Does Lisinopril or Vytorin cause nightmares?
Question posted by sjwilliams on 16 Oct 2012
Last updated on 25 February 2021 by RonWard
I started taking lisinopril about two years ago and ever since then I've been experiencing vivid dreams nearly every night. Historically I've been like most people in that I remember my dreams only occasionally but since taking this drug I remember one or two dreams per night! It has been amounting to poor sleep quality since I wake up throughout the night with an over active mind. My doctor won't say for certain that it's the lisinopril causing this but he is having me switch meds to see if it helps. Crossing my fingers it will.
OMGosh. So I’ve finally had enough of the crazy dreams and decided to search to see if it could possibly be lisinopril. I’ve taken it almost a year, but the last few months I’ve been having bizarre dreams every night, mostly after falling back to sleep after waking to use the restroom. I wouldn’t call them nightmares, but very vivid crazy or bizarre dreams. I wonder if taking it at night would help or changing medications would be better. It seems some of the other bp medications are always being recalled.
Holy crap I am so glad I found this thread. Made an account just to post here about my recent awful nightmares. I just started taking Lisinopril 20 mg for my insanely high blood pressure and I have been having the most vivid nightmares. Full color, people I knew years ago, horrible stuff. I seriously woke up yesterday, and told my spouse, " who slipped LSD into my medication? I feel like I've been drugged!" I am telling my nephrologist today that I need a new mediation bad. I have woken up with my heart beating out of my chest. Not what you want when you have uncontrollable hypertension. Im gonna stay up tonight!
Lisinopril yes, I had problems in the past with this medication because of the fatigue and depression and I quit using it. I restarted just 12 hours ago and I been having unusually vivid and ugly dreams, hopefully because the half life of this drug is suppose to be 12 and half hours I can go back and sleep normally.
Neither are reported to based on studies though some patients swear they get nightmares from Lisinopril in particular- however statistically it's still fewer than 1% of people who take either and report nightmares.
I started lisinopril (2.5mg) today. I had my first nightmare in years (more than 5 years the time before that another 3 or 4 years.) and when I awoke for about 10 seconds I swore someone was standing over my bed. There obviously wasn't anything, it was part of the fear. But that's the first time that's happened since I was in my early teens. Now in my Mid-late 20s.
I couldn't measure my BP at the time but my Heart rate was very elevated due to the fear.
My 86 yr. old mother has recently been taking Lisinopril for only about a week and she called to tell me this morning she had a horrible nightmare where her bp was 213/97 and it really scared her, her heart was racing when she awoke and didn't know what was happening to her..so I looked up the name of this new medicine and I have read where others have had nightmares from taking this, I understand it is an ace inhibitor used to control blood pressure. I would advise taking to her doctor about this.
I know you posted a month ago but I started lisinopril yesterday and had terrible nightmares last night. Unusual for me. I've been on here looking to see if someone else reported it. The drug info does say it can have unknown neurological effects, but doesn't mention nightmares specifically. I'm going to keep taking it hoping it's a temporary effect, but would sure be interested in hearing from any others with this problem.
No - neither drug has been reported to cause nightmares.
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