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What causes throat congestion and elevation in the heart rate while on Lisinopril?

ARB,Losartan 25mg/1a day.Just started10-29 cuz Lisinopril gave me bad effects..(took lisinopril 10-17 thru 10-25.) 1st time hi BP med person. effects now:horrible fatigue /horrible continuous cough, /excess mucous in throat; strong beating heart; higher pulse; anxious; BMs – too much activity; take immodium to calm it down. Will see dr. tomorrow, but should i keep this med for nxt 3 weeks to see what happens? 64yr female,nonsmoke,BP 150/92. hate how i feel..
Sat, 28 Apr 2018
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Hello,

This is due to different effects. The type of medicine of Lisinopril is well known to cause inflammation. This is typically felt like a tickle in the respiratory tract causing chronic cough.

Any and all blood pressure medicines lower the blood pressure. A response to this can be an elevation in the pulse rate. This is particularly true if the pressure goes too low.

Because the effect of Lisinopril is very variable in the same person taking the pill the same way every day, it is more likely than most blood pressure medicines to cause highs and lows in the blood pressure.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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