I am 55 years old and very active, walking going to gym a couple of times a week. Recently I started on lisinopril for high blood pressure, 10 mgs. I have gained 10 pounds in a month, and feel concerned.
Both weight loss and weight gain have been reported as side effects of Lisinopril.
Yes, I am a 43 year old female and active as well. I gained 7 pounds after I started taking it. I needed to drop a few pounds for a wedding and actually had to stop taking it ( I monitored my numbers of course). Would love to hear if anyone else is having issues.
I believe if you are using a salt substitute and or eating a lot of foods high in potassium it could cause this. Lisinopril can increase your potassium levels. It has been a long time since you asked question. I realize you surely no longer need an answer. Someone else might though. I would ask my doctor for a low dose diuretic that is not potassium sparing. I am on a generic for Maxzide diuretic. It is a potassium sparing diuretic. Been on it for several years. Maxzide controlled my blood pressure. Until this past year at 58 years young. BP is only close to normal range 1st thing in morning. BP seems to slowly climb as day goes on. My doctor just this past week put me on 10mg of Lisinopril as well. I want to be able to use salt substitutes safely. Monday I am going to call Dr. And request he change my diuretic from Maxzide to one that is strictly a thiazide diuretic.
I am 54 and was prescribed lisinopril 10mg. I gained 16lbs in 4 weeks. My BP was averaging 126/96. I am an active person, gym, love the outdoors. The weight gain was depressing me. I did some research for natural remedies for high bp. I stopped the meds, started making Hibiscus tea, at least 3 cups a day (Iake it like sweet tea but sweeten with honey). I lost 6 pounds in the first week and my BP is 110/79.
I've been on a combination with hctz for 2 years and have gained 30 lbs. A few months ago I upped my exercise and stopped taking it for a week and lost 7 lbs. Every few months I notice a 10 lb weight gain. When I'm off it I usually feel "lighter," don't feel like I have to constantly drink water and it doesn't take me awhile to urinate.
Yes, the same exact thing happened to me and now its hard to lose this weight. I literally blew up within 3 to six months this year when I started taking it.
I have also experienced weight gain since I started taking lisinopril (10 mg). My health care providers have not suspected this to be the cause of my weight gain. However, after 3 years of assistance by my doctor I have not experienced any weight loss, and it would now seem that I was just being pacified by them. Disgusting!! At times I feel like I don't eat enough to keep a bird alive. I have also tried a number of protein drinks and other things to try and rev up my metabolism without any results, and therefore, I am coming to the conclusion that there is something in this drug that is causing my weight gain and/or not allowing me lost any weight. I suspect it has something to do with slowing down my metabolism.
Twenty five years ago I had an experience with a drug I was on temporally were I gained a lot of weight, and it seemed that I could do nothing to stop this from happening. The drug had totally taken over my body. It was hell for three months until I was taken off the drug then my weight went back to normal. Research after being off the drug provided the answers. What a mess.
I'm on 5mg and have gained a lot of weight fast.
I gained 35 lbs within a year of taking lisinopril - hctz 20 - 25! I am can't take it much longer the weight will not come off for 3 years! I eat 1200 - 1500 calories a day and stay physically active. I am really depressed and feel awful. The DR doesn't believe me! Is there a natural remedy that works?
Hmm, I'm glad I found this sight. I started on Lisinopril in October. I have been working out like crazy and watching my food intake. My wife looked at me and said I was gaining weight. I was floored and decided to inbestigate. I believe the medicine is having a negative side effect of weight gain. I can't stand it so I'm going to watch salt intake and what I eat to ween myseld off of this medicine.
Yes. At my recent physical the nurse practitioner took my BP and said was way way too high (158/98). She started me on lisinopril 10 mgs right away despite it being my first time seeing her. I weighed 268 at the physical. I went back in a month and was 282 despite efforts to eat clean and work out 4-5x per week. I want to try a different medication, but she wants to give it another month. I'm really concerned I could be 300 by that time. And, my BP was only a tad lower, 155/96. Not worth it!
I recently started Lisinopril 10 mg and have also had steady weight gain since I started taking this for my hypertension (along with a few other long time hypertension meds that I tolerate well). I am also concerned! I have gotten in touch with my doctor and am waiting to see what he recommends. I am 57 years old and am otherwise healthy. I try to walk at least 2 miles every day and watch my diet. I am going to wean myself off of this drug if I continue to gain weight. It's not worth the health risks of being overweight!
I am SO grateful I found this thread. I have gained 10 pounds since starting this medicine a few months ago despite cutting WAY back on sugar and exercising more. (Although still not as much as I should! Lol.)I have started the hibiscus tea and after only 24 ounces in 36 hours I have lost a pound. I will be increasing the amount of tea per other posters' suggestions.
I have gained 20 lbs on this as well. I am 43 years old.
Hi, I have been on Lisinopril for about a year. I have never had any other health issues, I am 5' and weighed 100 pounds for many years. Then after a few months of taking this medicine I noticed I was putting on weight! First, 5 pounds, then 10 then crept up to 15! I have been a vegetarian for many years and exercise regularly so could not understand what was happening. Such a frustrating experience when you try and fasten even your baggy pants and you can't!! I have never had a muffin top before but I sure do now and I hate it. I tried the hibiscus tea and made juices with beet and celery. Unfortunately for me it did not seem to help and my blood pressure was getting high again. I am back on it now but try to just take it every other day and am still taking hibiscus (I got the capsules because I couldn't stomach the tea) and drinking my veggie juices. I am going back to see my doctor in a couple of weeks to see if there is anything else I can do instead.
I don't like being on any medicine and the Lisinopril also gives me a terrible dry cough which I understand is a common side effect. But I am also scared about having dangerously high blood pressure!
Sorry if this is a bit long, it is good to get things off your chest sometimes :)
- Lisinopril Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lisinopril (detailed)
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