Lisinopril withdrawals - how long can they really last?

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About 5 years ago, I was prescribed Lisinopril (40 mg/day), Amlodipine, and Atenolol to get my BP under control. I've gotten a lot healthier over those years and was taken off of the Amlodipine and Atenolol a couple of years ago. Three weeks ago today, I saw my doctor because my BP was dropping to 85/55, my heart rate was dropping in to the upper 40's while resting, and I was feeling very ill. Dizzy, felt like I was going to pass out, anxiety attacks. He told me to quit the Lisinopril immediately and monitor my BP so I did. My BP has leveled out at about 125/80 - 130/85  so my doctor says I definitely don't need medicine but to continue working on my health to get it below 120/80.

However, the symptoms I described have not totally gone away after three weeks of being off the drug. In fact last week I ended up in the emergency room because I thought I was having a heart issue but it turned out to be a giant anxiety attack. I've had two ECG's done which show no problem with my heart (my heart rate will still drop in to the upper 50's on occasion, typically in the mid afternoon), I don't have any ear/eye problems but I still get quite dizzy and anxious. When I'm walking, the world feels like it's bouncing under my feet. That's probably the best way I can describe it. The ER prescribed hydroxyzine pamoate for the dizziness and anxiety but all that did was knock me out and feel extra groggy when I woke up. I saw my doctor again yesterday who prescribed Ativan for the anxiety which does help get rid of these symptoms but obviously it's not something I can take all the time.

Everything I've read indicates that Lisinopril is out of your system in a few days and the effects of it are gone in 1 - 2 weeks. I'm wondering if that's accurate since I'm still experiencing these symptoms, although to a slightly lesser degree, after 3 weeks.

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    My experience is this. Even though the half life of Lisinopril may be 12 or more hours(not sure) that has nothing to with withdrawal symptoms and your bodies response to no longer taking it. Much like heroin or an opiate, your body has become used to the meds and quitting then does not mean your body won't go through some withdrawl. Rebound BP is a tern used to describe those withdrawl effects. Keep up the great work and congrats on being off those poisonus pills.

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    Yeah, I'm only 25 and was placed a lisnopril for my high blood pressure. Took it for a while before I got sick of the side effects (difficulty talking, not myself ). I stopped taking it 7 days ago and still suffering from withdrawal symptoms. I literally can barely talk without my voice sounding squeaking and sounding like I'm retarded. Fuxk these poison pills.

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    Question to those folks who got off the lisinopril. Did you have good and bad days at it was getting out of your system I have been off for about a little more than a week, Yesterday I was doing real good, today not so good. It seems I will go a few days and the dry mouth is gone, and then WHAM, I will get hit by it again. Yesterday a lot of saliva, no issues, or problems. Woke up today, and the dry mouth is back. It does seem to be getting longer in between times I get dry mouth, but it comes back, it comes back with a vengeance. Is this to be expected. And also how long until you finally closed the book on the side effects.?

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