In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02217503 ||APO-LISINOPRIL TABLET 10 MG|
|02217511 ||APO-LISINOPRIL TABLET 20 MG|
|02217538 ||APO-LISINOPRIL TABLET 40 MG|
|02217481 ||APO-LISINOPRIL TABLET 5 MG|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Lisinopril belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and helping the heart to pump blood that carries oxygen to the different parts of the body more efficiently. It is also used immediately after a heart attack in order to reduce the risk of having another heart attack.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of lisinopril ranges from 2.5 mg to 40 mg daily, depending on the condition being treated. It is taken in one daily dose with or without food.
People who take other medications that lower blood pressure (e.g., diuretics) or people who have kidney disease may need lower doses. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects of the medication.
The dose of lisinopril for children is determined by the child's body weight. Children who weight 20 to 50 kilograms should start with 2.5 mg once daily. This may be gradually increased to a daily dose of 20 mg. Children who weigh more than 50 kilograms should start with 5 mg taken once daily. This may be gradually increased to a daily dose of 40 mg.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pink, oval, biconvex tablet engraved "APO" over "L5" on one side and scored on the other side, contains 5 mg lisinopril. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide and orange shade, lactose and zinc stearate.
Each pink, oval, biconvex tablet engraved "APO" over "L10" on one side contains 10 mg lisinopril. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide and orange shade, lactose and zinc stearate.
Each deep pink, oval, biconvex tablet engraved "APO" over "L20" on one side contains 20 mg lisinopril. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide and orange shade, lactose and zinc stearate.
Each yellow, round, biconvex tablet engraved "APO" over "40" on one side contains 40 mg lisinopril. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ferric oxide and orange shade, lactose and zinc stearate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take lisinopril if you:
- are allergic to lisinopril or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to another ACE inhibitor (e.g., captopril, enalapril, quinapril, ramipril)
- are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
- has a history of angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, ramipril)
- have been diagnosed with hereditary angioedema
- have high blood pressure in the blood vessels leading to the kidneys
- are taking aliskiren, and
- have diabetes
- kidney disease
- high levels of potassium
- congestive heart failure with low blood pressure
- are taking a medication in the class of angiotensin receptor blockers (e.g., irbesartan, losartan, valsartan)
- are taking another angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (e.g., captopril, lisinopril, ramipril)