Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Initially, 10 mg once daily. Give 1st dose preferably at bedtime. Patient with renovascular hypertension, volume depletion, severe hypertension: Initially, 2.5-5 mg once daily. Patient on diuretic: 5 mg once daily. Maintenance dose: 20-40 mg once daily. Max: 80 mg daily.
Child: 6-16 years 20-<50 kg: Initially, 2.5 mg once daily. Max: 20 mg daily. ≥50 kg: 5 mg once daily. Max: 40 mg.

Diabetic nephropathy
Adult: Hypertensive with type 2 diabetes mellitus: 10 mg once daily. May increase to 20 mg once daily to achieve a sitting diastolic BP <90 mmHg.

Heart failure
Adult: As adjunct: Initially, 2.5 mg once daily, may increase up to 20-40 mg at 4-week interval according to clinical response.

Post-myocardial infarction
Adult: Initially, 5 mg once daily within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, followed by 5 mg after 24 hours; then 10 mg once daily for 6 weeks. Continue treatment in patients developing heart failure.
Renal Impairment
Dose can be adjusted up to max 40 mg once daily based on patient's response.

CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<10 or on dialysis Initially, 2.5 mg once daily.
10-30 Initially, 2.5-5 mg once daily.
Initially, 5-10 mg once daily.

Heart failure; Post myocardial infarction; 
Diabetic nephropathy:
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage 
<10 or on dialysis Initially, 2.5 mg once daily.
10-30 Initially, 2.5-5 mg once daily.
May be taken with or without food.
History of angioedema related to previous ACE inhibitor treatment, hereditary or idiopathic angioedema. Concomitant use with aliskiren especially in patients with diabetes mellitus or renal impairment (GFR<60 mL/min/1.73 m2). Concomitant use with sacubitril. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Patient with severe aortic stenosis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, CV disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease) collagen vascular disease, ascites, unstented unilateral and bilateral renal artery stenosis. Patients undergoing major surgery or during anaesthesia. Black race. Desensitisation treatment (e.g. hymenoptera venom). Renal and hepatic impairment. Lactation. Children.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hyperkalaemia, hypotension, cholestatic jaundice, chest pain, syncope, cough, haematologic effects (e.g. neutropenia, anaemia, thrombocytopenia).
Cardiac disorders: Tachycardia, palpitations.
Ear and labyrinth disorders: Tinnitus.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dry mouth, constipation.
General disorders and admin site conditions: Fatigue, asthenia.
Immune system disorders: Intestinal angioedema.
Investigations: Elevated serum creatinine, BUN increased.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Electrolyte imbalance.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Arthralgia, myalgia.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, vertigo, paresthesia, taste disturbance, dizziness.
Psychiatric disorders: Hallucinations, mood alterations, sleep disturbance, drowsiness.
Renal and urinary disorders: Renal dysfunction, oliguria, anuria.
Reproductive system and breast disorders: Impotence, gynaecomastia.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Rhinitis, sinusitis, dyspnoea.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Pruritus, rash, psoriasis.
Vascular disorders: Raynaud’s phenomenon, flushing.
Potentially Fatal:
Anaphylactoid reactions (e.g. angioedema of face, lips, tongue, and extremities), arrhythmia, severe hypotension. Rarely, fulminant hepatic necrosis.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause occasional dizziness, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP, heart rate, BUN, CBC with differential LFT, serum K, and creatinine levels. Assess for signs of angioedema.
Symptoms: Hypotension, circulatory shock, tachycardia, palpitations, bradycardia, hyperventilation, renal failure, electrolyte disturbances, anxiety, dizziness and cough. Management: Administer IV infusion NaCl 0.9%. May perform gastric lavage if ingestion is recent. If hypotension occurs, place the patient in shock position. May also consider administration of angiotensin II infusion and/or IV catecholamines.
Drug Interactions
Increased hypotensive effect with antihypertensives, diuretics. Increased risk of hyperkalaemia with K-sparing diuretics (e.g. spironolactone, amiloride), K supplements, and drugs affecting serum K concentrations (e.g. trimethoprim, ciclosporin). May increase hypoglycaemic effect with insulin and oral hypoglycaemics agents. Concomitant use with NSAIDs including selective COX-2 inhibitors may result to renal function deterioration and reduced antihypertensive effect. May increase serum levels and toxicity of lithium. Coadministration with parenteral gold (e.g. Na aurothiomalate, aurothioglucose) may cause nitritoid reaction characterized by facial flushing, nausea, vomiting, and hypotension. Increased risk of angioedema with mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors (e.g. temsirolimus, sirolimus, everolimus), tissue plasminogen activators (e.g. alteplase), neprilysin inhibitors (e.g. sacubitril) and neutral endopeptidase (NEP) inhibitors (e.g. racecadotril).
Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of hypotension, hyperkalaemia, and changes in renal failure with aliskiren. Increased risk of angioedema with neprilysin inhibitors (e.g. sacubitril). May cause anaphylactoid reactions with dextran sulfate in LDL apheresis.
Lab Interference
May result to false-negative aldosterone/renin ratio (ARR).
Description: Lisinopril, a peptidyl dipeptidase inhibitor, is an ACE inhibitor which prevents conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, thereby increasing plasma renin activity and decreasing aldosterone secretion.
Onset: Within 1-2 hours.
Duration: 24 hours.
Absorption: Slowly and incompletely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Bioavailability: Approx 25%. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 7 hours.
Distribution: Crosses placenta.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: 12 hours.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Lisinopril, CID=5362119, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 15-30°C. Protect from moisture.
MIMS Class
ACE Inhibitors/Direct Renin Inhibitors
ATC Classification
C09AA03 - lisinopril ; Belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors. Used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
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