Lisinopril
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Lisinopril

Medication features

  • ACE inhibitor
  • Helps to treat high blood pressure & heart failure
  • Helps pump blood around the body

Overview

Order Lisinopril Blood Pressure Tablets Online

Our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service allows you to order lisinopril tablets online. When ordering the medicine, you must complete an online medical consultation for our doctors to review. If our doctors decide it is safe and suitable to prescribe the medicine, they will send a prescription to our pharmacy team. The pharmacy team will then dispatch it to your address.

Please note, this medication can only be prescribed as an emergency supply of your repeat prescription. You should receive a regular supply of this medication from your GP. Some people take more than one type of blood pressure medicine. If you would like to order an emergency request of all of your blood pressure medicines, you just need to fill out a consultation for each one.

What is Lisinopril?

Lisinopril is a medicine used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also prescribed for people with diabetic kidney disease and heart failure. Lisinopril is a type of medicine called an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor). It is only available on prescription.

How does it work?

ACE is the name of an enzyme in the body that is responsible for narrowing blood vessels. By narrowing blood vessels, ACE causes blood pressure to increase. 

Lisinopril works by blocking ACE. Blocking this enzyme causes blood vessels to relax and widen. This makes it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body and reduces blood pressure.

Left untreated for a long time, high blood pressure increases the risk of serious conditions like kidney disease, heart attacks,, heart failure, strokes, and heart disease.

Taking blood pressure medicines like lisinopril is important because, by reducing your blood pressure, they reduce your risk of developing the above problems.

Another way to reduce your blood pressure is to make lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes that can lower blood pressure include limiting salt intake, reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

Stop smoking treatments and weight-loss aids are available from our online doctor service. 

A blood pressure check tells you your systolic pressure (higher number) and diastolic pressure (lower number). You can have a blood pressure reading at a local pharmacy or at your GP surgery. Alternatively, some people buy their own blood pressure monitor to check their blood pressure at home.

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Dose

Lisinopril tablets are available in strengths of 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg.

The starting lisinopril dosage for hypertension is usually 10mg once daily. This can be gradually increased until it is effective at reducing your blood pressure. The maximum dose is 80mg once daily. Your doctor will decide the most appropriate dose for you and you should take it exactly as your doctor tells you.

It can be taken at any time of the day but it should be taken around the same time every day.

Lisinopril Summary

Dose

2.5-20mg taken ONCE daily. Dose strength decided by a doctor

Mechanism

Widens blood vessels allowing blood to flow at a lower pressure.

Available Strengths

2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg & 20mg

Active Ingredient

Lisinopril

Price

all doses from £10.99

Side Effects

Can include dizziness, low blood pressure, a persistent dry cough, headache

Alternatives

There are many types of drugs used to lower blood pressure such as: 

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Calcium-channel blockers (CCBs)
  • Beta blockers
  • Diuretics (like thiazide diuretics)
  • Angiotensin-2 receptor blockers (ARBs)

Examples of other ACE inhibitors include enalapril, perindopril, ramipril, and captopril.

FAQ

What is lisinopril used for?

Lisinopril is a medicine used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It can also be used to treat diabetic kidney disease and heart failure. 

It lowers blood pressure by widening blood vessels and allowing easier blood flow. By doing so, it reduces your risk of developing serious health problems in the future like heart attacks or strokes.

Is lisinopril an ACE inhibitor?

Yes, lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors are often used in the treatment of people diagnosed with high blood pressure.

What are the side effects of lisinopril?

Common lisinopril side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • A persistent dry cough
  • Low blood pressure
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting

This is not a full list of side effects. For further information on side effects, see the patient information leaflet.

What should I avoid while taking lisinopril?

The only food or drink you need to avoid with lisinopril are salt substitutes such as Lo-Salt. These contain high levels of potassium and when taken with lisinopril, potassium levels in the body may become too high.

How quickly does lisinopril lower blood pressure?

It may take a few weeks for lisinopril to have a full effect on your blood pressure. It can start to work within a few hours of taking a dose and some people will find the first dose lowers their blood pressure too much and makes them dizzy.

Does lisinopril make you gain weight?

Lisinopril does not cause weight gain as a side effect.

Can I order lisinopril online?

Simple Online Pharmacy allows you to order lisinopril blood pressure tablets (UK) online. Before you complete your order, you must fill in our online medical assessment. This allows our doctors to make sure lisinopril is safe and suitable to prescribe for you. If approved, a prescription is sent to be dispensed by our pharmacy team. 

To order lisinopril from our online doctor service, you must already be prescribed this medicine by your GP.

Content Reviewed: 20/10/2020

Side Effects

With any medication you take, there is always a risk of side effects occurring. Some are more common than others, and often side effects may subside after regularly taking the medicine. If the side effects do not subside, you should report them to your doctor or pharmacist or to us. Common lisinopril side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • A persistent dry cough
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

With lisinopril, coughing is a common side effect and it can bother many patients. In these cases, the patient is often switched from an ACE inhibitor to an ARB (e.g. losartan).

Lisinopril may cause more rare, but serious, side effects. Examples include:

  • Allergic reactions (signs include swelling of the tongue, lips, and face)
  • Liver problems (signs include yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Signs of a heart problem (such as chest pain, a faster heart beat)

This is not a full list of serious side effects. For further information on side effects, see the patient information leaflet. If you notice any serious side effects, stop taking it and seek medical attention immediately.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Other conditions and lisinopril

Lisinopril may not be safe to take for some people. Do not take it if:

  • You are more than 3 months pregnant
  • You or a family member have ever had an allergic reaction to an ACE inhibitor
  • You are allergic to lisinopril or any of the ingredients in the tablets

It may not be suitable for other people to take such as people with liver or kidney problems. More information can be found in the patient information leaflet. If you are unsure if lisinopril is safe for you to take, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions with other medicines

Various medicines can interact with lisinopril. This may change the effectiveness of one or both medicines or cause side effects. Examples of interacting medicines include:

  • ARB medicines for blood pressure
  • Aliskiren
  • Nitrate medicines
  • Lithium
  • Potassium supplements
  • Medicines that increase blood potassium levels (e.g. spironolactone)
  • Certain medicines that modify your immune system

This is not a complete list of medicines that can interact with lisinopril. See the patient information leaflet for more detailed information.

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