I just took my first dose of lisinopril 5mg today. I have health anxiety, so starting a new drug is difficult and scary for me. I just read the side effects and don't want to take another pill. I also am trying to lower my cholesterol, and a lot of the foods I need to eat to help that are rich in potassium, which is apparently not good while taking lisinopril. My last blood pressure reading was 132/90. The one before that was 138/93. I know I need to make changes, and I thought that starting therapy with medication would be helpful. Now I feel that I should just try to lower my blood pressure with diet and exercise because I am so fearful of the side effects. Any advice or reassurance would be appreciated.