Las Vegas, NVMany prescription drugs are as common as aspirin; it's no wonder that many consumers don't read warning labels or consider that a medication could be associated with side effects. Take Lisinopril, for instance. It is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the US, and it also has the potential to harm a lot of people.
Specifically, Lisinopril (brand names include Prinivil and Zestril) is the third most-prescribed drug in the US, according to WebMD Health News (April 20, 2011), with 87.4 million prescriptions filled last year. And to make sure that Lisinopril consumers keep taking the blood pressure drug, in August 23, 2011, Publix Pharmacy offered free 30-day supplies of generic Lisinopril to customers with a prescription for the medication. It is questionable how many Lisinopril customers know of the potential risks, including its link to liver damage.
Jose, who took Lisinopril for more than a decade, knows only too well the damage that Lisinopril can cause. "I was diagnosed with hepatocellular injury and my liver enzymes were elevated," he says. "I asked my physician what was causing the elevation and he said it's just normal because it is more important to protect my heart."
However, protecting your liver is also important. In Jose's case, several laboratory tests indicated abnormal results. "They showed elevated total protein, globulin, albumin, A/G ratio, altase, maltase, SGPT and SGOT, to name a few," says Jose, who is thinking about discontinuing Lisinopril, but not before talking with his doctor.
Hepatocellular injury is one of four major types of liver injury, including autoimmune, cholestatic and infiltrative. The US National Institute of Health states that "A hepatocellular pattern is marked by isolated or predominant elevations of serum transaminases," and the first step in the evaluation of elevated transaminases should include a complete history in order to identify the most common causes of liver injury including alcohol, hepatitis B and C, celiac disease, hemochromatosis, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
But Jose doesn't drink, nor has he ever had hepatitis or the other conditions associated with liver injury. But another common cause of acute liver failure is an idiosyncratic reaction to medication, which can include Lisinopril.
"Three months after I started taking Lisinopril I experienced several changes to my system," adds Jose, "and I will never forget what my physician told me. He said that 'Most of these changes are due to the effects of your medication and it is just normal.' But how normal are these changes? I experienced high elevation of the liver enzymes (and there is no family history of liver disease) and glucose elevation (again, my family doesn't have a history of diabetes). I also gained 30 pounds, I still have constant headaches and muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, vertigo, and decreased libido (and I was divorced, thanks to the latter side effect). But mainly I am concerned about the damage to my liver.
"I firmly believe Lisinopril is the culprit because I wasn't taking any other medications. And then when I read online about Lisinopril, I did some further research, and there you go, I saw the adverse effects and I experienced most of them. But it shouldn't come as such a surprise because we all know that drugmakers often lie??"of course they want to make profits even if it means hiding their discoveries. Do you think they care about us? I don't think so. That's why they should be punished, and that's why I am joining a Lisinopril lawsuit."
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Posted by Mark Ryan
Remember, the old blood pressure recommendation was 100+ your age. They changed the standards at least twice since then. Why??? To sell all of these cardio medications.IMHO!
Now it is 05/2018, 4 years after I stopped taking Lisinopril.
I am still fatigued and now the liver issue that came up within months of taking Lisinopril appears to be coming back.
I have pains in my kidney area and ever so often tingling in my legs. Libido dropped significantly.
Significant weight gain and it is very difficult to lose the weight.
This is what happened to me after taking Lisinopril in 2014 for about 3 months.
For the first time in my life I had abnormal liver test results.
I was severely fatigued, sleepy and extremely tired.
For the first time in my life I lost my job costing me about $100,000 a year.
For the first time in my life I was taken off of a project.
For the first time in my life, I experienced multiple falls, I fell while walking down the stairs to the parking garage, the only time I ever fell on the stairs that I had been using for 3 years prior to taking lisinopril.
For the first time in my life I fell asleep at work while on a conference call, in the morning around 8:00 AM after a full nights sleep.
For the first time in my life I consistently awoke tired.
I had less than a 10 minute drive to work and I was now having a hard time staying awake during the drive to work in the morning.
To this day, I do not have the same level of energy I had before I took lisinopril.
PS: I think this drug killed my father!
Posted by Greg
I have been taking Lisinopril for years at 20 mg. and for the last few years 40 mg. I have a raspy cough in the lungs from time to time and am congested upper respiratory most all the time.
Posted by Robert berger
Has anyone had blood in urine from this drug? I had it bad for one day but have experienced terrible fatigue and poor sleep, nausea, my food all tastes funny,etc etc etc. Have been on 10 mg per day for only 3 weeks .
Posted by Mary Pulley
Was on Lisinopril 20 mg for about a year. Started having lip swelling about 3 months ago. Went to doctor and was told it was a reaction from the Lisinopril and he took me off of it. It's only been 4 days since I've been off it. so glad it wasn't worse than the lip swelling after reading some of the others reaction from the Lisinopril.
Posted by Vickie Taylor
I took linsopril for about six months and I felt as though I couldn't breath at night. I didn't know what was going on and on Christmas Day I woke up and my lips were swollen. I went to the emergency room and they said I was having an allegic reaction.
Posted by Carl Williams
On Nov 15, 2017 at 2:30am I was at work and I felt my top lip starting to tingle, at first I thought I was getting a fever bluster so I went to the bathroom and look in the mirror and was blown away when I say the left side of my lip was swelling rapidly. After about 15 minutes of looking at myself in the mirror I went back to my desk and started back to work. I kept rubbing my lip and notice that is was getting even bigger and now started to get numb. I went back in the bathroom and say now that my whole top lip was swollen. I immediately call my supervisor and told her that I had to close down the building and I was headed to the ER. I drove myself to the ER and registered and was quickly seen by a receptionist and she immediately asked me was I on blood pressure medicine and if it was Lisinopril. I was surprised by her statement and asked if this was common and she said yes, but I was lucky because only my lip had swollen. She said that most cause involve the tongue and throat. They took my vitals, gave me a subscription for some steroids and allergy medication and sent me on my way. My symptoms lasted about 12 hours so I was one of the lucky ones with just the lip swollen. They changed my blood pressure pills and told me now that I am allergic to all (ACE) inhibitors that I had been take for the past 4 to 5 years. Seems like everyone knew about the side effects of the allergic reactions but me. Never will take them again.
Posted by John Terczak
On Monday Sept. 3rd 2017 I was having a routinely happy go lucky day and was home alone around 3-4 pm. It’s worth noting that I’ve never been allergic to ANYTHING in my entire life. On that day (3rd) I took my regular Lisinopril prescribed medications like I always have done for the last 6-7 years at the same time of day as I usually have done. Five minutes later my tongue began to swell and my throat air channel began to shrink. Two minutes later my tongue swelled completely out of my mouth. Within another minute I was having difficulty breathing through my mouth & nose. I looked in the mirror and said to myself “mother fu#@*, you’re about to die”. At that point I jumped on my motorcycle and drove to an emergency room which just happened to be 1-1/2 miles from my house. Two minutes after I walked into that emergency room I was placed on a table, given a sedative and had the equivalent of a surgical garden hose shoved down my mouth into my lungs. As I was going under I asked the doctor if I’m going to remember any of this and he responded with “probably not”. Three or four days later,I was awoke (tied to a bed – both hands) by a couple of doctors and medics. They told me that they had good news for me. They said “you had a rare allergic reaction to Lisinopril and it looks like you’re going to live”. I agreed that it was good news. I also learned that I would have died if I had arrived at the hospital five or eight minutes or so later because I would have passed out from lack of oxygen while driving the motorcycle on my way there. I had been transferred to a specialty hospital and was in the intensive care unit where I remained for a total of 11 days. As part of the treatment I was receiving during those first three or four sedated days I was put on a IV drip for liquid food but was not allowed to consume any food or water. I was out cold for those first three or four days so it really didn’t make any difference to me at the time. I was then told that I would have to remain completely restrained in the bed (for my own safety) and still could not have any food or water and they would monitor my recovery and let me know when I could be allowed to have a liquid diet. Two to three days later they began giving me liquid foods and some soft foods like yogurt but only loosened my hand restraints enough so that I could consume the liquid/soft foods and would then immediately tighten them back to zero mobility. After 3-4 more days of this they came in and told me that they had good news for me. They were transferring me out of the intensive care unit and moving me to another floor and that I was going to be put on a regular unrestricted hospital food diet. Obviously, I was thrilled. What they didn’t tell me was that I was going to continue to be completely restrained in my bed for the remainder of my hospital stay except for when I needed to eat. I was in that hospital 21 days and the restraints were removed the day before I was released. Of course I’m grateful and lucky to be alive today. I could not walk when released from the hospital without a walker. Walking was initially painful and weak. It’s been about three weeks since I was released. At no time was I ever warned by my prescribing doctors of any side effects and there are no warnings (zero) on the prescription package itself, which I’m presently in possession of.
My diagnosis was Angioedema reaction to Lisinopril: The bad news is that some people are susceptible to a potentially lethal complication of ACE inhibitors called angioedema. In this condition tissues around the face and neck can swell rapidly. Without immediate emergency treatment angioedema can be life threatening. The symptoms can surface within a few hours or days after starting on the drug. But even people who have been on an ACE inhibitor for months or years can develop angioedema.
I’m in the process of obtaining a CD rom of all of my medical reports, treatments etc. , which I was told could amount to thousands of pages.
Posted by David Manson
Six months after my last post, my most recent blood test results are in. The kidney dysfunction I was experiencing while taking Lisinopril has subsided and my kidney function has almost returned to the normal range! I am now taking Metoprolol which has not been as effective at controlling blood pressure levels as Lisinopril, but the doctor increased the dosage with better success. Fewer side effects except that triglyceride levels with metoprolol shot thru the normal range after being under control all of my life. Glad I'm off of Lisinopril but hoping my body adjusts to the current medication. Always a risk/reward balance in everything we take.
Posted by Spuffler
Prescribed Lisinopril. Slight cough? I'm a pharmacy technician, the pharmacist I worked with noticed I coughed a lot. He asked me if I was taking Lisinopril. I acknowledged. He said you are coughing because it is a side effect of Lisinopril, but yours is a pronounced side effect. See if your doctor can change your medication. I did just that, and am now taking a different medication.
Posted by David Paul
The way for a diabetic to protect their kidneys is to avoid eating refined sugar. Taking drugs is not the answer. It's like cutting your wrists, then grabbing a bandaid for help. Just don't eat sugar laden "food".
Posted by Hazel McEacharn
I had taken Lisinipril for approximately 22 years. About four weeks ago I was having trouble with my throat and then face started swelling. I was close to going into Anaphylactic Shock. Went to the ER and doctor said it was from Lisinipril. It is a very dangerous drug.
Posted by Janice Farley
Why can't there be something done about this medicineI was on Iit for almost 3 yrs and it nearly killed me . Had swelling of the lips and under my eyes was a lo wsys tired and on August 5 ,2015 was admitted to the emergency room because I couldn't breathe I dont really know what all happened after that but I woke up in the hospital 6 fays later from being in a coma I've been suffering every since that day I've talked to countless lawyers and can't seem to get any of them to care very much one said it wasn't catastrophic enough to take on I think almost losing you life is and having your mom and son see you almost die in the er thats heartbreaking.
Posted by veronica ward
I took mg Lisinopril for 25 days December 2016. I have minor gene hemochromatosis and give blood on a routine basis to lower my iron. I am a 72 year old female and do not take any other medications. I developed a very bad cough and shortly after taking the drug my hair started to fall out. I now have alopecia areata and have large bald patches on my head. It is now May 2017 and my hair is still falling out which is extremely stressful causing me to become very isolated and depressed. I will try and treat my blood pressure by exercise and diet.
Posted by James Porter
I'm a 60 yo white male and have been taking lisinopril 20mg for about 20 years. I also take Inderal 80mg and my bp has been good as a result. I noticed about 3 years ago that my weight was increasing but my eating habits had not changed. I've gone from 190 up to 245! My liver counts have been increasingly erratic as well. Diverticulitis attack last year, bleeding hemmoroidectomy also last year. Chronic sinus infections, coughing, headaches, pain in my legs, yeast infections on my penis, pain in lower back, trouble urinating, and the list could go on.
After reading these cases no more lisinopril! Hopefully Inderal will be enough to keep my bp under control...
Posted by Shannon Smith
On March 3, 2017 I went to the ER with chest pains and dizziness. I thought I was having a heart attack, and my blood pressure was quite high. I was told at this time that I had a Pulmonary Embolism in both my lungs, the right side of my heart was larger than the left due to the clots. I had an overnight stay in the hospital and did follow up with my primary. He told me a few days later that my liver test were off the charts high, and had me do an ultra sound where it was discovered I had fatty liver. I am a diabetic and I don't drink alcohol frequently, so the fatty liver could have been caused by my out of control sugar levels no doubt. But one night I was curious if the PEs were caused by the lisinopril, since I had such a bad cough for the year or more that I had been on it, and because I knew the side effects were an irritant to the lungs, I found a list of rare but serious side effects on a WebMD site for lisinopril, that stated, abnormal liver function and blood clots in the lungs. After doing more research I realized that all the symptoms i have been having over the past year, the fatigue, the anxiety and depression, the shortness of breath, and feeling of weakness, but most importantly I am convinced this medication caused my PEs and is partly responsible for my liver issues. I am off of it now for the past two days, and will never go on it again!
Posted by David Manson
My wife has been on Lisinopril for over 20 years and she tolerates the drug very well, so, at age 66, I finally relented to take the daily medication to control my high blood pressure. Without jinxing my good fortune up until now, I have been in excellent health and have never had a surgery or spent a night in the hospital and have no chronic conditions other than the blood pressure issue.
15 months ago I began taking Lisinopril and the medication immediately lowered my pressure to "normal." Having moved out of state, I recently found a good doctor who ordered a blood test for a baseline to compare to my blood test results from 15 months previous. The new blood test indicated reduced kidney function, increased BUN and creatinine levels, elevated potassium and anemia. All of these levels were deviations from the test results from 15 months ago when I began the Lisinopril.
I began to research the side effects from taking Lisinopril and other ACE Inhibitors and found that somewhere between 0.01% and 0.02% of the test populations were highly allergic to this type of medication. Sure, I had some of the side effects (dry unproductive cough, some dizziness/lightheadedness) after a short period of use, and then other side effects came along later: cold/hot sweats without exertion, difficulty swallowing, excessive sneezing (was it pollen?) and then blurred/tunnel vision. I did not put this all together until after I had a kidney ultrasound that came back "normal." Within a few days after the ultrasound, I broke out in a skin rash with unbelievable itching on my torso. It had to be the medication!
I discontinued using the Lisinopril and spoke with my doctor telling her that I was experiencing an allergic reaction. She changed my prescription to a beta-blocker and it immediately brought the pressure down to normal. In ten days the dry cough is gone, the itching has subsided, I can swallow food and I'm no longer sneezing uncontrollably.
The side effects I experienced were very subtle and seldom on the general list of side effects published for Lisinopril. I realize that my body was telling me that I was slowly but surely poisoning myself. I was very fortunate that damage to my health was minimal. Be willing to take control of your health by becoming your own advocate and be sure to evaluate your risk/reward for taking this or any other drug. Now I can't wait to see the results of my next blood test!
Posted by Linda B.
I was prescribed the drug lisinopril this past December 2016 and I've take this drug up until the second week in March of 2017. While taking this drug I felt light headed,felt like I was walking in slow motion, I'd fall asleap at the dining room table (unaware of this) itchy, tired, weak, out of breath at times and I would feel this way within 30 minutes to an hour. I haven't seen my PCP as of today but I will soon. I've felt like my usual self, not tired or weak but full of energy. I hate the way I feel when I take this med. I do watch what I eat and I keep a check on my BP and I keep a check on it maybe every 3 days or so. My readings were on March 7th was 112/67 March 9th I had a reading of 123/85, March 14th 134//76 and on March 20th it read 128/90. My pressure changes are due to my eating habits I'm slowly changing them to help keep it down. I'll send in another comment after I see my PCP. Thanks for having this Blog
Posted by Ann huffman
I think all of you should get together and go to food drug act place and march with signs of the killer drug lisinopril and go to different towns and march put it on Facebook,twitter, get emails out to president trump to remove all drugs that has a complaint, I see that Benicar has had 1700 lawsuits filed. They said somewhere I read the drug makers paid the FDA and despite. To push their drugs.,but the pres. can do it all. I had a prescription for this drugbuti am going ang get something else. Why take somethingfor one problem and have more. Hope you luck
Posted by Randal
I have posted before on this blog because of my bad reaction to 40mg of Lisinopril for taking it about 10 months. I just went to the Dr. today for another reason. I was lectured about the dangers of high blood pressure and told I was going to have a heart attack and die. I told him that I had taken Lisinopril and it made me very sick. I also said that my blood pressure went up instead of down using their drug! (Which is true.) He didn't care and it was my fault that I wasn't on a medication. These guys are totally arrogant. I left the office thinking that Doctors just bury their mistakes.
Posted by John
My doctor put me on Lisinopril in early December,2016. After a day or two, I noticed that when eating, the food was not tasting quite right and I would feel sick and nauseated. I also felt mentally depressed and agitated and would have balance problems in the morning when waking up. I also noticed I was progressively feeling fatigue more and more severe. I cut my dose in half and started to feel better. Then I stopped completely and all the symptoms began to go away completely. My energy came back and my mental state returned to my old self of being positive and full of energy. This medication reduced my blood pressure by only a small amount and I could tell the my body was in "revolt" from it so I stopped.
Posted by Cynthia Bright
I have been taking lisinopril for 2 years. My doctor increase it from 20mg to 30mg per day. Thanks for this article because I walk and pay great attention to what I eat and I continue to gain weight. My blood pressure is always high, the lisinopril does not help. My pressure goes down when I exercise over a period of time. However, I am not working out, it goes back up after a period of time. I have upset stomachs and I wake up 2, 3 and 4 in the morning, every night. I too notice the dizziness. After reading these comments, I will not be taking this medicine again. Get back to exercising. It works.
Posted by Clarissa. Taylor
I was taking this deadly poison for a short time. I began to notice I was losing balance when I stood up, skin rash, and cough. I went out of town for 10 days and forgot meds at home. I did well without them
Went to doc for follow up and was told I had a stretched heart. Asked what caused it she said medication and then said ok. I stated no it is not ok. I am through with you and the med. God help us all. Is the government using this route to kill. I agree with O'Deda. The name alone tells all.
Posted by Odeda Oorphlnega
OMG. I am duped. I knew something was wrong when Publix gave it out for free.
I took myself off and began walking and eating better to stay in control.
The name of the med is a dead ringer. Lie. Sin. No. Pill
Posted by Charles Counts
I have been taken lisinopril 20 and 40 mg since early 90s. I have a lot of problems even still have high BP 149/97. it is very hard to pass my DOT physical. I need help. Doc said nothing wrong. Is it because I am on medicaid He is trying to kill me to save the state money.
Posted by Crystal Simmons
Started taking Lisinopril in 2007, and began immediately being sick. I didn't associate the cramps, nausea and dizziness with the medication. I thought it was the blood pressure.
I would oftentime be extremely fatigued even though I slept through the night. I would also get a nervousness in my lower extremities suddenly, then it would disappear and reappear at odd times.
I visited emergency rooms at multiple hospitals with extreme pains in my stomach which was 1. high blood pressure related 2. chest pains possibly related to heart 3. finally I was diagnosed with gallstones. 4. almost passed out in the subway and an ambulance had to be called to retrieve me but left me because the hospital I wished to go to was too far from my destination. I ended up taking a taxi to the hospital that night. 5. finally woke up one morning recently with a runny nose and breathing issues but the worst part was going to the bathroom and discovering a huge, swollen upper lip - this resulted in me visiting an emergency room where I was intubated and given benadryl for the allergic reaction. This time I was kept overnight for observation and transferred the next day from the ICU to a room, then released to go home later.
The emergency room doctors recommended I get off of lisinopril immediately and explained the side effects which I really wasn't aware was such an immediate threat. After coming off lisinopril all my symptoms subsided almost immediately. More energy, no major stomach cramps and definitely no naseau. I was scheduled prior to last emergency to have an operation to remove the gall stones and it just so happens I ended up in an emergency situation which prevented the operation. Thank God because I would have probably removed my gallstones for no reason other than the lisinopril was causing all my symptoms.
I still haven't had the surgery for the gallstone removal because none of he symptoms have returned..no more severe burning of my tummy, no cramps, no naseau, no headaches especially in the back of my head and the listlessness has gone. I have more energy and I can function 100 percent better than the last 9 years where I lived in extreme discomfort and pain due to this medication.
Posted by Lynn Strode
Ive been taking lisinporal simvastatin and metformin for over 5 years. My blood pressure is normal everytime, but I feel sick every day. I am a shell of the person I used to be. Digestion issues, depression, weight gain and recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I feel like my body is dying and I'm 46 But feel 86. Please contact me if there is any help out there.
Posted by Bonnie Johnson
I took the medicine several years ago and my liver enzimes were always high. They kept asking if I drank a lot of liquor and I was not a drinker at all. I was tired easily so I finally quit taking it. I had not taken any medicine for several years and my blood pressure was a bit high so the doctor put me on lisinopril. a pill morning and evening..I was so tired and so short of breath I could not walk upstairs unless I had to sit down. Dizzenesses and my swallowing was very difficult. I was sent to a heart specialist and had all kinds of test and a doctor that expanded my throat so I could swallow better. My breathing improved but was still tired and short of breath. Then I was sent to a lung specialist that did a lot of test. Then a night in the hospital for sleep ac. which was okay. The lung test continued and the doctor wanted to send me to another sleep test. I refused and just stopped with all the test. I finally stooped taking it about 2 months ago and I feel better. My sleeping habits have been horrible through out this process.
Posted by Kal
Took Lisinopril HCTZ 12.5mg (1/2 tablet per day) for almost year.
Recently, went to ER for swollen lip, which they concluded was Angioedema. They recommended I discontinue the medication.
Upon being told that, I started researching the side effects. Here is the list of items I was experiencing, that are also common to the medication.
Anxiety Attacks (had never even had 1 my entire life)
Chronic Fatigue (worse in the early evenings)
Waking up at night, sweating in a panic.
Waking up at night 2, 3, 4am, unable to sleep
Weight gain around stomach area (very fit and healthy until the last year, whereas I've gained 12 pounds mostly in the stomch region).
Edgy: less patience with my family and friends
I know realize none of this was a coincidence and that the medication has played a significant role in changing my physically and mentally over the past year.
Thank God for the visit to the ER, which led to the discovery of all these common side effects.
The medicine has been out of my system for 6 days now. I'll update in about a month.
Posted by Craig Carda
I am a 37 year old male that suffered a torn aorta a year ago, I recovered fine and fast, One day I had a random spell of high blood pressure and saw the cardiologist he put me on 20mg of lisinopril, I was fine for about 2 weeks then I got very dizzy spells, High anxiety, Constant feeling of doom, some tingling sensations that I am sure I dramatized more due to anxiety, I can't sleep a full night and will probably lose my job due to call in and can't seem to get energy, I don't have shortness of breath, the ekg and test say Im fine, I was really active and that day that I went in with high blood pressure was my own fault drinking alot of coffee and 2 doughnuts my own fault. This medicine has made me a mess, I want my life back and I would love to hear stories of how people recovered after. I am trying to ween myself off and the symptoms seem worse. Keep me updated..Thanks Craig In colorado
Posted by Cherie Hunt
My symptoms started on 11/2/16. I woke up with swelling every where and associated with pain. I thought that it was nothing so I didn't make an appointment just yet with my doctor. After 3 days of being like this I made an appointment on 11 / 4 / 16. I told my doctor and she looked at me like I was crazy and said the swelling was gone. I told her I said yes it only happens late in the pm and early mornings. I told her I tried to get an earlier appointment but she was booked. I have never experienced pain like this before it is undescribable. I have been in the medical field all my life. I was a CNA for 13 years and recently graduated the medical assistant program.I am a 33-year-old female mother of two and recent newlywed. These symptoms I'm having is not normal someone please help me. I'm suppose to start school in January for my BSN RN. If I don't find out what's wrong with me and get some answers. I will not be able to start school. Please somone help me.
Posted by Jimmie DeNise Thorn Taylor
I've been taking Lisinopril/HCTZ for snot years 10 years and since then I itch real bad in the crease of my thighs, and I have no libido, I'm tired and experience being off balanced at times. At times I experience bloating. I've had to see a cardiologist also. I can't sleep and my protein levels are high for some reason. Finding out about this is scary for me.
Posted by Lynette Roberts
I have been on LISINOPRIL for four years last year I started having a rash on my face hands chest and feet and swelling of the eyes and lips and was told I had allergies I just found out last night that I have a allergic reaction to LISINOPRIL I am 41 I've never had these issues I want to know what help can I get is there a suit against this
Posted by Keturah Wallace
Someone help me , i am sick and seem like i been taking linsopril forever and i am growing sicker and sicker. My heart rate is and bp is through the roof , i do not know how to move forward and , now my doctor wont see me by appt . perhaps she never wanted me to learn about this and hoped i died first. this is unheard of , my tongue swole up and i couldnt breath i wonder why my tongue was oversized after taking meds my health was improving but now i feel it getting worst and worst now.
Posted by sherrie b
my husband died ..he'd been taking lsinopril for many years..He was only 50.5 years old..He developed neuropathy..They always asked if he was a diabetic...now after reading all this I'm thinking it raised his glucose levels..he was in so much pain..We had gone to many, many different doctors, no one helped..no one ever raised a question about this medicine...makes me think we are all guinea pigs...they just give us the popular drug for the moment .....hard to find a doctor that gives a crap..I have not found any that know a lot if you have several problems going on...He even developed gout....Sad to think this drug may have contributed to his death...he went in his sleep...
Posted by Angela
Wow reading these comments and I almost feel relief that I am not the only person that is having so many problems. I have been thru every kind of blood test, the neurologist and to stomach doctor with really no answer. I have severe inflammation in stomach with no medical reason why. Dr said I didnt have like IBS or any of that other mess but couldnt tell me why I have severe stomach pain and the inflammation. Also went to Gyn doctor and it was all clear...then have been sent to Neurologist because I have headaches all the time and the shakes where my hands tremble and no medical reason why thats happening. Had a sleep study done thinking I had sleep apnea cause I wake up at night coughing and gasping for air but no sleep apnea. Along with some other symptoms and now I wonder if its this medicine, I go to stomach dr this week and going to talk to him and make a apt with my family dr as well. I have to stay on it till they put me on something else because its the only thing that half way stabilizes my blood pressure. So glad I decided to do some research on this medicine
Posted by Larry
I had been prescribed 20mg of Lisinopril once a day, over a year ago, as my BP was a bit high. In the 130/80 range. Then, a few months ago, at a routine cardiologist exam, my bp was 137/80. The cardiologist told me to to take Lisinopril twice a day. Well, four days later I woke up and my entire left side was numb and tingly. I thought it was maybe the way I had slept. But it didn't go away. I went to the hospital to be sure. They took my bp and it was 210/100. And after an MRI, it was determined that I had a stroke! I was taken off Lisinopril at once. And I had to stay in the hospital for almost four days before they found medications that dropped my bp back in a normal range. My entire left side was numb for quite a while. Luckily, I am getting feeling back on my left side, and began to be able to feel hot and cold sensations there. I'm still not 100% though.
Posted by Bea
I was also given Lisinopril and after taking for several years I was preparing for surgery, unrelated to this medication, test given for pre-op showed I only had 53% kidney function. I was immediately switched to another HB medication, the damage to my kidneys was already done.
Posted by Keith
I to took lisinopril for a while,which in turn had me hospitalised with swollen throat , lips and facial area
Posted by Heather
I have been taking lisinopril for about 5 yrs last night my top lip swelled up 3 times the size and I woke up and went to the ER and they side it was a reaction to the lisinopril. I never had no other symptoms until now.
Posted by CC
My doctor switched me from metroprolol to lisinopril 3/16. The dry cough would wake me up out of a deep sleep & I would be gasping for air. At least twice a week, my lip was swelling up so bad & throat always felt funny.
Posted by Teresa mcelderry
I been taking lisinopril about 3 years have cough dry mouth swelling in throat like it's going to close up
Posted by Kim
I was switched from metoprolol to lisinopril. I've lost my appetite feel tight in my chest I feel like I'm choking all the time the cough comes so fast can't stand the gagging choking sensation.my head feels like it was hit with a bat.but had headache on other med to. I feel nausea daily along with fatigue and stiff neck. After reading this I'm scared Should I stop taking it. DR's don't ever really listen.my dr told me a couple weeks ago I had bells palsy. The eye dr a week later said no way I had bells palsy. I feel like they think I'm just a constant complained but my symptoms are very real. They just don't know what it is I'm guessing. How could they two different DR's in two weeks saying different things contradict each other while I'm over here Like Hey!!!I really want results and answers
Posted by GUILLERMO PEREZ
LISINOPRIL. I AM USING 5.00MG. SINCE 2013 TO DATE.
MY SIDE EFFECTS. DRY COUGH, DIZZNES BOISE BLEEDING.
BRONQUITIS VIRAL MARCH 3/2014. PNEUNOMIA AND CELLULITIS, FROM MAY 12/2014 TO MAY 23/2014. 11 DAYS,
PIEDMONT HOSPITAL FAYETTE GEORGIA, COST $62,033.90.
2 LARGE NOISE BLEEDING LOW PLAQUETTE AND RED BLOOD.
TWO LAB FEBRUARY 26.2016..
Posted by ernesto cirignano
Have been on lisinopril since July 18,2016 when I was hospitalized for narrowing of an artery behind my neck that causes poor circulation.Never had high BP, but it was unusually high at the time.I was put on 20mg a day. Ever since then I began having dizzy spells, weakness, shakiness all over my body, and Joint pain where I had never had pain before, all beginning after starting the meds. After reading articles, I noticed some people are on a low dose (2.5mg) and still have the same symptoms.I don't know why I was started on 20mg right away at the hospital. It seems like a very high immediate dosage when I have never had or have no history of high BP. They even admitted at the hospital that they have to start me on "something" to send me home, and then that my PCP would regulate the dosage of meds after I see him for a follow-up. I don't think any doctors really know what or how much to prescribe of any meds until there has been enough experimenting with poor suckers like me who have no alternative but to take what the doctors prescribe in order to hopefully get feeling better. Instead, the meds (lisinopril, metformin, plavix, and crestor all prescribed for the first time in my life at age 70) one, or a combination of all that I have recently started taking, have been making me feel worse than I did before starting taking these meds. So much that some days I am afraid to leave the house or even drive. Before this last hospital visit, I was taking 160mg aspirin and vitamin supplements feeling much better than I do since the recent prescription meds. I am told that because of a tiny blockage in an artery behind the neck and the fact that I had a mild stroke, that I need to take these meds to prevent a more damaging stroke. I am waiting to see my doctor to find out if I can either stop lisinopril (possibly metformin as well as I have read negative comments about this med too) or lower the dosage. Doesn't seem like lower dosage will help much with the negative effects of the med. Combinations of meds don't help the matter either.We depend on doctors/drugs to cure us....not kill us
Posted by Robyn
I have been taking Lisinopril 5mg off and on for genetically high blood pressure, but most regularly for the last year per my doctor. The dry hacking cough is annoying, sometimes giving me a hoarse voice, which can be a problem. Other symptoms I have noticed; weight gain, or bloat around my belly despite frequent exercise, ringing in my ears all the time, runny nose, even though I take allergy medication, fatigue, which is annoying since I WAS always active, muscle cramps, confusion and memory issues, muscle aches, hip pain, itching and hand and feet swelling. This is just some of the symptoms, and I also have to tell you I have Hashimoto's and I am on Naturehroid for that. I have been reading about drinking Hibiscus tea and taking Hawthorne herbs. Good luck to all of you, and let's hope the natural teas and herbs work.
Posted by SHERRILL MASSEY
In December 2015 I received a prescription for Lisinopril and began coughing and having blackouts, this was my first medicine for high blood pressure and I too ill at the time to know what was causing me to cough. It was winter time and I thought I was coming down with a cold. I experienced blackouts and this caused me to lose my job and experience great hardship due my lack of income that I am still trying to get over. Any recovery for me would be greatly appreciated. This drug should not be on the market. In a follow up with another doctor he told me he did not like the way this medicine worked and prescribed me a new one but never told me how bad this medicine could react.
Posted by Tim
I'm a 38 year old male, very healthy, and never overweight. Weight has never been an issue my entire life. Started taking 10mg per day and after about a month I started experiencing cold sweats from morning till night, every day. I also started getting severe anxiety. Happened every day. Also would wake up several times at night for no apparent reason. This went on for another two months at which point I discovered a new nasty looking layer of fat around my stomach, something I've never experienced before. At that point I immediately halted the Lisinopril. To me it's not worth it. I can't stand fat. After quiting the cold sweats got worse before they got better but everything went back to normal about a week later. It took about three times longer to get rid of then it did to aquire the fat that lisinopril caused.
Posted by Blair
I've been on Lisinopril for nearly 3 years, With little to no side affects until the last several months. Now, I'm having dizzy spells when I stand up, blurred vision, have a bright red rash around my neck, my legs and feet twitch and spazm during the night, and have a dry hacking cough.
For some reason today, I decided to do some research on the meds I'm taking and holy cow have my eyes been opened. It's interesting to read that this drug can also elevate blood glucose since I've been fighting that and refused to take medications due to their side affects. I wish I had done my homework on Lisinopril back then and taken it as seriously as I've done for diabetes.
As of today, I'm going to stop taking Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiarzide, and let my doctor know that I think she's doing me more harm than good.
I'm counting on the fact that I've been dieting and exercising to combat the diabetic conditions, will also see my hypertension stay at near normal ranges.
Posted by Duane
I took 5mg Lisinopril back 2 years ago, my Previous Doctor Retired in 2014. My New Doctor 8/5/2014 later increased Lisinorpil to 10Mg. I started Cough, Sneezing, and Running nose like a river.
In 2015 He increased the Lisinopril to 20mg since my BP was 160/100 then 30mg then I
joint/pain, bad muscle spasm feet, legs & ribs, dizziness, nausea, chronic Cough, Sneezing, and Running nose got worse like all the time. Im a fairly healthy person, I maintain and decent diet. Now I Type II diabetic on MetFormin.
fatigue,headaches, aches and pains everywhere, tired and weak, The coughing just kept getting worse and worse. now suddenly my liver enzymes are abnormal. I get lightheaded, sweat, cough, jaw pain, sore throat and dizzy spells.
Doctor says I have allergies. We tried CIPRO for a sinus infection to no avail. 2016 Lisinorpil to 40Mg I cough so much at bedtime He Gave ne Sleep Medicine zolpidem tartrate. For a year I noticed Hearing loss, ringing in ears and swollen glands, sore throat the nothing helps. Cough drops / cough syrup, allergy pills. I took acetaminophen regularly to feel better. I recently had a Hearing test: Below normal for low ranges talking and no hearing in high ranges. I have coughed so much and so hard I saw Blackness and hard to breathe. I have bad constipation and Hemorrhoids. I've increased fiber and water and use creams and stool softners, but they won't go away. And bleeding Fissures even with soft stools or diarrhea. I have to take multiple 3-4 400mg magnesium to avoid very bad muscle cramps.
So I quit, For this month I cut the Lisinopril back to 20mg for a week then to down to 10mg The cough & sinus & dizziness is far less. The Bowel bleeding has stopped and my nasal breathing is finally clearing up.
I have taken my blood pressure and logged in My BP app several times a day and now it is around Normal again averages now for a month 118 / 71 Pulse 94!
Posted by jim lepper
It took the kidney doctor 3 months to figure out that lisinopril could be causing my itching and rash after i started dialysis. It is great to be off of lisinopril ! The two years previously of using lisinopril were ok. That is why that i did not suspect it. Lisinopril does not mix well with dialysis for some people.
Posted by Steffanie Pope
I started taking lisinopril hctz August 29 2015. Within a month I started having bowel issues. Hemmoroidal flare ups and developed a large fissure. I had a colonoscopy done no cancer. When speaking to my doctor that the medicine seemed the source of my issue it was laughed off because it wasn't listed side effect. I continued to take the medication as prescribed. I continued to have debilitating pain every day. I went to colon rectal doctor who gave me Botox in my Anus muscles and thinks I may have crohns now. I did stop taking medication a week before my surgery and would see a dramatic change in my bowels however went through with surgery because once again told this could not because it was not a listed side effect. This is not true there have been many complaints about same issue. This needs to be listed as a possible side effect. This is debilitating and shouldn't be looked over.
Posted by April
I've been on Lisinopril 10 mg since the end of February 2016. Since then I've gained almost 8 pounds, notice swelling in my feet, joint/pain,muscle spasm, dizziness, nausea,hair loss, increased appetite, no energy, weakness,headaches, fatigue. I just read how bad this drug is to the liver. At this point I rather have HBP then to deal with all these changes in my body. This has had a very emotional effect on me. Im a fairly healthy person, I maintain and decent diet and exercise regularly.
Posted by Stephanie Wiliams
I started Lisinopril 5/10/2016 I took a half on this day and half on the next. I promise you I immediately begin coughing and called the pharmacist to ask when was it safe to start back taking only my blood pressure pill Hydrochrolthizide. she said I could wait a day and being it again.
but I still have the cough, its a tickle that comes on my left side in the back and it goes on almost all day off and on and especially at night. Here's the thing. why if I only took what equaled out to be one pill am I still coughing? I'm a African American woman and don't understand what the heck is in the pill for me to have taken one whole pill over the course of two days to make me cough like this and more importantly is it going to go away?
Posted by Sydney Berner
When I first went on Lisinopril over 10 years ago, I trusted the medical profession to have my best interests in mind, but not true. I didn't have a computer then, but have since done the research. The coughing, choking that prevented me from getting a good night's sleep, slow urination, aches and pains all over that I later blamed statin drugs(which caused elevated CK and crippling, so I can't take those either) for but now realize it is probably lisinopril, heart palpitations and feeling like my heart was bouncing out of my chest, elevated blood glucose, kidney soreness, hair loss, lethargy, low blood salt, headaches were all excused by the doctors and blamed elsewhere. My thyroid also went hyperactive in 2006 after taking lisinipril for a couple years. The doc kept saying it was protective of my heart. Well, what about everything else. My quality of life has suffered. I have a limp that no one can explain and physical therapy has been no help. I have come to the conclusion that lisinopril has been the culprit all along and quit 2 weeks ago. The rhinitis is somewhat better and I sleep longer periods. Hopefully all the symptoms will disappear in time. I am 75 and formerly was very active physically and with artistic endeavors I want to continue for years to come.
Posted by Sarai Martinez
I have been taking lisinopril 10 mg for about 3 months and a half.I just started it experiencing severe dry cough and ichy irritable sore throat and starting vomiting.I am going stop taking them today and make an appointment with my Dr. Right away. Just to clarify I barely started the simptons 4 days ago it stil feels horrible.
Posted by Tricia Ann
I was also put on lisinopril for elevated BP in drs office. She scared me into taking it saying I could have a stroke. I have always had a slightly elevated BP. So I started taking this prescription first ever for BP. I took it just for a month I experienced itching, dry cough, weight gain, puffy bloated face, fatigue,headaches, aches and pains everywhere, tired and weak. Went to my exercise class and sweat so much and got red in the face, I was so embarrassed. I also got very depressed and had absolutely no energy. I took myself off of it and it has taken about a month to feel better but I can't seem to lose the face and body bloat. Also, my BP went down so low, I was dizzy and weak. I think doctors over-prescribe medication for high blood pressure.
Posted by Kitty
Took 4 days of Lisinopril. On morning 5 I started to get out of bed and almost passed out. That morning I only took a half dose (5 mg) and felt okay by afternoon. Now today I am dizzy and talked to pharmacist. Did not take dose today, but still dizzy. Will not take this drug again!!!!
Posted by Laurie Thompson
I have been on lisinopril twice in the past two years..both times because I had and infected tooth that caused my a periodontel infection that raised my blood pressure. This time the 2d I have horrible coughing, stomach ache, excessive tired. I'm quitting and trying to control on my own sick of it. Tooth is out and infection gone so should go back to normal. Bad bp med.
Posted by SD
I started taking Lisinopril in 2013 and I had a healthy head of hair and now I am bald in the top and around the sides of my head. It is very discouraging to have to wear wigs and other hair extensions just to try and cover up the lost of my hair.
Posted by Mistii Malcolm
May 29th I took my dose of Lisinopril five minutes later my girlfriend gave me an epi shot. Five minutes later I was in the ambulance on my way to the Hospital. I was put in a coma because the Lisinopril had given me Severe Angio edema. I was in a coma for 14 days, I stopped breathing each time they tried to remove me from the ventilator. Finally my husband had to make the decision to let me have a operation to save my life a Trachestomoy. My family was called to my bedside cause they did not think I would make it. This drug is a death sentence for real I died three times and now have PTSD. I rarely leave my house anymore and my doctor has to really convince me to take any new medications I went into the Hospital on May 29 th 2014 and was released on June 20th 2014.
Posted by D
I've been taking Lisinopril for 1 year May 28, 2016. They started me on 20 mg when I was hospitalized for high blood pressure and heart attack/stroke like symptoms. After I was released my Dr. raised me to the 40 mg almost immediately at my follow up appointment.
In the last 11 months I have lost almost 60% of my very thick, healthy, very long hair. I am going bald around my hairline and the top of my head, and my hair falls out in clumps. I am scared to wash it or even brush it any more.
There is nothing else causing it, the only contributing factor is the Lisoprinil, as again, I have a picture that was taken of my glorious hair right before I started taking the Lisinopril.
I have only just learned that Lisoprinil causes hair loss by beginning research on the internet. I am so distressed. I've cried and cried over the loss of my hair and now to find out that it is linked to my blood pressure medication?! This isn't fair. I don't even want to go out in public any more! Why do they not tell you these things? I do not mean to sound vain, but my hair was my pride and glory. Most women know what I mean. Female pattern baldness does not run in our family. I just cannot believe this!
Posted by Linda Shinn
I have had borderline high blood pressure for years now, and a few months ago a doctor told me that, she, "wanted for me to begin taking Lisinopril 10 mg."
I never made the connection, but began coughing a lot, with mucus, so bad that I would gag and vomit, had difficulty sometimes taking a breath.
I thought that it was allergies in spite of that I have never had any allergies.
The coughing just kept getting worse and worse, so that I had to sleep on the couch with a trash can next to me, as I would gag and vomit at night, off and on all night long.
It became hard to go anywhere or work, as even O.D.ing on allergy and cold medicine, I coughed constantly, so hard it was unreal and people would think I was having some kind of convulsion.
Finally got so bad that I had taken so much cold medicine that my blood pressure became high even on it, family made me go to the ER.
They listened to what was going on, and told me to stop taking the Lisinopril.
They gave me a dose of medicine for the cough and so, I was able to sleep for the first time in months through the night, and other prescriptions for additional cough suppressant meds, and another kind of blood pressure med.
I am NOT going to take ANY more blood pressure meds, change diet and exercise more, etc. instead.
Still coughing badly, but figure that will gradually get better.
NEVER made the connection of the horrendous cough and the Lisinopril. It made my life HELL!!! Thought I was dying.
I somehow never made the connection of my horrendous cough and that tiny pill.
Posted by Sandra McGhee
My husband was on this drug and he had several strokes and a light heart attack and now can hardly walk. I was on the same drug and my legs hurt all the time my heart beat so bad I could not breath d one time the Dr said heart failure what is with the pill how long before the reallycost . A li t of lived to r ed move this off the market.
Posted by Missy Wis
I have been taking lisinopril for a number of years now and never realized, until today, that this medication could be the cause of my dizziness, persistent dry cough, heart palpitation & anxiety! I was just put on a new medication to enhance the lisinopril that is supposed to slow down my heart beat, however, I'm now more tired! Since I have read this article regarding Lisonopril and its hidden dangers, I am very concerned and will tell my doctor...in fact I am going to print out these comments and take them to her! I'm also going to be looking for alternatives and implementing them...healthier eating habits (less salt) and walking! Thanks for this article!
Posted by Bill Flores
I took lisinopril for more than 2 years. Shortly after I started I began to cough very dry. My breathing sometimes have me gagging and fighting to get more air into my lungs. This is usually corrected when I relax and do what I call conscious breathing. Seems like after starting to take this medication for HBP, my head starting to hurt much more often, and cases of nausea increased dramatically.
Posted by beverly
I have been on Lisinopril for 4 months now. My doctor put me on it due to the fact my blood pressure was elevated just a little on two visits I had. I took it just from the advise of my doctor. I experienced getting this bad sore throat and cough. My doctor gave me two rounds of antibiotics, nasal spray, allergy meds, etc., nothing helped so I asked for a referral to a sinus doctor. As soon as the doctor walked in and I told him about my cough and sore throat he asked me if I was taking Lisinopril. He said this medication causes you to have these symptoms and to stop as soon as possible but to contact my family doctor first. I did and he switched me to Losartan. I have to admit I was really upset taking this for months feeling tired, exhausted and totally drained. I work in the medical field and this drug is given to patients every day, and this is harming so many people. We need to get this off the market and stop doctors from prescribing this to patients. I will be looking into this to find out who I need to address this matter to. Sincerely, Beverly
Posted by Clint Johnson
Hi been taking Lisinopril for about 10 months and every sense then I been getting shortness of breath and this nagging pain on my sides near my kidney and liver I really believe it from that drug and my doctor want do do so blood work on me to see whats going wrong
Posted by Dancer
wzrd i have been on lisinipril for a year and now suddenly my liver enzymes have raised and this cough with the itch is horrible and i object to your language and attitude about something you probably have no idea about. I hate people who suddenly think they are Drs that dont even have a high school diploma
Posted by Chris
I have taken Lisinipril for 6 years. I just went in last week to get tested for my low testosterone and my liver enzymes, carbon dioxide levels were so far off the chart I went back so they could retest.i waiting to hear and very scared. I was told by a gentleman at church about how his father nearly passed bure to kidney failure due to Lisinipril and to google it. What I've learned is the deep, dry, very painful cough I've lived with for 6 years mostly at bedtime is real... I'm not crazy. The dizziness and disorientation is also not in my head. If I get no help, the help I've gotten from othe people Sharing their personal stories has given me hope and a sense of peace. As a longtime athlete and tough guy it hasn't been easy to feel like a hypochondriac and keep it all to myself. Thanks folks for sharing your stories.
Posted by Judy gentry
Stopped lisinopril five days ago. Horrendous cough almost gone. Waited in Drs office three hours to update him. Left without seeing him. Thank god only put up with this meds side effects for six weeks.
Posted by Nancy King
My mother has been on Lisinopril since 1988, but the problems with her kidneys did not start until now. She has elevated kidney functions. She had it once before and had a bilateral kidney ultrasound, but all they found was a cyst, nothing to worry about. She'd been on an elevated dose then, and they lowered it, the numbers came down.
She's now on 10mg in the morning, 10 at night, but they're still high. She's on 25mg of Atenolol because of a fast heartbeat. Those are the only RX meds she's on. She's going into the hospital today for another bilateral kidney ultrasound.
Can a person be on Lisinopril too long? She's 80 years old.
Posted by Elaine Smith
I had a heart attack 5 1/2 years ago. The only medication I was on at that time was Citolophram and on BP pill that I cannot remember the name of. Now I am on Lisniopril, atenolol, and amlodipine. Crestor and Tricor. The first year I did well and went to Cardiac therapy and one year to the day was walking 3 miles and walked five miles that day in a walk for heart. Then suddenly I started going down , down , down. My joints all hurt, the cardiologist said it is not from the Cholesterol meds. It is skeletal. My feet and legs have started to swell and he says as long as they are down in the morning it is ok. Now I am reading all of the comments about the lisinapril and I am fatiqued. I can hardly get up from a chair without push myslef up with my arms. I have had to use a cane now. I don't sleep well. I am 80 years old and cannot believe that just my age has made me go down like I have. The last trip to my cardiologist was told my cholesterol was really good so he didn't order Blood work. Said he would wait until the next six months. Until then it had been check every six months. I am thinking that I will stop the lisinopril and see how I feel.
Posted by Vicki
My Mom just went into the Emergency Room yesterday because of this drug. She is in ICU on a ventilator and has swollen face, eyes, tongue, throat and lips. The Dr's confirmed that is is because of Lisinopril. I am PISSED! She better not die because of this!
Posted by Jim Wittel
Sure would like to thank the a holes for messing up my wife with her medical problems Ive been to the doctor several times complaining of a rash on my wife's face No help there but was told to go to a dermatologist This is I did. Every time she gave my wife a cream that burned her face when it was applied. The doctor was also told to do a biopsy of the area. Don't tell me my job was her responses. Even gone to the Emergency room for the fire engine face and whole body on my wife No luck The last time was about ten days ago when she went to the Emergency room and we both got hostile towards the facility They did a blood test and her results was not readable too high End results is this Diabetic takes 4 shots a day plus other crap . My question is this Why couldn't these doctors figure all of this out years ago after one of the pills they gave her was Lisinopril which causes rashes and diabetics
Posted by Marc
I've been on Lisinipril for a little over a month. I felt sick for about two weeks when I started it. When I started my first refill I started having chest pains. I went to the ER twice in a week and did a stress test and they said it wasn't my heart so to go home. A few days later I developed stomach issues to go along with the chest pains. I was able to get a endoscopy booked that same week. My doctor said my esophagus and stomach were inflamed. He took 2 biopsies but it's going to take two weeks to get the results. I believe my issues are from the lisinpril so I have stopped the drug!
Posted by Cathy
I've been on Lisinopril 10 MG for 6 weeks, I get lightheaded, sweat, cough, jaw pain, sore throat and dizzy spells that last about 2 hours, feel like my ears are under water sometimes. I just don't think this medication is for me. All of these symptoms come and go but I just don't think it's worth it to keep taking. I called my doctor but she hasn't called me back.
Posted by carol williams-smith
I have been on lisinopril for over 5 years. Just recently was i informed that you will gain a nagging forever cough. I have since been taken off of it by my cardiologist. But the cough continues. Sometimes i cough so much i wet myself. Take it off the shelfs please.
Posted by Mary Simon
I have been on lisinopril for about 7 years and started having muscle weakness in both legs where if I was on the floor I couldn't get myself up. I had to crawl to the nearest table/chair or whatever was near me to hang on to so I could get myself up. I also had some strange dry mouth and throat problems for a couple of months but that seemed to clear up. I too, was on the water pill. My cardiologist said I never had high blood pressure and my general physician put me on it. I am finally off of it and hopefully there are no long term effects of this medication.
Posted by Wzrd1
I took lisinopril and died, so did my wife.
No, not really. I know a dozen people who are diabetics who take lisinopril and suffer no ill effect.
That doesn't mean some don't suffer side effects or even deleterious effects. I object to this attorney at law whoring like he does for those uninformed of true side effects vs imagined court cases to earn him his percentage.
I don' t have problems with people recovering damages for real injuries and worse to an interaction or side effect that isn't known or seek compensation from an incompetent or reckless physician.
I have serious heartburn over the whoring that our legal profession has turned to, turning it into a common peer with the first profession and giving justice to none.
Let's see if he deletes this and further whores his profession.
If not, he's earned a modicum of respect, in that he accepted criticism from a point of honor and Constitutional law.
Posted by Pauline
After taking Lisinopril for three months, one day my lips just swelled up and it took on a life of its own, puffing my fact like a guppy fish. I could barely see my nose and ended up in the emergency room. After much testing at the hospital, it was communicated that the swelling of the face is a side effect of Lisinopril. No one tells you the side effects until you end up in the hospital.
Posted by Michael Adomeit
An update on myself since I stopped taking lisinopril. First, I found it takes about 4 days to get out of your system. Second, I found it can take about two weeks for the side effects to stop. OK, since I just stopped (no weening), My terrible cough has all but gone away, no more cold sweats, my knees used to sting when i got up, no more getting dizzy when I stand up. But, i still can't see to well out of my right eye so that is still to be seen (I may start using medicated eye drops for that). And for sure i feel tons better and I sleep better and feel more rested. I do get sleepy during the day but I'm sure that's my body healing itself. I hope this post helps those of you who read it. I'll stay updated about my eye, i sure hope i can use it again. Last one site i went to said to stay away from any blood pressure pill that ends in PRIL. I sure wish you all the best!
Posted by Sandra
My 85 year old mother was taken by ambulance to ER 12/28/2015. EpiPen was not successful. She was put on a ventilator. After 8 full days she still remains in ICU on the ventilator and has swollen tongue and lips. Everyday a leak test is performed (No leakage). Yesterday 1/4/2016 a glidescope was done. Anesthesiologist reported her vocal cord were inflamed and very swollen. She has had heparin, Benadryl and steroids. They are keeping her completely sedated.
Doctors have been suggesting this Angioedema is a severe Lisinopril reaction.
Family and friends don't think she will choose a tracheotomy when they try to wake her up. Praying the swelling goes down! We are also concerned about her being able to talk after this.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Posted by rigel
I'm on 2.5 mg Lisinipril after a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on Dec. 1, 2015. I'm talking the drug together with Carvediol...which hearts are supposed to "love". My BP before SCA was 120/60 and with Carvedioal and Lisinipril the BP is down to 75/40. I'm constantly exhausted, listless, cold & tired. I'm reading this and wonder why am I on Lisinipro at all? I never had hypertension or a heart attack. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an electrical problem, not a cardiovascular problem. I will speak to my Electrophysiologist about Lisinipril. Perhaps I get discontinue both drugs.
Posted by Michael Adomeit
Hello, the VA put me on 10mg of Lisinopril a few years ago. Last summer I started to get a mild cough that has turned into a full blown nightmare. Now the cough even wakes me up at night and I cough for a good half hour HARD. And around September of last year I stopped being able to see clearly out of my right eye, it's like it won't focus. The eye doctor said it was cataract, but the research I've done says there is no way one can form over night. In the past few days I get the sweats for no reason. I have no symptoms of being sick other than what I mentioned. The doctor has given me pills for bronchitis that has calmed things but never cleared it up. Then I'm right back where I started. So after doing tons of research on Lisinopril I've come to the conclusion this stuff can kill you. Like i said all these symptoms I now have started with a light cough last summer. Before that I felt great and had 20-20 vision in both eyes (I do wear glasses but they aren't that strong). Now i just keep going down hill it seems. I don't feel like dying at age 62! Lastly I don't know if I can just stop taking lisinopril, but I see the doctor tomorrow and am going to quit.
Posted by Vernetta
I was on Lisinopril for three months in 2014. During that time, my blood pressure was up instead on down, my skin felt dry all the time with prickly pinches in my face. My hands and face hurt so much that I had to trench them with water and Vaseline to get some relief, but I soon saw my skin had cracked around my eyes, nose and cheeks, as well as my fingers, palms of my hands, and toes. My skin is damaged, and the scars on my face are painful to look at every day. It took away the collagen from my skin resulting in cracks and sagging; extremely noticeable around my eyes. My nose has crack lines and I can't pull my hair back without feeling a pinching pain around the sides of my eyes. That is really unsettling to me because I prefer to wear my hair pulled back. This medication is dangerous and should be pulled from the market.
Posted by Brad Riehl
I took lisinopril for 6 months had a cardiac resp. Arrest. Took 2 and half to bring me back. They then put me in a drug coma for four days.
Posted by lou sandy
Was on tenormin50 for over 30yrs,about six months ago began feeling lightheaded.my doctor stopped tenorminand introduced me to Lisionpril10mg.Am feeling veryweakand at times feel as if i would fall down.I will wean myself of this tablet and perhaps try natural cures eg garlic,cucumberand start exercising.I hope all who have posted results find a good solution to their health problems
Posted by Destiny242
I took Lisinopril for 2 months for high blood pressure. My story seems different from the others and I'm trying to find out if anyone else has the problems I ended up with. The medicine did take my blood pressure down nice and low. Here's how I felt on it...
Short of breath walking short distances
Feeling out of it or half asleep
Fast heart beat that kept me up at night (100 bpm)
Heart felt like it was beating against my rib cage
When I leaned forward I could hear my heart beat in my ears.
Everyday a slight headache around the top of my head
Shaky motor movements or weakness (the most scary)
Most of the symptoms have gone now that I quit taking it. However; I still get short of breath, and the scariest symptom has lessened but is there. I still feel slightly shaky from my center core out to the ends of my arms, and my legs feel weak. Now my Dr. has found that I may have a Hyperactive Thyroid problem. I have lost 10 lbs. I think Lisinopril has caused or prompted what I have now. Is there anyone else that had any symptoms like mine?
Posted by Latanya
I was put on 20 mg tab. It has been just a month I experienced itching, dry cough, weight gain, extremely nauseated,fatigue,headaches a spike in arthritis pain especially in my lower back,tired and weak also increased appetite.Quite frankly I rather have high blood pressure then feel like crap all the time.I'm 36
Posted by Erica Elkerson
My doctor prescribe me lisinopril 5mg on 9/17/2015 for my type 2 diabetes the medicine was for to protect my kidneys.I had taken the pills for about a week and then I notice that I could not stop coughing day and night.So i went out and purchase cough drops and cough syrup thinking that i had come down with a cold after about a week and no change i suspect that something was not right so i made a doctor appointment.My doctor look over my medication list and immediately knew what caused me to cough it was lisinopril she immediately stop me from taking the medication. I stop talking the medicine but still the coughing has not stop and at night is the worse been coughing for ever since.
Posted by MICHELLE BAILEY
I have been on Lisinopril 20 MG for 3 months now started coughing about a month ago ; cough got worst so violent that I thought I was passing out ;my heart would race and my breathing became harder it even hurt too take deep breaths I do have asthma but have had it under control until all this started up getting off it now !!! Just don't understand why my doctor told me that I might get a cough but no big deal just go to a different drug Hello! This is a Hugh deal it is your health your life!!
Posted by Collette Ricks Parker
I started lisinopril when I was diagnosed with diabetes 8 years ago. I'd have a little dry cough once in a while. Than last November, I got a UTI from a new diabetes med. Then I had a kidney stone. Over the past year the little seldom cough has become a giant constant cough, and such shortness of breath that all I do is sit on the couch and concentrate on shallow breathing. I wear a pad because I wet my pants regularly from the coughing. I have coughed so much my SI joints have gone out. So my back is in excruciating pain. My new doc had me stop the lisinopril 3 weeks ago. The shortness of breath is a little better. The cough is just the same. No mucus, just a lot of noise. I wish I had known how bad a "small dry cough" could become.
Posted by JOE LYONS
MY HEART RATE IS 116 OVER 68 SINCE I WENT ON LISINOPRIL IM 66 AND IT WAS 149 OVER 92. MY BEATS A MINUTE HAVE DROPPED FROM 90 TO 78 IM NOT SURE WHAT TO DO. JOE
Posted by Dorothy Scott
I have been taking linsopril for several years. As I remember as so many others you have mention; cough, itching, and weight gain. Well low and behold, Saturday morning, October 17th, notice my tongue was swelling. As I continue to read my novel,, it seem to be getting uncomfortable. Then I look in the mirror and WOW. Told my husband to look at it and he said we are f=going to ER. Well, as I walk to the window for check in, I told the nurse my tongue was swollen and she immediately asked was I taken Linsopril. Next I had an IV in my arm and admitted to ICU to monitor this horrible ordeal that this medication has cause to my body. The makers of this medication should be sued to no end. Thank God I was able to get to ER and treated in time as this stuff can cause permanent damage to the body or death.
Posted by Mary Lou Moyers
I was put on (5) Lisinipril in April, 2015...on July 3, 2015, I was in the ER with hives and angioedema. I developed the cough right away after taking the lisinipril, skin would occasionally feel itchy...on July 2, 2015, my tongue felt itchy and started to swell, took benedryl all evening long, by the morning of July 3rd, I was so swollen that my lips were rolled up to my nose and had hives all over my body...went to the ER and the trauma doctor saw on my medical record that I was on Lisinipril, right away, he said, "it's her lisinipril, we need to do this, this, and this......ENT did a scope, epinephrine was administered, blood work was done, platelets were given, I was intubated til the next day...was in ICU over night and next day, then I was in step down for another day, total hospital stay was 4 days....this was a very scary situation and I fee extremely lucky to be alive...thank God for the ER doc....I don't think this was his first rodeo with Lisinipril.... This drug is a killer drug and needs removed ASAP!!
Posted by Diane
I've been on Lisinopril from Oct. 2010- Jan 2015. Nov. 2010 I lost my sense of smell. My Dr. Said it had nothing too do with the side affects of this drug. So wrong!!! you read up on more side affects and it says in black and white, can lose sense of smell with lisinopril. I'm a single parent, its wrong that I have too go through this, and no way to no if their is a gas leak or any other smells that is bad for you and your child in your home. I too had the bad cough for a long long time, my Dr. Finally changed my meds but said it wud be about 2 months yet with the cough. I had just started a job and people kept starring at me for coughing all the time. My Dr. Said give it some time your sense of smell might come back. Well it didn't!! And I'm very TICKED off about that!!!!!! My Dr. Sent me too a specialist and they did a CT scan, and also gave me a 40 strip smell test of what they say the nastiest smells ever, I cudnt even smell one. They gave me nasal spray with steroids and antibiotics, nothing worked, so here I am 3 years later still not smelling or tasting a thing. Its a horrible feeling!!!!
Posted by donna l simpson
I HAVE BEEN TAKING LISNOPRIL FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS. 2 YEARS AGO MY MD., DIAGNOSED ME WITH HAVING AN ENLARGED LIVER. I CAN GET THESE MEDICAL RECORDS AND ALSO HAVE MORE TEST RUN IF YOU REQUIRE MORE TEST. MY HEALTH IS POOR. I AM VERY WEEK AND FATIGUED ALL THE TIME. SINCE BEING PUT ON LISNOPRIL I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE ll DIABETES AND SLEEP APNEA AND I AM ON A BREATHING MACHINE. I HAVE ALSO BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME,ALL OF THESE DIAGNOSES CAME AFTER I WAS PUT ON LISNOPRIL FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
Posted by Ramona Brown
As soon as my doctor put me on lisinopril I started coughing. It is so bad I can't sleep at night and sometimes I cough until I throw up. I had only been on it a month and had two bad blood pressure spikes. Both times my blood pressure went high and started vomiting. The second time was when I just started my new job. The first day I threw up right in front of a co-worker and my new boss, very embarrassing. I have been off of lisinopril for a week and I am still coughing. It is horrible, they need to quit making this stuff. The government needs to protect people from companies like this.
Posted by tammy dowdy
I was given lisinopril even though when my blood pressure was just borderline. Now I have gained a lot of weight. My blood pressure is higher and I am afraid to stop taking it and my doctor says him and his wife takes it too. My liver enzymes are high and I do not drink and have never taken any other meds on a regular basis. My child was premature but don't know if lisinopril was the cause. I feel like I should have never started it.
Posted by kell hagerman
I was on lisinopril and developed a cough I went to the dr and they said it was strep throat gave me medication when finished with that i was still coughing went back to the dr they said it was sinuses gave me more medication still didn't go away so I went back to the dr they said it was allergies they gave me more medication it still was gone I went back to the dr and they tested me for whooping cough negative so more medication still wasn't gone went back to the dr and they tested me for tb negative so then finally the dr said oh you are on lisinopril thats what is causing it so they said to stop taking it ...... i am still coughing and it has been almost 2 months since it started and it is bad I have not been able to work they need to relly pay people back some money they have lost
Posted by Myla Perez
My doctor put me on Lisinopril in September 2009 and a few days later I started coughing so hard that I urinated my pants. I told my doctor about this but she said it will go away. It became very embarrassing because others thought I have a contagious disease. I also started using pads everyday because the uncontrollable wetting due to coughing. To make matters worst my blood vessels on both eyes broke that caused hemorrhage on both eyes. I went to Ophthalmologist and they cauterized the blood vessels which almost caused me blind for months I could see clouds blocking my sight.
I told my doctor to take me out of lisinopril or I will sue her and the pharmaceutical company for damaging my eyes I could not see well for almost a year.
I have been looking for class action lawsuit to sue the manufacturer of lisinopril.
Posted by Don Francisco
I was on Lisinopril for a number of years for high blood pressure. I have developed an extremely dry cough for over 2 years now. I have been suffering from laryngitis for over 7 months. I also have recently been told that I have an enlarged liver. My doctor told me that all of these issues are a direct result of Lisinopril. I need to find a law firm who will take this case on!!!
Posted by Louise
I took lisenopril and coughed for around 2 years or more. I was treated foe sinus infections numerous times. Bought no telling how much medicine. Had X-rays taken. Sometimes the cough was so bad you would almost lose your breath. Very annoying. Go somewhere and keep cough drops in your mouth constantly. Anyone who had this should be compensated.
Posted by Velizabeth MoNeal
I agree this Drug is poison. The Doctors who are prescribing this drug need be more educated . I am ready fight I declare WAR against the ma prescribe of this drug. This poisons needs to be ta I en off the market. I like it is prescribed mire to the minorities and seniors. I feel that Lisinopril is LETHAL.
Posted by Destiny242
I've been on Lisinopril for two months now. I am going to stop taking it especially after reading all of this. My blood pressure is good but spikes up sometimes. I am shaky, my heart beats hard and fast 100 bpm sometimes. I have a slight headache, and an occasional dry cough, I am weak and really don't feel like doing anything that I normally do. I'm really pushing myself to act normal. I'd rather have high blood pressure than take this medicine. I will need to stick to diet and exercise and am thinking of taking a few baby aspirin each day. I've also heard that putting the gel from aloe in shakes can help high blood pressure. I'm going to do more research on that.
Posted by NW
Lisinopril is a very effective common drug for the treatment of hypertension. It is WELL known that the side effects of cough and severe reaction of swelling of the face also known as angioedema are associated with use of lisinopril. Fortunately, the side effect of cough is less than 10% of people; the side effect of angioedema is less than 1% of people. Unfortunately, there is no way to know how a person will respond to the drug before it is prescribed. That is the same with ALL drugs. Individual people react differently to every kind of drug. Common reactions to drugs are rashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anaphylaxis, even organ failure which represents your body's own hypersensitivity reaction to the drug. Given that the rate of positive outcomes far outweighs the rate of potential side effects, your doctors are not ignorant nor callous to the prospect of prescribing the drug for the benefit of your hypertension. If you experience these symptoms and bring it to the attention of your doctor and they ignore the comment or rationalize it, then you have a problem, or rather the doctor has a problem. However, no doctor is incompetent for prescribing it in the first place, nor to any significant degree is the drug a slow poison to the majority of people that take it. It is in fact one of the more safe drugs on the market, also known for it's kidney-protective effects. Read less blogs and more evidence based research.
Posted by Giachelina Madonna
I was on lisinopril 20/25 my blood pressure was 140/80 after I few month I started not feeling well called my doctor they said it will take a little bit for the meds to start working well on February 16.2014 I came home from work had lunch with the kids went to sleep I was feeling really tired not well. I asked my daughter not to go to school she was going to college and had a night class, she stayed home. with in an hour I woke up with my body itching all over lips slowing my body double I was paralyzed I told her I love you I am dying scary feeling. Next thing I remember was 2 days later waking up in the hospital I was in a medical coma. I used to be very active after a week in the hospital and 3 week at home could not work my body is not been the same. This medicine is poison, it need to be off the market. At the hospital they said I was lucky my baby was home and I was the worst case they seen. Thank God I am here Blessing
Posted by Sharon Savary
My new dr took me off atenonol and put me on lisinopril. My heart beat so hard and fast I could see my blouse jump. Taken by ambulance to ER. High BP. Dr suggested afib. I complained to my dr and took myself off it. Afraid to take anything now. Still have irregular beats off and on.
Posted by Deborah Green
I was prescribed a small (2.5) of Lisinopril (along with another BP med) in 2007 after having a stroke. 2013 my hair and teeth began to fall out. I have 4 teeth left on bottom. I have become extremely dehydrated, and have muscle atrophy. My kidney function is poor and I have extreme weight loss (127 down to 85). I called the FDA and questioned the guy about Lisinopril being made from the venom of a poisomous Brazillian snake (which causes all the issues I'm having, he immediately said "no" while looking up the information, then said, "well, it's not actually the real venom, but made identical to it....yeah right !! A site in Spain ( lisinopril.com).
I would love to sue every single Pharma and organization (FDA) that approved this killer, not for profit, but to get this poison off the market.
Posted by Debbie Y
I was presecribed Lisinopril in October, 2012. Although my bp was 200/110, taking Lisinopril never brought my bp down below 145/85. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which can affect bp also, when my thyroid was brought to normal levels by synthroids, no one checked to see if I could come off of bp meds also. I thought the swelling in my hands and legs were a sign of the thyroid, old age, lethargy, weight gain, etc. But then 5 days ago, I went one day without Lisinopril. While on this drug, my muscles ached so much I could barely walk. My fingers were so swollen, my thumbs hurt, my toes were swollen, ankles swollen, can you believe the dr gave me water pills!!!!!!!!!!!! I just this week read the side effects and none of my symptoms are old age! None of my symptoms are related to my heart! None of the symptoms are related to the thyroid! It's all the Lisinopril. When I had difficulty breathing, especially when going to bed, I had no idea it was the Lisinopril! I never knew to ask the questions so no one offered the information, not even the doctors. I'm doing more research and making my own decisions!
Posted by Judy Reynolds
Have been taking Lisinopril for about 6 months. I almost immediately started having problems with coughing and heavy mucous. Later, I was aware that my throat was constricting because my meds and supplements got stuck in my thorat even though I tried to "chase" them with something that would push them through. Want to stop the meds. Started taking half tabs and in a few days will quarter them and then they go in the trash where they belong. I have lost faith in doctors for this and other reasons. Is there no one out there advocating for the patient? I don't think so! I am so disgusted with Big Pharma...and doctors who know that these things happen!!
Posted by Jeanette Franklin
I have been taking Linsipril 40mg since 10/2013, for my blood pressure. I had to have surgery on my spine on Feb.2015 and I had to have my labs before surgey and noticed my kidney was in stage III, and I was concerned because I wasn't doing anything different, then I went to my primary doctor 4/2015, and showed him my results and I was told to retest again and when I did my kidneys was worsening. I was not happy with him so I went to another doctor and he told me to get a catscan on my lungs and the results was worse and I also took another test and my kidneys are at borderline of failing. So today I began to research and found out it is this medicine. As of today I will not take Linsipril anymore. Why is this medicine on the market. I will be calling my doctor 1st thing in the morning to put me back on Atenenol. I am so scared because I haven't had any issues with my organ and I pray this is reversable.
Posted by Candice Grant
I started Lisinopril in Jan 2015, 10 mg due to my bp running 160/100's. I never have high bp unless I have UTI"S but my doctor put me on med anyway even though I had UTI at time due to my family history. I explained to him I exercise and he said "Just stop it when it comes back down". Since March I have had huge cystic acne - never had acne in my life. Also have had two panic attacks, weight gain even with gym workouts, restless sleep, etc. My bp started running 100/60's so I decided to cut my dose in half for a week and then stop. I am on day three of being off it and am so fatigued I can barely get out of bed to shower for work. Every muscle in my body aches as well. I also have noticed my bp is now in the 140/80's area. Im wondering if it will stabilize with exercise soon or keep going up. Anyone have any ill effects like this when going off this med and if so, how long did they last?
Posted by Marilyn Jarvi
Put on Lisinopril 2.5 mg for blood flow to kidney. Shortly after I started wih a cough and much mucus and been awake most of the nights using 15 plus Kleenex every night, filled with mucus. Certainly didn't allow much sleep! Took it for 3 months and six months later after still having issues. Dr. Feels it has caused Bronchial Spasms. Not sure why it is still on the market, when I have been told by more than one physician that at least 25-30% who take it have an issue! Even people who have taken it for years can develope a problem down the line. Help get it off the market!
Posted by Tiffany
On Tuesday after leaving the dentist office from a routine cleaning I started to break out in a skin rash on my left arm. By the time I went to bed that night and got up the next morning my top lip was swollen. I went to the doctor, she immediately took me off Lisinopril. She didn't want to say that was the cause of the allergic reaction. I was given predniSone and Benadryl. The very next morning the swellening had spread to my face. Only after the a few hours later the swallening started to disappear. While i was in the doctor office. And I swear this is the GOD honest truth. I heard a Sales Person waiting to get a signature from a doctor state " WE NEVER TELL THEM THE TRUTH". Now I can't say what that was in reference to because I didn't hear the whole conversation. About 6 months prior to this incident the same thing happen with a swollen upper lip. At that time it was thought to be an allergic reaction to shellfish. The doctor suspected Lisinopril but wasn't sure. Now I've been diagnose with Chronic Kidney Disease. This is so messed up and I try to be healthy. I blame my doctor for one because i get my blood work done every year. And she never mentioned CKD. I'm sure it didn't just happen overnight. I also blame the drug manufacturor because they know the deadly side effect and still have it in the market.
Posted by Lisa
I was prescribed lisonpril in March 2014 I got hives and angioedema in June 2014 and have suffered with full body hives since June 2014 (it is now March 2015). I was out of work so much that they laid me off. I was given skin biopsies and multiple allergy testing and nothing came up. I had a cough and sore throat and facial swelling and closed eyes and hives every time I took this medicine. It should be taken off the market. It can kill a fetus. I am writing to say LISINIPRIL IS RUBBISH. FDA Needs to do something about it.
Posted by lisa g
April 18th, 2014, my mother was rushed to the hospital-seemingly having an allergic reaction. By the time she got there,her throat was swollen shut and she was barely conscious. The e.r. nurse sat my father and I down and tried to figure out what happened...the morning was business as usual. ..I was working and they were watching my son...my mom started noticing her tongue swelling and my dad called me at work..by the time I got there, he had called the ambulance....talking to my mom on the phone that morning, which happened to be her birthday, was the last time I would hear her voice for months...mom ended up in a coma...and stayed there for about 6 weeks...during this time, she ended up with kidney failure and was given dialysis and ended up getting a trach in her throat. We had no idea if she would even live...when she finally came around, she had no idea what happened and what time had passed. She ended up in the hospital for about another month and then in a nursing home for another 6 weeks. My mom had been on this drug since 2011...and this drug is what the doctors attribute all of this to...it is now almost a year later and though mom is home, she is not the same and cannot do the same things as before this ordeal....and she is only going to be 56 next month...with all of the medical issues and bills, my parents savings is now gone and they will end up losing their home...I hope some type of class action lawsuit comes about for this...
Posted by karl
I started taking 10mg Lisinopril Jan 2014 for hypertension. in April while doing some gardening, i passed out for the very first time in my life. After regaining consciousness, I checked my BP which was high but more alarmingly, my pulse rate was about 30 bpm. My doctor gave me an ECG and i was informed I had Heart Block. I now have a pacemaker. Prior to taking this drug I suffered no symptoms of this form of arrythmia. I'm wondering if anyone else may have a similar experience. After this experience I took myself off this awful drug and liowered my blood pressure by losing weight and using supplements especially magnesium.
Posted by Ds
This drug Caused me and two family members bad reactions. I asked pharmacy (walgreens)a few years ago , "why is it still on the market". A friend in Chicago was hospitalized from reaction to this drug. After that i ask the name if the rx whenever they had a problem with their meds abd this one was nmber one. Yet years later they are still marketing it! Everyone had extreme coughing spells, etc.
Posted by Tim Peters
On lisinopril for about six years. One night 3 weeks ago my tongue started to swell. By the time I got to the ER my airway was almost closed. They finally got a tube down my nose. I spent 4 days in the ICU. Doctor said it was life threating.
Posted by Cathy Dodge
I have been taking Lisinipril/hydrochlorithiazide, Metformin and Lovestatin for over 10 years. I am a non insulin dependant diabetic for 10 plus years. Recently did some research, and saw that these cause Blood sugars to rise despite the Metformin! The dr added glimepride to the mix. I stopped Lisinopril/HYdrochlorathiazide cold turkey, thinking that my next fasting A1c blood test may be better.
The glimepride has caused me to feel not myself. To the point of depressive tendencies. Could it be that not taking the Lisinpril combo is the reason? I was feeling ok until starting the gimipride and stopping the Lisinipril/hydrochlorithiazide.
Wish a pill could be made to cure something, instead of mask disease! Happy 2015!
Posted by rhonda
I took it for awhile started coughing ended up in er told me I had copd and emphysema passed out a day later told me I had pneumonia. even though I had an xray the day before and they didn't see it. I forced my doctor to take me off of it. I hope it didn't hurt me any other way. I feel better now had a friend that it happened exactly the same for her. be careful if your coughing.
Posted by Erikca Fleming
I was just rushed to the hospital for having stroke like symptoms on Monday. I was admitted into the hospital. After some lab testing and or testing I was told that I have been diagnosed with having chronic kidney failure from the use of lisinopril. I have been taking this drug for hypertension for some years now. I have totally went into shock over hearing this. Stressing over the thought of this disease and how it can alter my life and possible take my life. thinking what about my children, my grandchildren and my spouse. How was I never warned about this possible side effect of this drug. Please inform me of any actions I can take to help with this and possible for us to stop this from happening to any other people...It just is not fair or human to do this to people.
Posted by nancy e. santa cruz
I've been reading patient reports about Lisinipril the last five months. I experienced two events that very nearly ended my life and both were within a six day period all because of Lisinipril usage; long time usage without any problems, probably 10 - 15 years. About 4 PM the left side of my face along the jawline was puffing up, too. I was feeling very odd and very puzzled as to what could be causing this reaction. Within an hour I thought I should go to the urgent care center to have it checked. In only one hour the left side of my face looked like balloon. The doctor at the clinic examined me and thought it was an allergic reaction and would be taken care with a shot of cortisone and a cortisone pack to take. I returned home and turned in for the night around 10 PM. I was jarred awake at 1:30 AM because I could not swallow and was having a very hard time breathing and my tongue no longer fit inside my mouth. My entire face was so severely swollen I no longer recognized myself. I jumped in my car and drove to the local hospital ER. There the doctor on call read my medications and said he was sure it was the Lisinipril I was taking. Epinephrine was administered but I became much worse. The doctor told me I'd have to be intubated so I could breathe. It was horrible. I knew things were very bad and wondered if I could die on the table. I understand I was admitted to the ICU. I was put on a ventilator. After 2 days I was moved to a regular unit and told I had had an angioedema attack with anaphlaxsis shock and told how close I had come to not waking up. I was taken off the ventilator and moved to a regular room. My internist immediately took me off the Lisinipril and substituted Carvedilol instead. I was really "out of it." My son and his fiance' came from Atlanta and I asked them if they had just come. No, they said "we've been here 2 days!" I was released on the third day and went home. I was as weak as a kitten. I could not help myself and the simpllist tasks required assistance from my family. Afterwards, I was so tired and weak, but kept my follow-up app't with my doctor. I told the PA that I still felt just as I had felt before the last attack. That was on a Friday and the next day I woke up with the symptom as before, ie. difficulty beatheing and swallowing and my tongue was huge again and protruded out of my mouth. I used the Epi pen that i was given and used it, but I was not successful giving myself the shot, because I was quickly losing all muscle tone and felt I was going to pass out. This time I knew what was happening. Just about didn't make it to the phone. Although I had many of the same symptoms as before, there were alarming others. I stretched out on the floor so I would not fall. 911 seemed to take forever. I had had to use only my toes to reach the phone two rooms away. My limbs simply would not work. Once again, I was treated and admitted "for observation" this time for one day and released. After these two events it took months to regain my strength and I was six weeks without a voice. I began researching symptoms connected with use of Lisinipril and allergic reactions. I was incredulous that so many people are bad sore mouth and throat. This is a bad drug and should be removed from the market. This is my opinion, not a study related to the medication. The doctor at the ER told me that "you could have been taking Lisinipril for many years and suddenly it can cause this kind of life-threatening reaction, or kidney and liver failure or damage your liver or intestines." I was never told about the most dangerous reactions or alerted about the symptoms which lead up to an event. doctors are completely in the dark about reactions and many do not properly diagnose the problem correctly. Word must get out to the public! You should advocate for yourself and request a change in blood pressure medication. Although, these reactions are considered "rare," you may have symptoms which you are not aware of that precede the radical event. I had so many problems suddenly at the start of the new year. Now I know the lead up in my experience (extreme fatigue, trouble swallowing and chocking, a sore mouth and throat, a continuous dry cough and sometimes it seemed my tongue was too large when I would start the day. I thought I was imagining it. I was sent to a top immunologist/professor to review my case. From the 15 vials of blood they took, there were no allergies to anything except dust mites! If you are taking any of the many form of Lisinipril; all "prils." in the ACE Inhibitor Class of drugs. I'm so thankful for the care I received at the ER and the doctor in ER knew what was actually happening. I want to use my experiences to warn others. There are so many other medications that could be used. Rare side effects? Well it's your life that we're discussing. It only takes one event that could end your life or someone very dear to you. Why gamble?
Posted by Randal
I was on lisinopril and my reaction was a long list of side effects. I was on 40 mg per day. I felt terrible and looked the same. After 10 months at the 40 mg level, I stopped cold turkey when I discovered I felt immediately better when I did not take it for two days at an out of state conference. That was one year ago and I still feel that I have side effects. I am waiting for a class action suit. The Drs. don't get that this drug is dangerous.
Posted by Linda
That drug almost killed me. The medicine cause me to swell. my face started swelling so quickly. i took the pill and the very next morning when i awaken the swelling had started. I got up and looked at my face and my face looked like a balloon. I went out to urgent care and was told i could of died from the swelling. That drug should be taking off of the market.
Posted by Maggie
I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Hypertension in January of 2014. My Cardiologist put me on 10mg of Lisinopril per day. Starting in March, a part of my lower or upper lip would swell and turn bright red (not a cold sore). In one to five hours the swelling would disappear. As the months went by, I noticed how dizzy I would get, I developed a very dry cough, I would actually shake and feel very anxious. In addition, I would have heart palpitations which I did not have before taking this drug and pain at bottom of my left jawline. Then a few weeks ago my bottom half lip swelled up so much that it made me look like I had a stroke with that part of my mouth drooping. I FINALLY started to research what was wrong and saw the side effects of taking Lisinopril. To my horror, I had many of the dangerous side effects. I decided to stop taking this "cold turkey" five days ago and I can share with all that I feel so much BETTER. My cough has almost gone. I am not dizzy. I have written a letter to my cardiologist which he should receive by 10/27 telling him what I experienced and how I stopped taking this. I also read on many different web sites that folks diagnosed with Stage 1 Hypertension should first be given a prescription for a diuretic, particularly thiazide diuretics. They're effective, safe, and available as low-cost generics.
I just don't understand "why" I was not put on a diuretic and in my letter to my cardiologist, I requested this.
It seems very strange that my husband, my brother as well as me were ALL put on Lisinopril. WHY?
Is it a matter of "money" kick backs to doctors or do they just prescribe the newest drug on the market instead of personalizing what makes most sense for EACH patient? By the way, all three of us go to the same group of cardiologists but each have a different one. Is this standard procedure in their office?
This personal incident has definitely made me think very seriously when I am put on any meds going forward. I will first ask why and is there a safer way to address whatever my situation is.
I wish all of you well and hope our collective voices will help other folks like us.
I guess even in medicine, it is the same old saying "buyer beware".
Posted by Oletha Cardin
I have been taking Lisinopril for many yrs. And I have had problems almost as long as I have taken it. I have had every heart test imaginable. Started having major chest pains that ran up into both my jaws down both arms no energy at all. Yesterday something told me to take half a pill instead of whole because the previous day my bp was to low. I took the half no pains had more energy. I notified my doc this am about it and he said continue the half and see if it still not happening. I see him in 3 weeks. I'm asking to be taken off due to lawsuits and dangers of this drug. I am not even sure the doc knows of the lawsuits or deaths and etc.
Posted by Carol Pearce
I have taking lisinopril for approximately 6 months. About 4 months ago I started coughing mostly at bedtime. I thought I had drainage from some sort of allergy I was developing. I have never had an allergy and so this seemed a bit unusual. But then I started coughing during the day for no apparent reason. Because I didn't have a sore throat normally associated with a cough as persistent as I had and didn't feel sick as one might think, as with flu-like symptoms, I was very confused what was going on with my body. The coughing continued to worsen, keeping me awake at night and even waking me up. At times, I have felt as if I needed to explain to people I was around, that I wasn't sick, but I didn't have an explanation either. Then I started to think I had a tumor in my throat or cancer, imagining something far worse than allergies.
Finally tonight, growing tired and increasingly concerned with my coughing, I started researching the drug lisinopril and discovered this website with all the stories from others that have been taking it. While some of my symptoms aren't as bad as those of others, I noted some of the same symptoms, weight gain, high glucose levels in addition to the coughing.
The ironic thing is that I just called in a new prescription that arrives via mail. But now when it arrives, I don't think I will be taking it after reading all of these other stories and articles. I just moved to another city from where I first got my prescription, but am going back to that city in a week. I plan on seeing my doctor and telling him the symptoms I've been experiencing and see what he had to say and what suggestions he has for me.
Posted by Wendye
When is a class action suit going to be started against Lisinopril. It is like a slow poison - damaging your body.
Posted by Angela fulbright
The other day I had to go in for my blood pressure meds refill I had a cough waiting on the doctor to come back in the the room to let me go she comes back tell me to stop taking the linsinopril cause its making ppl sick so she said she need a chest X ray which I gotta go take and she took some blood she call me today and tell me my blood glucose is high on the levels of diabetes and to come in tomorrow I don't need appointment so something told me to Google this med and it raises your glucose to diabetes level
Posted by Chuck Scheffreen
Recently my lip was swollen and appeared to be drooping. Thinking it might be a stroke my wife took me the the ER he physician on duty asked me if I was taking Lisinopril. When I told him I was he put me pn a benedryl drip. A short time later my lip was back to normal. To be on the safe side I was given a number of other tests including a CT scan. All tests were normal. I continued to take Benedryl for a couple of days and stopped taking Lisinopril. The swelling has not returned. Some time ago I saw a nuerologist because I often felt like I was going to pass out. All of his tests were normal. I wonder if that was Lisinopril..
Posted by Hylton Kelly
I have taken Lisinopril for over 5-years and i went thru hell - i have been to the emmergency room over 50-times with the bottom of my feet extremely swollen and burning, my toungue was on many occassion swollen so big it could not fit into my mouth, then my lips and entire face was so swollen, when my fiancee came to the hospital she did not recognize me....i was in and out of the hospital, and many emmergency clinics, i had to travel with more that 3-epi-pen fear for my life....LISINOPRIL, is a death sentence for any one taking it.
Posted by jesus
it has damage my intimate relation ships with my wife
Posted by Juanita Spencer
I started off with this cough, then i later admitted to the hospital for phumonia. A week lateri got a nee prescription of my lisenopril.i took one on the eve of march 25th,2014. I woke up the following morning, and i noticed that my tongue was larger than normal, & there was 5 red spots on my tongue. Then my tongue started to swell to the point where it was beginning to protrude out of my mouth, and it became hard for me to speak. I eas rushed to the emergency room. I was asked by the doctor, mame did you take lisenopril?. I told him yes. He looked at me & said if i don't get a tube inside you in the next ten minutes, i will not be able to save you. When i seen anyone it was six days later. I woke up in ICU. I also had neen experiencing what tje doctors described as angiodemas all over my body.
Posted by BRENDA VAN HOY
I HAVE BEEN IN AND OUT OF HOSPITALS SINCE 9-28-2013 AND HAD KIDNEY FAILURE EACH TIME. IT IS A VERY HARMFUL DRUG AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM UNTIL I WAS PRESCRIBED THE MEDICINE. I HOPE THIS NEVER HAPPENS TO ANYONE ELSE. I WENT TO THE KIDNEY SPECIALIST AND HE TOLD MY HUSBAND AND I FOR ME TO GO OFF THE LINSOPRIL SO THEY DO KNOW ABOUT IT. I AM RECOVERING FROM ALL THIS.
Posted by pam dixon
Is there a reason to be concerned my daughter is 3months pregnant the first 2 she was on 25mg a day of lisinopril.
Posted by Linda Lyons
My doctor's office called today, March 21, 2014, asking me to stop taking my Lisinopril 40mg immediately. My blood tests came back with abnormal kidney function. I have taken Lisinopril for 15 years and have had several side effects from the beginning. Coughing, allergies, fatigue, joint pain, etc. The doctor has never connected the dots. On Tuesday, I will find out how much damage has been done to my kidneys. Pray for me.
Posted by Dawn Willett
I was just at the ER 2/17/14, I have been on Lisinopril 40mg for about 3 years. Never gave it a second thought until now. I was told on at the ER that I was in Kidney Failure, my potassium was too high and my BUN was grossly abnormal. When I mentioned the only thing I take is Lisinopril the ER Dr. just said "aw ha"...that was it. My BP had dropped to 101/54, which is NEVER the case with me. I had not even taken my medicated due to the reason I went in the first place was over 8 hours of chronic vomiting & diarrhea. It was not the flu, but likely the shut down of my kidneys. That is when I start to investigate this and found all this information out about this drug. I will NOT be taking this again. Over the years that I have taken this I have been told I have anxiety due to chest pains ending me up in the ER. Severe joint pain, debilitating physical disabilities that have caused me more time and life than I ever knew. So far I have had 3 surgeries for intestinal problems, etc. to correct these thing. My entire life, joy, and happiness has been removed from my life in the last few years. My GP doctor has done nothing but try to pump more pills in me for the symptoms of exactly what others are reporting here and every where else due to this drug. I've had it all, liver enzymes rise, kidney failure, constant flank pain now and this week just getting over the latest bout from using this drug. I didn't know this until today, and I thank God I didn't keep looking the other way. Please assist me, I would like to follow through with anyone who is going after getting this drug taken off the market before it kills others. Thank you...firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Karen Krupa
I was on lisinopril for about 15 years. Slowly numerous side effects began. I would go to the doctor. They do some tests and tell me I was fine. I'm sure they thought I was a hypochondriac. At one point I ended up in the ER and even though they could see that I was having heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat, they blamed it on stress. They put me on an anti-anxiety med which I refused to take. Never once did they consider they problems were being caused by the lisinopril. I got to a point that I wouldn't even tell them when something happened (face swelled up once and so did a large area of my thigh). Doing some research last weekend, I realized I was living with at least 8 side effects, the worst had started just last summer, fatigue. I stopped taking it 5 days ago and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. My missed symptoms which I went to the doctor about were: Upper respiratory (both headaches & infections), stomach pain & nausea, heart palpitation & anxiety, joint pain, insomnia, dizziness (they did tell me this was caused by the med), eye pain, & fatigue.
Posted by lee
I am really new to this (lisinopril). My Doc put me on this medication a little over a year. I never had my liver count to rise until I started taking this pill. My Doc asked me do I drink or take other meds? I said no and never had a problem with my liver. She told me at a later date they going to run some tests on my liver. Thanks for sharing testimonies with me. They should take this poison off the counter.
Posted by wendi seuser
I have been lisinopril for over ten years have continued problems caughing,aniexty,trouble swallowing what do I do I have dizziness nausa ect...
Posted by Lisa Renee Nockowitz Hutcherson
I Took LIsiniProl For 8 To 10 Years For High Bp ALways Coughed
Saw Dr. Always Was Told Me It Was Asthma. My.Left.Bottom
Lip Got Swollen 3-4 Times. Never Did Anything It Just Went Away.
Well A Few Weeks Ago It Happened Again The Lip droOped And The Cheek Swelled Up. I Went To Urgent Care He Told me Parotitis. Go To Ent Dr
If It Happens Again. I Took Benadryl It Went Away.
. I Already Had Taken A Pic OF Me To Show Dr. I Saw My Primary.
Dr And She Said Same Thing. Those Two Never Looked At
My Records To C If It Was Meds That I Was Taking. I Went To Ent Dr And Saw My Pic I Took. He Looked At. My Paperwork And Immediately
Said Get The Hell Off Lisiniprol! I Cried. IM Mad That I Was MisDiagnosed
By Two Other Drs. Especially My Primary. They Could Have Killed Me. If I Never Saw Ent Dr I Could Have Had My Throat CLose Up And Died. IM Not Using My Dr No More.... They.Never Looked My Paperwork! Omg....
So Now I Switched Meds. Xo Drs Today Stink And Lisiniprol
Posted by Linda Zacchio
cardiologist put me on lisinipril Feb. 29 2012. started coughing about a week later and thought I had an alegery. Called my IM Doctor and he felt that it might be my acid refluxing causing the cough and told me to take an extra prilocec before dinner. coughing persisted 24/7 - went to IM doctor and he said he didn't hear anything wrong with my lungs but said he was going to treat this a pneumonia because my grandson just recovered from it. gave me antibiotics, then prednisone then sent me to pulmonary specialist. he couldn't figure it out - still coughing 24/7 and couldn't breath put me in hospital did ct scan and found pneumonitis - kept me on prednisone for 4 1/2 months 2 cat scans later found more nodoles and a huge mass in my left lung. Pet scan lit up like a christmas tree. Thorasic surgeon at Mt. Sinai removed 9cm of upper left lobe and 5.5 cms of lower left lobe and lymph nodes. Pathology report came back TB. How did I get this - prednisone surpressed my immune system and I breathed it in. Why all because the cardiologist put me on lisinipril which was an irritent to my lungs. The pulmonary doctor immediately stopped the lisinipril but not before the damage was done to my lungs.
Posted by michael a orick
I took lisinopril for about 1 year before I ended up in icu in a local hospital for 3 days not knowing if I was going to live or not the drug shut my kidneys down I was told that I only had 10% of my kidneys working and they werent sure if they could pull me through it or nor I remember asking them at 3 in the morning if I was going to make it or not they just said they were doing everything they could and werent sure if they could or not well for allmost 3 days of ivs in both arms they pulled me through still dont know about any long term problems but they are keeping a close watch me I remember my son and a friend of his carring me into the house and telling me what happened and to look at my finger he told me I was talking to him and then just went out and I guess I landed on my small finger and it very badly broken had to have surgery on that with 3 pins to put it back where it belonged I guess it was a good thing I broke it or I may not have gone to the hospital the docs told me if I hadnt come in when I did I would probably have been gone by morning so that was my experience with lisinopril the doctors said this was a fine way for my family doctor to find I couldnt take ace inhibitors am just hopeing I wont have any long term effects from this experience
Posted by David Giese
have cirrious liver and Hep C and the dr. has me on zestril? i have been feeling worse and worse as time goes by. when i tell him i confused,etc,dtc. he says it is because I have Hep C. I thiunk it is zestril. thanks
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