Lisinopril Dosage (5mg, 10mg, 20mg) Side Effects

Lisinopril is an effective high blood pressure medicine and commonly used by patients who have survived after a heart attack. Lisinopril is an ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme). Lisinopril is easily available in 5mg, 10mg and 20mg dosage. You can take it with or without taking food. It should be stored away from moisture and heat. Never increase or decrease the dosage without consulting the doctor. Use of this medicine is strictly prohibited for pregnant ladies and diabetic people.

Lisinopril Dosage

Lisinopril Dosage should be taken in correct amount, otherwise it may be harmful for your health. Its 5mg, 10mg ans 20mg tablets are available in market. Its dosage should be appropriate according to your type of disease and age. Lisinopril Dosage mentioned here are just an estimated value based on normally prescribed values. But we strongly recommend you to get a prescription from a good doctor before taking this medicine.

Lisinopril Dosage for Adults (Hypertension)

Initial Dosage: 10 mg (OD) Once a Day.
Normal Dosage: 20 to 40 mg (OD) Once a Day.

Lisinopril Dosage for Old People (Hypertension)

Initial Dosage: 2.5 to 5 mg (OD) Once a Day.
Increase at 2.5 to 5 mg/day increments after every one or two weeks.
Maximum dose: 40 mg/day.

Lisinopril Dosage for Children (Hypertension)

For children upto 6 years of age:
Initial dose: 0.07 mg/kg of body weight OD (once daily).
Maximum initial dose is 5 mg (OD) Once a Day
Maintenance dose: Dosage should be adjusted according to BP (blood pressure) response after every one or two weeks.
Maximum dose: Doses above 0.61 mg/kg or greater than 40 mg have not been studied in pediatric patients.

Usual Adult Dose for Congestive Heart Failure

Initial dose: 5 mg orally OD (once daily). (If patient is diuretic, then the diuretic dose should be reduced).
Maintenance dose: 5 to 20 mg orally  OD (once daily).

Usual Adult Dose for Myocardial Infarction:

Initial dose: 5 mg orally (within 24 hours of the onset of acute myocardial infarction).
Subsequent doses: 5 mg orally after 24 hours.
10 mg orally after 48 hours.
Maintenance dose: 10 mg orally  OD (once daily). This dose should continue for 42 days, i.e 6 weeks.

Patients with a low systolic blood pressure (<=120 mm Hg) should must consult a doctor before taking Lisinopril.

Usual Adult Dose for Diabetic Nephropathy

Initial dose: 10 to 20 mg orally  OD (once daily).
Maintenance dose: 20 to 40 mg orally  OD (once daily).

Lisinopril Side Effects

Sometimes Lisinopril may cause some serious side effects. Thats why the initial dosage is kept low for all type of patients. Even you you feel some allergic reactions the don't hesitate in consulting your doctor immediately. 
Some of these side effects may be difficulty in breathing, severe stomach pain, swelling on your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor immediately if you face any of the following side effects:
  • A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; 
  • swelling, rapid weight gain
  • fever, chills, body aches( flu symptoms)
  • tired feeling, muscle weakness
  • Slow heart rate, weak pulse
  • Less or no urination
  • Uneven heartbeats 
  • psoriasis (raised, silvery flaking of the skin)
  • chest pain
  • Muscle weakness, Tingly feeling 

Common lisinopril side effects may include depressed mood, headache, mild skin itching, upset stomach and Cough.

Precautions before using Lisinopril

  • Pregnant ladies should not use Lisinopril as it may harm unborn kid. If you are already using Lisinopril and got the good news of getting pregnant then immediately stop taking it and consult your doctor.
  • Lisinopril is also not prescribed to diabetic people as it may react with some salts present in the medicines used by diabetic patients.
  • Kidney patients should also avoid using it.
  • Consult your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
  • If you are going to be operated for some thing, they you may need to stop taking Lisinopril for some time.
  • Don't use liquor while you are on Lisinopril as it may lower your Blood Pressure to a dangerous level.
If you miss a dose then don't double you next dose. Its better to skip a missed dose.

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