Lisinopril

generic for Prinivil

Lisinopril Side Effects

Dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, or headache may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Dry cough may also occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat).

Although lisinopril may be used to prevent kidney problems or treat people who have kidney problems, it may also rarely cause serious kidney problems or make them worse. Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking lisinopril. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of kidney problems such as a change in the amount of urine.

Lisinopril may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver problems. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, such as: nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
  • diabetes mellitus
  • SIADH syndrome
  • gout
  • hyponatremia
  • hyperkalemia
  • hemolytic anemia
  • bone marrow depression
  • thrombocytopenic disorder
  • leukopenia
  • neutropenic disorder
  • eosinophilia
  • leukocytosis
  • acute confusion
  • mood changes
  • photophobia
  • diplopia
  • blurred vision
  • visual changes
  • tinnitus
  • orthostatic hypotension
  • hypotension
  • laryngeal edema
  • xerostomia
  • constipation
  • acute hepatic failure
  • hepatitis
  • obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
  • acute pancreatitis
  • acute renal failure
  • erectile dysfunction
  • skin photosensitivity
  • toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • erythema
  • psoriasis
  • pruritus of skin
  • alopecia
  • urticaria
  • arthritis
  • arthralgia
  • hallucinations
  • syncope
  • vertigo
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • dysgeusia
  • parosmia
  • ataxia
  • skin rash
  • flushing
  • headache disorder
  • cough
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • flatulence
  • diarrhea
  • abnormal hepatic function tests
  • anaphylaxis
  • angioedema
  • paresthesia
  • general weakness
  • intestinal angioedema
  • head and neck angioedema
  • cutaneous pseudolymphoma

Drug Interactions

See also Precautions section.

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug are: aliskiren, certain drugs that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as everolimus, sirolimus), lithium, drugs that may increase the level of potassium in the blood (such as ARBs including losartan/valsartan, birth control pills containing drospirenone), sacubitril.

Some products have ingredients that could raise your blood pressure or worsen your heart failure. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen).

A very serious reaction may occur if you are getting injections for bee/wasp sting allergy (desensitization) and are also taking lisinopril. Make sure all your doctors know which medicines you are using.