I had bronchitis when I first started . I've had a phlegm ridden cough that has persisted for an entire year! My 77 year old father has been on it longer than I, he also had the same cough bringing up constant mucus! He now has a feeding tube because the flap separating swallowing going into the stomach instead of into the lungs ceased working!!! My thought is could his situation possibly be due to the constant coughing and spitting up phlegm??? I stopped taking Lisinopril yesterday and have been prescribed Losartan. God willing this will rid me of this sticky phlegm-filled cough I've endured for over a year and even better, be a possible answer for my dad too!!! Anyone had something similar???
I was put on Lisinopril a year ago and had a continuous phelgm ridden cough ever since, anyone else?
Question posted by Msil1980 on 14 Oct 2012
Last updated on 14 August 2022 (7 weeks ago) by SMoul
I was diagnosed with high BP 2.5 years ago. The first BP med did more harm and I decided to control my BP through diet, which was successful for 2 years. Several months ago my BP spiked to 181/102 and I went to the emergency room. My grand daughter tallied up what I had eaten that day and it was high sodium foods. I was scared and agreed to taking the Lisinopril which my BP was under control. About 2 months later I developed a terrible cough and hacking up mucus. This has hurt my back, interrupted my sleep. Until seeing websites like this I would have never connected this drug with the coughing. In addition I have no appetite and feel nauseous. Lisinopril is made with synthetic snake venom and causes lung inflammations. People taking this drug daily have a 14% in creased risk of lung cancer. I immediately stopped taking Lisinopril yesterday and am going back to controlling my BP through diet. This drug needs to be taken off the market.
This morning my BP was 126/78 and isn't any better or worse when I took the Lisinopril. For myself, I consider BP under 130 a good reading. I am going back to holistic methods and diet, which was successful for me for 2 years.
My husband is going through this now. I did some research it says this med causes Nitro Oxide over production which irritates the lungs. It says Iron supplements will interfere with production of the Nitro Oxide.
My husband is going to go off this crazy med. his bp wasnt even at a bad level at home. Just at dr office. Now he is struggling with this cough
Omg, I not alone. 7 weeks ago I developed a cough and I mean a cough like I've never had before. Well after playing lab rat for almost 2 months, my dr took me off lisinopril. I've only been off it for a few days so my nightly coughing/vomiting sessions are still here but at least I see other people have unfortunately been through the same thing I have right now and I finally know what it is. How long did the coughing continue?
I had been on Lisinopril for years and I was always clearing my throat with a mild occasional cough. They told me I had allergic asthma! Two years ago I caught a nasty coughing virus from my husband! He got better but I’ve been having a severe clear to foamy white productive cough x 2 yrs now! Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in my own secretions! The coughing is so severe I gag and feel like I will pass out! I’ve been to Allergist, ENT, GI and prescribed a ton of medications! I haven’t had a good nights sleep in 2 years! I finally saw a pulmonologist who prescribed prednisone! After 4 months I was still coughing! He finally asked if I was on Lisinopril! I said yes but I was told it was only a dry cough! He told me to stop taking it for a week! Low and behold my severe coughing stopped! I still have a bit of a mild cough now and then but I can now sleep through the night and saving money on tissues! Yes Lisinopril can cough a productive cough!
I have had the same problem. My doctor keeps telling me its dry cough, and I tell her it's a clear looking mucous and I feel like my lungs are going to explode.
I am going to seek a different medicine. Thank you for your post.
I was put on the lowest dose of Lisinopril about a year ago for slight high blood pressure. This medication has destroyed my life. My doctor very casually said that it might cause mild coughing. This is nothing mild, this is the worst cough I've ever had, it's constant, I'm coughing up phlegm and mucus type stuff constantly. I read that it causes a dry cough, mine is not a dry cough. This cough and medication has totally ruined my social life. I can't go anywhere. I start coughing and people look at me like I have the plague. And now with this coronavirus that's going around I don't dare go anywhere because people look at me like "oh look she has it", people run away from me and start pointing at me. My doctor has since retired. I don't have a doctor yet so I started doing research on this drug and I read about the horrible coughing attacks so I took myself off of it. I didn't think I should stop abruptly so I tapered off.
I've been off of it completely for maybe two and a half weeks but my cough is not improving at all. Three months ago it got so bad I went to a MedExpress and they diagnosed me with severe bronchitis. I don't think I have bronchitis, I think it was from this medication. They gave me $50 inhaler, tessalon perles which did nothing for me and told me to take an over-the-counter cough medicine. None of that helped. I went back and they put me on an antibiotic. That did stop the coughing for about a week and then it came back. I don't know what to do, this is driving me crazy. I guess I need to find a new doctor. At the time of my MedExpress visit I told them the medications I was on and I said lisinopril and it never clicked with them. They told me I had bad bronchitis but refuse to do a chest x-ray. So with the coronavirus crisis I'm not going out anyway but if this ever ends I feel like I still can't have a social life, attend a meeting, see my family or go to dinner. I can't do anything because I can't stop coughing. How long does it take for this cough to go away or am I stuck with this for the rest of my life?
I have been on lisinopril a few years ago and now that I think of it I had been clearing my throat a lot for the last year not even suspecting it was from the lisinopril. Then, this past May 2019 I was very sick with a viral infection ( doctor thought) and put me on a steroid and inhaler for my cough. Since then I have been on steroids and different inhalers with nothing changing. One evening I had to go to ER because I could not breath. Very scary. Doctor there did a Chest X-ray and EKG And all was ok . Also nebulizer treatment and same meds I’ve gotten from my pcp and told me to follow up with a pulmonologist . I waited a few weeks because I felt semi ok. I actually just came from the doctors again and Dr. thinks it could be the lisinopril. I felt good after she gave me another nebulizer treatment and breo inhaler to take home to use for 2 weeks to see if I feel better. I made a appt.
with a pulmonologist just because now after a few hours I’m coughing with mucus again. I thought it was suppose to be a dry cough from lisinopril. I feel terrible. I am praying that this subsides a little before the pulmonologist appointment on 1-27-19. This is affecting my daily life. Any thoughts???
I thought I had a sinus infection and even had corrective surgury. After the surgury, the problem of constant phlegm and post nasal drip that caused gagging did not go away. My ENT suggested allergy shots. This went on from age 40 to 46. My car was full of paper towels I'd have to spit into. It would mysteriously go away during daily hours and return on schedule in the mornings and evenings. The little flap in my throat too began to not go down. I was put on Omeprazole. Im glad to be off the snake venom. Find another alternative. If you can exercise, begin now. Lisinopril should be pulled by the FDA.
I've been on lisinopril for several years and have developed a productive phlegm cough in the last few months.
At times it takes considerable effort to clear the thick mucus away. I will call my primary care physician immediately and request a substitute medication.
Quit Lisinopril after almost 6 mos and am on Losartan as of 2 weeks ago. For me, Lisinopril was good for blood pressure but the horrible coughing and phlegm was embarrassing and sleep depriving. Much better now:)
ARKGIL1; What you should do is give your doctor a call for you mom and let the doctor know that she is having a dry cough, And so phlegm also from time to time this is common with this type of medication and more so as we get older. Just let the doctor know that she gets these coughing spells and can't seem to catch her breath and could it be the Lisinopril blood pressure pill These are known as ace inhibitors and this is one of the side effects over time in this class of blood pressure medications so it would be a good idea to give the doctor a call as soon as you can so they can change it if needed.
My sister is70 and has been on lisinopril for almost 2years and she has developed the mucus you described and a cough. Did yours go away when you changed meds and how long did it take? Thank you
Since mid-December, 2012 I have coughed! Got worse and worse, after being treated for allergies for months, doctor has taken me off lisinopril. I have coughed/gagged/spit/vomited/wet myself and totally exhausted every avenue. Just had an endoscopy done, some issues but nothing they think is causing this insane coughing. New B/P med is Losartan. They also added Baclofen, AcipHex and "cough pearls" and honestly I am coughing LESS than I have in ages. Has anyone else had this? Was all of this really from the Lisinopril? I thought it only caused a DRY cough. Believe me, mine wasn't. NOW, my huge concern is, am I going to need to be on all of these new meds forever??
There are many reasons for a problem swallowing in the elderly, but none are coughing alone. If he doesn't have speech therapy for swallowing he should. Sometimes the muscles and nerves are weekend and the epiglottis can't work right. A therapist can help strenghthen the swallowing reflex.
I don't know why your doc didn't take you off of lisinopril long ago. Coughing is a very common side effect of it.
- Lisinopril uses and safety info
- Lisinopril information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Lisinopril (detailed)
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