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Zestril Blood Pressure Medication: Benefits and Side Effects You Should Know

By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 09:04 PM

Zestril is one brand name for the blood pressure medication lisinopril.

The oral drug is an angiotensin converting enzyme, or ACE, inhibitor that is also prescribed for congestive heart failure and survivors of a heart attack.

Zestril relaxes blood vessels for more efficient blood flow to treat high blood pressure, WebMD explains. The blood pressure medication is also prescribed for diabetics to protect the kidneys.

The benefits usually take about two to four weeks to feel the full effects. WebMD notes that patients should continue to take the blood pressure drug even if feeling well. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms and doesn’t cause people to experience illness.

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Severe allergic reactions from Zestril require patients to seek emergency medical help. They may include:
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Swelling that occurs in the face, tongue, lips, or throat

Other serious side effects include:
  • A feeling of lightheadedness or possibly fainting
  • Little or no urination
  • Nausea, weakness, loss of movement, or unusual heart rate from high potassium
  • Urination difficulties or pain while urinating, swelling of the feet, fatigue, or shortness of breath from kidney problems
  • Nausea, stomach pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, jaundice or yellowing of the skin, or dark colored stools from liver problems.

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Common side effects may cause:
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain

Alcohol consumption may increase the risk of side effects and lower blood pressure from the blood pressure drug.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is recommended when taking Zestril blood pressure medication, RxList reports. Dehydration could cause blood pressure to drop too much, potentially causing electrolyte imbalances and renal failure.

In addition to dehydration, a lack of fluids can expose Zestril users to overheating and heat stroke, according to Drugs.com.

Zestril should not be taken when pregnant, so patients who become pregnant while taking the blood pressure medication should notify their doctor. The Food and Drug Administration warns that Zestril is toxic and potentially fatal to fetuses.

If side effects become bothersome or cause serious reactions, a doctor can prescribe a different blood pressure medication, depending on a patient’s particular condition.

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