While Lisinopril is very effective at reducing high blood pressure and helping the heart recover from cardiac arrest, it can poorly react when combined with alcohol.

Lisinopril works by lowering your blood pressure through the relaxation of your blood vessel muscles. The relaxation of blood vessels is ideal for treating various heart conditions and hypertension, but when you combine it with alcohol, the effects can be disastrous. That is because alcohol lowers your blood pressure as well, so your blood pressure could become dangerously low.

When you combine these two drugs (alcohol is technically a drug), it acts in a similar way to taking a double dose or more of Lisinopril. Since your blood pressure can become extremely low, it can worsen the potential side effects of Lisinopril. So common side effects can become exacerbated, and your risk for experiencing the more severe side effects increases.

You may suffer from severe nausea, headaches and dizziness as a result of the combination, and you will be at higher risk for extreme weight gain, fainting, chest pain, psoriasis and flu symptoms.

If you would like to drink while taking this drug, it is imperative to talk to your doctor. You may be in relatively good health in which case the doctor may allow you to drink small amounts of alcohol while taking the drug. However, you will need to drink in moderation and follow the doctor’s advice precisely to avoid any serious health risks.