy to reduce allergic sensitivity, if you have severe heart failure, athersclerosis, low fluid volume in the body, low sodium levels, renal artery stenosis, hypotension, aortic stenosis, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, diabetes, or reduced kidney function. These conditions may lead to unexpected problems requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Cipril (Lisinopril). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.