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Lisinopril

07/29/2010

Question:

Please provide info about comparing athenolol with IC Lisinopril including side effects. Is Lisinopril not good for liver? Thanks

Answer:

Both lisinopril and atenolol are commonly used medications for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Atenolol belongs to a group a medications called beta-blockers. Atenolol works by slowing your heart rate. It also works by reducing the release of renin, a substance made by your kidneys that can increase blood pressure. Both of these effects help it to lower your blood pressure. Common side effects from atenolol include cold feet and hands, dizziness, feeling tired, depression, and low blood pressure.

Lisinopril belongs to a group of medications called ACE-inhibitors. Lisinopril improves blood pressure by reducing the conversion of angiotensin (an-gee-oh-ten-sin) to its active form, thus blocking its action. In its active form angiotensin works in several ways to increase blood pressure. Common side effects from lisinopril include coughing, dizziness, headache, rash, and low blood pressure. Lisinopril very rarely has any effect on the liver.


This response was prepared by Adam Hampel, PharmD candidate at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy.

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Response by:

Robert James Goetz, PharmD, DABAT
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati