I started Lisinopril about a month ago for high blood pressure, and have developed a dry cough I can hardly sleep at night and I'm driving my co-workers crazy coughing all day its usually worse in the morning. I take the medication at night.
29 May 2013
Not sure about the ace inhibitors, but I do know that beta-blockers are bad for this, especially for someone who has asthma such as myself. Definitely call your doctor's office and stress how much this is effecting you. I'm sure if he knows how bad this is... he will make an adjustment to your med. or change it to a different type. Don't suffer like I did for so long. I know how miserable this can be. Hope you get this worked out soon! Take Care!
29 May 2013
Hi, a 'common' side effect of taking Lisinopril is developing a cough unfortunately. I have recently started taking a medication that gives me dry mouth, and this sometimes leads to a dry coughing. I suck Strepsil capsules, you can buy them specifically for coughs. & you can use dry cough medicines at night, but if this continues long term, don't continue using OTC medications longterm, ask you doctor if there is an alternative. Also, mention this at your next doctor's appointment, as it could be a sign of something going on with you heart. I'm only mentioning this as an after thought, but i think it is important that it is discussed.
21 Jun 2015
I went thru the same thing. It's a allergic reaction. Was on lisinopril for a few years and all of a sudden I started this horrible coughing. The P.A. (Not the Dr. that put me on it) but his PA, Took me off the lisinopril and put me on nifedipine.
It stopped in 1 day for me.
12 Jul 2015
Definitely call your doctor and tell him about this. I had to be taken off of lisinopril for the same reason... it didn't go away and nothing I tried helped. If it's making you miserable it's definitely worth speaking to your doctor about changing medications.
Good luck to you!
4 Sep 2015
I started having a bad cough and breathing problems for years, but they got worse and nothing controlled it. I have cluster and migraines also, but then started having this weird headache along with ear pain. I had no infection, and my blood pressure was up and down with my moods, stress, etc. I have arthritis and muscle pains too from another disorder, but these also got worse since I started the Lisinopril. I know I am getting older, and was only taking 5mg a day. But after much research and trials for the ear, cough, headaches. I came across how dangerous Lisinopril can be. I contacted my doctor and asked if I can take half a pill and see how it goes or stop taking it. I took half a one this morning before he replied back. Going to try to go without it tomorrow. My cough was so bad in the mornings and night with a sore throat at times. Nothing and I mean nothing would work. I will see if it gets better along with the headaches, and if I can control my BP another way.
9 Sep 2015
Notify your physician about the cough. Be assertive.Tell your doctor you are going to stop taking lisinopril and ask him/her to prescribe another drug. The cough I developed was not only a nuisance, it progressed and ultimately lead me to a pulmonary specialist. I presented with what appeared to be a full blown bronchial asthmatic attack; cough, wheeze and severe bronchial spasm. My doctor was treating me with inhalers that provided only minimal relief. The specialist had me stop the lisinopril and prescribed Lozartan Potassium. He also prescribed a course of oral steroid medication to rid my lungs of the inflammation and congestion. It took nearly two months, but the cough is gone and my lungs have recovered. In researching Lisinopril, I became aware that it is classified as an Ace Inhibitor. As it is broken down in the body, small particals accumulate in the blood and during circulation become trapped in the lungs.
The cough is a result of the lungs attempting to rid these accumulated particles. Literature led me to believe the cough would resolve in a few days. I suppose it depends on how sick your lungs are at the time the drug is stopped. Good luck. Be well!
13 Mar 2016
Soon after I started Lisinopril about 6 years ago, I developed a dry cough. I discussed this with my doctor who thought the cough was caused by the medication.
I did some research and discovered that some people had found iron supplements useful. I started taking a liquid iron supplement, which I mixed with fruit juice. I took this for a few days and the cough subsided. Now I keep a bottle of liquid supplement handy, and whenever the cough starts, I take a regular dose of the liquid (mixed with fruit juice) for a few days until the cough subsides. Normally, I go 3-6 between coughing attacks, which means that I'm able to stay on Lisinopril, which works very well to control my blood pressure.
This is just an anecdote and there's no real evidence (apart from my doctor's opinion) that my coughs are caused by the medicine, but it might just help somebody. I'm aware that others have found aspirin useful for controlling the cough, but the same caveat must apply to that advice.
In the UK, the liquid supplements that worked for me are Floradix and Feroglobin. I also tried Spatone but that didn't seem to be as effective. No idea why.
24 Mar 2016
I experience a cough too. I'm only on 10mg of Lisinopril, and my cough is not so bad. It's not a hard cough, but it can be annoying at times. I usually drink a lot of water with the Lisinopril, and I also take a water pill as well. Some days I go all day w/o a coughing spell until the evening. Some days I cough noticably throughout the day I take my med's early in the am, most days.
My concern is, this medicine has truly helped my hbp, even with the coughing and I am apprehensive about searching for another one. That's because prior to the Lisinopryl I was given a med that scared me because it increased my bp instead of lowering it. My heart was racing.
I'm not a medicine person... I prefer natural medicine, so I am a bit anxious about trying other meds.
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