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Could caffeine be reacting with lisinopril for high BP?

My name is Martin. I take Lisinopril to control my high blood pressure. I am a new user of this med. Have had no problems other than minor caugh until the other day after having one and a half cups of coffee and a meal. Shortly thereafter I had rapid breathing, felt extreme anxiety, flushed almost dizzy at times while driving. After drinking a lot of water over 2 hour period the adverse reactions stopped. Could the caffeine be reacting with my Lisinopril medication?
Wed, 17 Sep 2014
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Lisinopril can produce an allergic cough which is fairly common. It is not known to have adverse interaction with coffee. So it was probably not a drug interaction. Your description of symptoms is more suggestive of a panic attack. If your cough becomes very bothersome you could request your doctor for a change of your blood pressure medicine to another that is not known to produce cough.
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