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Medication to Treat High Blood Pressure and Heart Failure

High blood pressure: – If your blood pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90, or higher, over a number of weeks, it is considered as high blood pressure. This puts an extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. The situation increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Lisinopril is an inexpensive drug. It is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

How do Lisinopril works?

Lisinopril belongs to the class of drugs called as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It inhibits the productions of a certain natural substance known as ACE. Thus there is less production of angiotensin that is responsible for the tightening of the blood vessel.

The above drugs help to widen your blood vessels. Thus blood vessels then allow increased the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. This causes the blood pressure to fall down.

How to take Lisinopril?

Lisinopril comes in the form of a tablet. It is available in various strength 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. The dosage depends on certain conditions like.

  1. Age.
  2. How severe is your condition?
  3. What other medicines do you take?
  4. Your response to the first dose.

Recommended dosage: –

  • Adult: – usual dose 2.5 mg to 10 mg/ day.
  • Maximum dose- 40 mg/day.
  • Children (>6 years) –07 mg/kg in a day.

The doctor may start with a low dose. It may be increased over a few weeks to a usual dose. You can take the medicine with or without food.

What are the uses of Lisinopril?

  1. Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
  2. Prescribed after a heart attack.
  3. Slows down diabetic kidney disease.
  4. Helps to prevent future stroke & heart attacks.
  5. Improves your survival after a recent heart attack or heart failure.
  6. It can be combined with other medications for better effect. They are called hydrochlorothiazide.
  7. Makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.

What are the precautions in taking Lisinopril?

  • It is always good to take precautions in case of a certain condition. Ask or inform your doctor if you have/are,
  • Allergic to above medicine or other drugs of the same class.
  • Any other allergies.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Diabetes
  • Angioedema
  • Heart or blood vessel problems.
  • Liver problems.
  • Fluid imbalance.
  • Electrolyte imbalance.
  • The drug will not cure but it helps to control your blood pressure. So continue to take medicine.
  • Adequate studies are not available to use in children less than 6 years, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Cost of Lisinopril (Generic & Brand)

Lisinopril is available as a cheap generic drug. It shows the same effect as brand ones. Brand drugs are costlier. Their cost increase due to many reasons. They include expenditure on advertising the brand name, research & development. Packaging and pricing of goods also add to the cost of the brand drugs. Generic medicines do not include this expenditure. This allows us to spend cheap generic medicine to our customer.

  • Cost of generic Lisinopril.

Quantity        strength        price        per unit cost

30 tabs           2.5 mg            $ 6                  $0.2

30 tabs           5 mg               $ 12                $ 0.4

30 tabs          10 mg              $ 20                $ 0.67

  • Cost of Brand Zestril.

Each pack of 30 tablets of strength 2.5 mg, 5 mg & 10 mg costs $ 416.55, per unit cost is $ 13.89.