Zestril (lisinopril) is a medication called an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Its job is to lower blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). It works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow through more freely without putting undue strain upon the heart. It is also prescribed for patients with congestive heart failure and to prevent second heart attacks. In patients with kidney disease it protects the kidneys by lowering the amount of protein lost through the kidneys and lowering the pressure of blood being filtered through the kidneys.
Lisinopril is available in tablet and solution form. The usual dosage is 20 to 40 mg taken once a day, which can be increased to as much as 80 mg per day if needed.
Common side effects are:
- Persistent dry cough
- Dizziness or lightheadness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mild skin rash
- Blurred vision
Cost–according to Rxsaver.com, GeniusRx Pharmacy, an online firm, charges $9.00 for a bottle of 90 tablets, 20 mg each.
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