Lisinopril for my Kidneys?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-07-09 19:21:01 -0500
Started 2008-12-11 16:55:02 -0600

Today I finally got the much needed perscriptions. This one bothered me though and I wanted to hear how you guys feel about this med. I went to the Product Reviews and found that most of you like it and the only side effect seems to be upset tummy.

My (fired) nurse practitioner perscribed it for keeping my kideneys functioning well. I don't have high blood pressure. I kind of understand taking it, and I am, as perscribed, but I was wanting to hear from more of you about it.

31 replies

cakeybakes 2008-12-26 11:12:35 -0600 Report

My doctor started me on lisinopril recently when she put me on januvia to protect my kidneys. Unfortunatley, since I don't have high blood pressure, I had horrible dizzy spells due to my BP being too low (108/58). She reduced me to 1/2 pill each day since I already had the smallest dose available. That got rid of the dizziness and my BP is back to normal (124/72).

GabbyPA 2008-12-26 12:14:59 -0600 Report

I am on a very low dose, only 5mg. I have not had any issues with being dizzy, well, except for my normal state of mind. LOL
I go in this week for labs, and then next year to meet with the doc. I will see how it is affecting my bp then. Mine is not high, but this might keep it in a better range.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-12-18 02:07:32 -0600 Report

I have been taking Lisinopril since 1995 before I was diagnosed with diabetes (1998), for hypertension. Verapamil by itself didn't work, and neither did the added Lisinopril, so the doc added a diuretic. This 3-pill combo has worked ever since to keep the blood pressure under good control. In the meantime I developed diabetes, lost 50 pounds, and thought that as my A1c was always between 5.5 and 5.8, and the blood pressure was 110/60, I could drop some of my meds. My doctors, watching the creatinine slowly increase, advised me to continue with all of the blood pressure meds (as well as metformin) as they would probably keep me from developing those dreaded complications from diabetes. I recently had a Calcium Count of my heart that showed there was zero plaque within the heart and lungs. As I also eat to treat other more serious diseases with which I am so blessed besides diabetes (including 3 kinds of anemias that don't respond to iron supplements) by increasing the amount of animal protein in my diet to about 40% daily, I was thankful for my genetic inheritance.

So, my doctors have said that the Lisinopril will protect my kidneys as well as a congenital diastolic dysnfunction of the heart (that is not related to diabetes but just another idiosyncratic medical condition with which to face as I get older. So far it hasn't slowed me down too much. I'm 66 and still play percussion in the Seattle community band.

outrigger1945 2011-02-12 08:29:17 -0600 Report

Calcium count of your heart? I never hear of anything like it. What they did for me check my arteries for blockage. I didn't know you can have calcium in your lungs.

sara - 27890
sara - 27890 2008-12-16 15:32:46 -0600 Report

Ive taken that medicine before when i had to get some kidney stones removed before i got pregnant with my daughter. i got really sick with it also, so all i ate was saltine crackers and diet 7-up for like a month

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 15:41:13 -0600 Report

Wow, that sounds crummy. So far the only thing it does is make me sleepy. I am not one for taking meds, so if there is the slightest chance of sleeping from a pill, I am there. LOL.

sara - 27890
sara - 27890 2008-12-16 23:16:46 -0600 Report

me to i dont get sleep between my two year old son waking up at night and my 11month old daughter that wants to be breastfed and checking my blood sugar i wouldnt mind getting some help on my sleep!!!!!

2catty 2008-12-17 12:25:20 -0600 Report

Please, if you breastfeed don't take Lisinopril. It is passed through breastmilk. I take Lisinopril, I have to be real careful about not getting pregnant again. P.S. I have a 3 year old, so I know how it is. It will get better soon, truly.

sara - 27890
sara - 27890 2008-12-17 23:35:47 -0600 Report

i dont take it anymore i stopped taking it when i found out that i was pregnant with my daughter autumn, i will probubly start taking it again when i stop, everything goes through breastmilk im on so many different meds,i cant keep track of them any more, between post-portum depression to migranines, to diabetes and sleep, and the pain in my girl parts, (my daughter was a big baby and she really messed me up) and she was 2 weeks early she was 10lbs and 6oz, 23 inches long, and it was all natural!!!

2catty 2008-12-18 16:31:51 -0600 Report

I hear ya sister my baby was 10lbs. and 15oz. how is that for ouch! My other 2 was 10 lbs. 1oz. and 9lbs. 1oz. all boys. Diabetes I'm telling ya, it grows big babies.

KellyKool 2011-07-09 19:21:01 -0500 Report

Just got put on Lisinopril also…for kidney protection. Never had high Blood pressure, but I too had BIG babies…my son was 12lbs 4 oz. I didn't even have blood sugar problems with him!!!

Avera 2008-12-13 02:10:45 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,

I take it. I only take 1/2 of a pill each day and yes I take it to prevent kidney problems or to slow down any I might have. I don't have any side effects from it and I researched it for myself as I do all prescribed drugs before I filled my script. I have a very very very small kidney stone. It was only growing a tiny amount each year. During the two years I have been on this, it hasn't grown at all. I see a kidney doctor twice a year as part of my diabetes program and HE prescribed it.


GabbyPA 2008-12-13 08:15:17 -0600 Report

that is great news that it seems to be helping in that way. It does sound like a wise thing to take for many reasons. At least it is inexpensive too. That always helps. I hope to see some changes in things after two weeks, would that be too soon?

Anonymous 2008-12-13 09:34:47 -0600 Report

Wow, never had a kidney stone that did not need to come out. I usually have to have day surgery to remove one. Maybe I should ask my doctor about this med. I get alot of kidney stones.

Anonymous 2008-12-12 09:34:10 -0600 Report

I do not take that I take Diovan HCT which helps my high blood pressure and kidneys. I quess I need to look that up in case it is snakes too. I hate snakes. LOL I went and looked up the Diovan and there were no interactions with any of my other medicines. Thanks Gabby for the website.

GabbyPA 2008-12-12 10:29:23 -0600 Report

It is a very handy website. Someone here posted it several months ago and it is in my favs...I knew I would need it eventually. Now I have to find one that lists supplements too, as I take a lot of those.

GabbyPA 2008-12-11 21:13:03 -0600 Report

Good Grief! I went to the drug interaction website and this stuff reacts to half the world. Check it out! There are some OTC common used items and a whole slew of diabetic drugs. That bothers me even more that the NP said "all" diabetics should be on this. It reacts to a lot of orals and insulins.

You should take a look at it. The minor list is huge! wow.

2catty 2008-12-11 23:07:37 -0600 Report

Holy ******!!! That's incredible. That has so many interactions with other stuff it would be impossible not to take one. I know I take and have taken many on that list. Dr. prescribed and over the counter. Wonder if interacts with itself? I wouldn't doubt it.LOL

GabbyPA 2008-12-12 10:28:04 -0600 Report

LOL...yes it was a long list. And I don't know what "minor" means, but it is still and was incredible.

kdroberts 2008-12-12 10:54:07 -0600 Report

Most drugs are similar, look at the interactions for Advil. Also, just remember that an interaction doesn't always mean it will be dangerous for you. A lot of the interactions are ones where one of the drugs will not work as well as it should. For instance the Byetta and Lisinopril interaction is because it takes byetta a couple of hours longer to reach peak levels.

It's a hot topic if all diabetics should be on it. On one hand it's been shown to slow down the progression of kidney problems, on the other it hasn't really been shown to stop them if you haven't got any. The theory is sound as to why it may help, could help with eyes too, but it's kind of up to the person taking it. At the $4 per month cost plays a minor role in the decision compared to other ACE inhibitors or ARBs which are still on patent so it's really up to you if you want to take it. My feeling is if a doctor doesn't explain the reasons they want to prescribe you something so there is no doubt in your mind that you should be taking it, find a new doctor, don't take it or make them explain it better.

GabbyPA 2008-12-12 11:50:13 -0600 Report

I knew I could research it for myself before I took it. I popped on here, checked out webMD and then went to the interaction site before I even took it to the pharmacy. I am okay with taking it at this point. I am restricted to getting a new doctor because I can only go to this clinic. They do have 1 DR and 1 NP (the one I meet with yesterday) My next visit is going to be with the doctor, and if he is not any more helpful, I will just USE them for my meds and keep on doing my research myself. Not that I would stop it anyway, but I really was hoping to have someone to talk to face to face who would be of help. We will see in a few weeks.

2catty 2008-12-12 13:22:42 -0600 Report

That's true, I myself take lisinopril and Byetta. It does slow everything down in digestion. Of course I feel like I take a bowl of pills everyday. It would be very hard to take them if they interacted badly with each other. I have however noticed some has warnings not to take it with some of the other meds I take but the pharmacy and Dr. say's it is O.K. just look out for abnormal signs. Which is funny cause I'm always abnormal.LOL

2catty 2008-12-11 17:18:13 -0600 Report

Well, I am in child bearing years so I have to be really careful on it. If you do not intend to have anymore children it is a great med. it is affordable and it really helps. But it is not for women wanting to have children at this point. It can be fatal for the fetus. Never stop it without your Dr.'s approval either.Thank goodness I already have a 3 year old. I don't have to worry about wanting another.

GabbyPA 2008-12-11 17:36:06 -0600 Report

My child bearing years are done, so that is not an issue for me. What happens if you stop it suddenly?

2catty 2008-12-11 17:49:03 -0600 Report

I think because it is a ace inhibitor. It has the label on the side of my bottle. Also, did you know that lisinopril was made with the venom of poisonous brazilian snakes? Ewww. Check out the web site on it. It is really informative.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-11 18:43:52 -0600 Report

oh! i am so laughing! snakes! e-gads! seriously though ,i have been taking the stuff for nearly five years now and its never bothered me. i do take it for high blood pressure though, i wasn't aware it helped your kidney's. learning all the time!

GabbyPA 2008-12-11 20:56:21 -0600 Report

Very intersting. I am going to look into other things that it does. If there are hidden things that happen with it. How long it has been around....and just what kind of snakes are those? LOL

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