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 1  Hypertension Sore muscles and joints, hard to fall asleep, strength of muscles, tingly feet, UTIs , sometimes balance, mild headache. Looking for anyone to recommend a drug that you take for hypertension that works and has minimum side effects. F 72 2 years
 1  To lower my blood pressure. This is my 2nd review. It has been 3.5 weeks since I went off lisinopril. Horrible going off this medication for me. I have recently been waking up with mild chest pains. Yesterday and today they were real bad. I almost went to the emergency room. I don't think I would be having these pains if I never went on and then went off lisinopril. My BP is around 155 over 105 which is not anything that would cause chest pains. Has anyone else here had mild chest pains after going off this medicine? I have never had chest pains before going on any BP medicines. I will be really upset if this medicine cause this. M 48 3 months
10 mg
 2  To lower my blood pressure. I got the cough for about a month. So out of three months of taking it, the cough happened in the middle month. It was really annoying but it went away. Peeing in the night was still there but not too bad. My penis will never be the same if I am on these blood pressure pills. Erections are not as hard when on this stuff. And I don't think my ejaculations are as strong. I never needed Viagra and I certainly don't wanna take another medication because of the side effects of Lisinopril. I am divorced and just looking to date now. I really don't wanna be worried about erections being there or not. What kind of 1st impression would that make. It is amazing. As soon as you stop taking the blood pressure medication, your erections come back stronger than ever. So there is definitely that wonderful side effect. At first this medicine did lower my blood pressure. BUT after a while it seems that my BP creeps up and the medicine is no longer effective any more. So why take a medicine that I am not responding to. I told my Primary physician that I am concerned about long term effects to kidneys, liver, and thyroid and they said that is why we test your blood to make sure that the medicine is not effecting them. Sorry but that does not sit well with me. I am not a lab rat. I know high BP is not something to be taken lightly but mine is not that high. I think I really have to lose weight and exercise and I will be fine. I just went off this drug...hate the withdrawals. You feel wierd. Your chest is like tight feeling. You feel like ur getting a headache. My ear hurt. I should have weeNed off it better. I stopped too abruptly. I was gonna renew but I am out of refills. They don't let u get more refills because the wanna see you and run blood tests aND maybe increase the dosage (which I will not allow). I wish there was a safe blood pressure drug. M 48 3 months
10 mg
 1  blood pressure I had severe stomach cramps, lightheaded dizzy, depression, anxiety attacks, sore throat, muscle pain and cramps, headaches, and fatigue, low libido and hair loss. this was horrible and I've been complaining for years and my last doctor took me off because I've been to the ER several times and he finally said your bp meds is probably whats causing you to feel bad..lets stop them and follow up n two weeks. I felt so much better after a week. it has horrible side effects F 46 3 years
5 mg
 2  HBP Stomach Spasms, Nausea, Muscle Aches, Headaches Started this drug at 20mg a day after not tolerating another ACE drug Perindopril and an allergic reaction to the next drug I tried Olmesartan. Have to say it did bring down my pressure but the side effects were not great for me. So dose was cut to 10mg a day, still the same and still worked at controlling the pressure. Then cut it down to 5mg a day and stayed on this dose for 2 weeks, it still controlled my pressure ok, but when I started getting incredible pain in both forearms and couldn't move them without pain in the wrists I discontinued and the muscle aches etc disappeared. I've now been put on 150mg of Avapro, so I'll see what happens with this one. Blood pressure pills, worse than the problem sometimes! M 64 6 weeks
1X D
 1  Type 1 Diabetes/kidney protection Severe Angioedema of my face especially my lips. Given for kidney protection as I have severe type 1 Diabetes secondary to Total Pancrectomy with Whipple surgery 3/14. Immediately after my huge surgery my urine output decreased with beginnings of hypertension so my Dr. explained he felt it was a good idea. I had horrible dryness in my throat the first week then it subsided and controlled the HTN up until the 6th wk when I had immediate swelling of my nose and lips. Very scary!! We switched to Cozaar and it isn't as good but I have less side effects at this time. I've been trying to see if I need to alert this manufacture of my SE. There have been a few reported deaths from airway closure. I think it's benefit to some must outweigh the few deaths. After my reaction my friend found herself also with angioedema and knew immediately what it was!! Happens a lot more than the companies want doctors to know. BEWARE. F 38 6 weeks
10 mg
 1  High blood pressure Within an hour after taking this medication (and I am not even exaggerating) I began to feel very light headed and just plain strange. My chest was very tight and I developed a horrible cough immediately that kept me up ALL night long! It was miserable! After spending the entire night coughing, I had to be to work @ 7am the next day - and I work in a NICU, so coughing and hacking all day did not go over well. I was miserable. Called dr and asked to be taken off of it immediately. She said to discontinue taking it and prescribed Losartan, so I guess I'll see how that goes. My cough was gone the very next day. Maybe this works for some, but that was the worst cough I've ever had. Very dry cough that would strike me randomly throughout the day and I would end up in an embarrassing coughing fit that I could not stop. Ugghh....never again. F 37 1 days
10mg 1X D
 3  BP control/protect kidneys for diab I ended up in the ER and admitted to the hospital after taking this for 4 yrs. I had swollen face and mouth and couldn't swallow. Found out it causes angioedema!! I almost died because my airway was closing up. Aside from that experience I had no trouble..but beware a severe adverse reaction of this drug is angioedema. I can never take ace inhibitor again. That is the class of meds it's is. F 36 4 years
 5  hypertension No ACE cough, good BP control, no ADE M 66 6 years
40 mg 1X D
 1  Hypertension This drug is like all prescription meds, A DISASTER! If you are interested in getting off of prescription meds, go to and learn how to get on natural supplements for any health issue, and get off of the deadly prescription meds you are on now! Peace M 50 6 years
 1  hypertension My mother, my significant other, one of my best friends ALL hallucinated on lisinopril. My significant other was locked up and drugged to death by psychiatrists who never took him slowly off the drug for a proper diagnosis. He was given 10 to 13 drugss per day with sudden changes until he died. I was able with doctor in agreement to take my mother slowly off that drug and she quit hallucinating. My friend went "off the deep end" psychologically before she died but had other major medical problems. I have a book that indicates that up to 6% of the patients taking ace inhibitors can have symptoms such as hallucinations. Most patients may not have this problem but I believe that results in the doctors not being aware when the connection for some patients does develop. If you have advanced age they will assume you have dementia and not see if it may be lisinopril or another drug causing the problems. Psychosis a definite possible risk. F 70
1X D
 5  High Blood pressure NONE Wonderful drug with zero side effects. F 59 15 years
10 1X D
 1  Mild High Blood Pressure Chest tightness; shortness of breath; fingers and feet were peeling/raw; I work out every day and could no longer complete an hours workout. Went to Dr. - left lung full of fluid - I had been taking the Lisinopril for 5 months and advised both the GP and the "pulmonary specialist" of this - only other med was Lipitor which I started at the same time. After having the fluid removed and all tests - blood, fluid, chest xray, ct scan etc coming back negative the "specialist" advised me to wait 6 weeks for another xray to see if the fluid returned. When I started experiencing the same symptoms I googled Lisinopril and Lung Fluid/Pleural Effusion and surprise - there it was - confirmed same with the pharmacist who printed out the list of adverse effects that included edema and pleural effusion. The "specialist" advised me the he couldn' find anything on this subject. I took myself off of the meds a month ago and altho I am feeling better I am still feeling I do not understand why the Drs do not have a standard protocol to check symptoms agains adverse reactions to meds that have been prescribed to patients. At this point, I do not trust the medical profession who no longer diagnoses - they wait for tests and then charge you for an office visit. F 60 5 months
10mg 1X D
 1  high blood pressure after 2 pills, with 24 hours between, I lost all impluse control and physically attacked my 19 y.o. daughter. It took a major sedative and literally 24 hours of sleep to become normal. My doctor had NEVER seen this and reported it to the FDA There were no drug interactions possible, as I was taking nothing else. This drug needs to be reviewed again by the FDA. It wouldn't surprise me that some test trails were "dropped" out by the mfgr before the FDA approved (a perfectly legal action by the drug companies.) BE CAREFUL M 55 2 days
lowest 1X D
 1  High blood pressure Headache, anxiety, hands and feet tingle will get ice cold and go numb, horrible tinitus, constant low grade fever, slight cough, wake up with unbearable body aches and pains...I mean I feel like an 90 year old man, joint pain, constant chest pain, depression and several other issues. Problems started about 7 days into treatment and I thought I was getting a cold. After 2 months of feeling horrible I started looking into what may be the cause...I never once thought that this tiny pill could cause so much grief. Not realizing the cause I continued taking this med and continued feeling bad. I ran out a d forgotten to refill the script for 10 days and noticed I began to feel better and thought the cold was final over. I refilled the script and within a week all those symps returned which is when I relized what was happening. For me...this med did lower my BP but the side effects are not worth it. It's all going in the trash. M 48 6 months
10mg daily
 3  Hypertension Tinnitus , hypotension For those with mild hypertension, you might want to look into Whey Whey protein high blood pressure seems Whey protein has a natural ACE inhibitor 53 1 years
2.5 2X D
 1  High Blood Pressure Muscle spasm and extreme joint pain, joint popping cracking, neck joint pain was extreme, neck felt swollen worse in the morning. Slight dry cough mostly at night when trying to sleep. Mild uncomfortable dizziness. Lowered blood pressure but not worth the side effects for me. F 48 3 weeks
5 mg 1X D
 1  lisinooril the worst cough, headache, back pain, foggy,tired, depressing, shortness of breath i dont care for this medication at all, i think it should be taking of the shelf M 45 6 months
20 mg 1X D
 1  High Blood Pressure Awful, hacking dry cough. This is a miserable medication. This cough is horrible, and i've been off for almost a week and it hasn't gone away. It's terrible F 52 2 weeks
5mg 1X D
 5  High Blood Pressure No noticeable side effects at all Blood pressure went from 160/100 down to as low as 117/70 always under 130/85 M 56 2 months
20mgs 1X D

PRINIVIL  (LISINOPRIL):  Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure and to improve survival after a heart attack. Lisinopril belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors. It works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)