Lisinopril side effects

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I've been taking Lisinopril for a few months in varying strengths to help reduce HBP.  Started on 2.5 mg, then 5 mg, then 7.5mg.  BP is now 'normal' and I'm reducing the dosage as I do not want to be permanently on medication.  Medication reduced to 5mg and now 2.5 mg.  

Since taking only 2.5 mg of Lisinopril, I seem to be suffering side effects.  I feel tired and lacking in energy, my balance doesn't seem right, I have mild tinnitus, yesterday I felt very depressed.  Overall, I feel odd/strange and not my normal self.

On the plus side, the dry cough has almost disappeared.

I didn't get so many side effects on 5 mg.

So, could it be that it is a 'withdrawal' phase?

Has anyone else had 'odd' feels, and feeling totally 'out of sorts'?


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  • Posted

    You are actually just experiencing some of the known side effects of Lisinopril.  You and your doctor can determine if the benefits outway the side effects.

    My mother uses eggplant juice to deal with her HBP.  There are no side effects other than lowered blood pressure and more energy.  She is 88 and I can hardly keep up with her.

    Here are the listed side effects of Lisinopril.

    More common

    Blurred vision

    cloudy urine


    decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability

    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position


    unusual tiredness or weaknessLess commonAbdominal or stomach pain

    body aches or pain

    chest pain


    common cold



    difficulty breathing

    ear congestion



    loss of voice

    nasal congestion


    runny nose


    sore throat



    Arm, back, or jaw pain

    chest discomfort, tightness, or heaviness

    fast or irregular heartbeat

    general feeling of discomfort or illness

    joint pain

    loss of appetite

    muscle aches and pains


    trouble sleeping

    Less common

    Decreased interest in sexual intercourse

    inability to have or keep an erection

    lack or loss of strength

    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

    rashRareAcid or sour stomach


    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings



    muscle cramps

    sensation of spinning

    stomach discomfort or upset


    • Posted

      How does your Mother take her eggplant?

      I dont think there's any juice in them . they're just like blotting paper

      all those side effects in meds, never felt anything was wrong without them. is it worth the risk...or is HBP really that important. .I am feeling like sh*t today on ramapril 2.5

    • Posted

      I have some of these side effects, but not most of them.  The worst seems to be the 'muzzy'/'wooly' feeling in my head, and constant low level background tinnitus.  Also ear congestion.

      Interesting that most of the side effects seem to be related to my head, ears, nose etc.  Perhaps the medication is opening up the blood vessels too much in my head?  

  • Posted

    More importantly how is your bp and are you self medicating or is your Dr agreeing to lowering your meds.

    If your bp is staying where it is meant to be then great, if not you maybe feel a bit strange because it's rising again, I hope not.

    • Posted

      My BP is now OK, averaging around 120/68.  Yes, GP and I are reviewing my medication every 4 weeks - hence gradually lowering the dosage.  BP has stayed low at 2.5 mg. I also regularly monitor my own BP - I purchased a good BP monitor machine.

      I originally started on Amolodipine, but discontinued after 4 weeks owing to swollen ankles.  

  • Posted

    I experienced the same effects when coming off Amlodipine. 
    • Posted

      If you came off amlodipine what are you on now and does your new meds have side effects
    • Posted

      Not taking any. Doctor did 24 hr monitor and says I am borderline. So I am having a break.
    • Posted

      Interesting that you are off meds with the drs blessing. Not often you hear that. Can I ask  when you were diagnosed and how high the BP was at the time, and also what does 'borderline' mean ?

      I'd love to come off meds, I take the lowest dose of Losartan having had that reduced from the second lowest about a year ago with no real difference in average readings. Now I can't help but wonder whether my averages of <125 2=""> would be classed as borderline or not. I have mine checked every  months and the next check is September.

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    Thanks to all for the helpful comments and replies.

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