Zestril, also known under the generic name lisinopril, is used to treat high blood pressure and is classed as an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors work to prevent the action of angiotensin II, which is a compound that's instrumental in causing blood vessels to tighten and restrict blood from flowing freely.

In this way the treatment can lower your risk of developing heart problems or other cardiovascular issues, because it reduces pressure on the heart to pump blood around the body. It's also been proven to help improve a person's chances of survival after a heart attack.

How does Zestril 10mg work?

Zestril lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor, this means that it works to prevent the production of angiotensin II and performing its proper function, which is to cause blood vessels to constrict and inhibit the flow of blood, which is what causes increased pressure on the heart.

Angiotensin II is a hormone that is produced by ACE and Zestril 10mg prevents ACE from performing its normal function, thus preventing the production of angiotensin II.

Who can and can’t take it?

Zestril should only be taken if your doctor has diagnosed you as having high blood pressure and has recommended that you use to it help bring it back under control. Although this medication is suitable as a treatment for most people who need it, you may however not be suitable to take it if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, if you’ve experienced congestive heart failure, connective tissue disease or diabetes.

It’s not recommended that you take Zestril lisinopril if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

How should it be taken?

Zestril 10mg is a daily treatment and its best if it’s taken at the same time every day. It can be taken with or without food, but it might be worth taking it with some food to avoid any gastrointestinal side effects if you are prone to feeling nauseous if you take tablets. To help your body process the medication better, we recommend that you take your tablet with a full glass of water.

What are the most common side effects?

Zestril 10mg won’t cause side effects in everyone, but they can occur. The most common ones are mild and include swollen ankles, nausea, diarrhoea, fainting or dizziness. Should you experience any more serious or bothersome effects, you should seek medical help straight away.

How should it be stored?

Zestril lisinopril should be stored in a cool dry place, making sure that it’s safely out of sight and reach of children. Always make sure that the treatment you are using is still within its expiry date, and if for whatever reason you do not use your treatment, make sure that you take it to a pharmacy for it to be disposed of properly.

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