Lisinopril Taken Only "as Needed"

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Terry Says:


My husband checks his bp daily and when it is in normal range 120/70 he doesn't take his lisinopril (5mg), however when it creeps up (about every 3rd day) he takes one. Is this safe?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Terry! How are you?

No, this medication doesn't work fast enough to be taken only when his blood pressure is showing an elevation. To have its full beneficial effect in the body, it needs to be taken consistently, as prescribed by his doctor. He might actually have himself in a rebound cycle by taking it this way, a rebound effect, which can include elevated blood pressure and heart rate, occurs due to a sudden withdrawal from such medications, but the issue is that at some point, he might hit dangerous levels that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor that's most commonly used to treat high blood pressure and certain cardiac conditions, as listed by the FDA, its typical side effects may include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry cough, increased urination and hypotension.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Debbi Says:
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My mom takes this and her blood pressure got to low. She told her doctor about it. She was taking the lowest does of 2.5mg. Her doctor told her to to take it every other day.

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Meredith Says:
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My husband takes 10 mg of lisinopril stay. He has been on the med for a year with good effect. A recent check up revealed that his no was creeping up (138/86). He says he hasn't been feeling as well iver the last few days. He is wondering if he could take an additional 5 mg of lisinopril "prn" to see if it would help him feel better. In other words, he wants to see if 15 mg qday would be a more effective dose. Can lisinopril be increased prn in this way?

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Tee Says:
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I was prescribed 20/25 mg Lisinopril, but I'm out of refills. I have 2.5 mg pills as well. Am I able to take 6 pills to equal 20 mg?

How much Lisinopril can I take?

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