the side effects sound worse anything else without so many side effects?
Lisinopril is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. The medication helps block this enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, it causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
By helping blood vessels relax, it also increases the efficiency of the heart. The heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
Norvasc (amlodipne) is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and causes lower blood pressure. It also makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
Norvasc is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not have an effect on heart rate.
Both meds are different in their usage, you doc perhaps knows best about your medical history to have changed the med, all meds have side effects, however you could ask for an alternate, hope the info helps? Take care & all the best.
I take both ramipril & amlopdipne 5mg X 2.
- Lisinopril Information for Consumers
- Lisinopril Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lisinopril (detailed)
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