Zestril is an ACE (Angiotensogen Converting Enzyme) inhibitor which helps to bring blood pressure under control. ACE is a part of the chemical reaction that helps to produce Angiotensin. Angiotensin is a hormone that is responsible for constricting the blood vessels and increasing blood pressure in turn.
ACE inhibitors help to control blood pressure by avoiding the conversion of a precursor, Angiotensin-I into Angiotensin-II. Zestril belongs to the class of ACE inhibitors.
Chemically, Zestril is composed of Lisinopril which is an ACE inhibitor and the active ingredient of this drug. Each 10 mg tablet of Zestril is composed of 10 mg of anhydrous Lisinopril. There are other excipients which act as a medium of action for the active ingredient.
Zestril is advised to patients with the following health conditions:
Zestril is a potent ACE inhibitor and should not be taken without a doctor's prescription. It is important to remember that the dose has to be kept constant unless doctor advises the patient to change it.
Every drug has some side effects associated with it, and Zestril is no different. Patients who consume this drug regularly should be aware of all the side effects of it. If any of these unfavorable drug effects develop, the doctor should be informed immediately. The side effects of Zestril are as follows:
These symptoms could occur due to overdose of Zestril or due to taking the medication in an incorrect manner. Therefore, Zestril should not be taken unless a doctor advises to do so.
There are a few things which should be remembered while consuming Zestril. Following these instructions will help to maximize the therapeutic effect of the drug and avoid any undesirable consequences. The instructions to be followed are:
Following is a list of drugs which can be used as an alternative for Zestril. These drugs have their chemical composition and medicinal properties similar to Zestril.