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Side Effects and Dangers of Lisinopril and Alcohol

Lisinopril is a drug that is often prescribed for high blood pressure. The drug acts on the blood vessels so that the vessels do not tighten and blood flows smoothly through them. There are many side effects of using lisinopril and alcohol together. We often do not care if we are not a medication and go about having our regular drinks, but in the long run, it can be harmful to general health.

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Lowered Blood Pressure

One of the major side effects while using lisinopril and alcohol together includes lowered blood pressure. The in-depth analysis of the topic shows us that alcohol can lower blood pressure, but this usually happens when you’re consuming it with lisinopril. Other than this, it could also lead to light-headed feelings, which will cause you to lose the sense of self and your surroundings. It will give you headaches. Moreover, it will also make you dizzy, which will make you sleep more and work less. It can also decrease urination and give you a high temperature. Furthermore, it can make your throat sore and give you coughing fits. It can lead to greater issues like kidney problems, high potassium, and, last but not least, liver issues.

High Blood Pressure

If the mixture of these two substances can lower your blood temperature, they can also raise it to an extreme amount. The fall in your blood pressure due to the consumption of alcohol only takes place when you intake alcohol in a controlled amount. Taking a huge amount of alcohol and drinking excessively will increase your blood pressure. You do not have to do it a number of times to get a high blood pressure; just one instance of this combination will be enough. If you are on medication to control your blood pressure, no matter high blood pressure or low, you should be extra careful with your alcohol intake. This surely means that you should only drink 2 to 3 times a day and not more than 14 units of alcohol per week. This is the maximum allowed limit. A person suffering from blood pressure should try to eliminate alcohol from his life completely.


When it comes to the intake of alcohol, drowsiness is an obvious side effect. When you’re consuming lisinopril, it will reduce your blood pressure, thus causing dizzy spells. Many people believe that dizziness is caused by medicine when, in reality, it is your lowered blood pressure that is causing it. Alcohol is a depressant which can also cause drowsiness. Alcohol makes you dehydrated, and when you are consuming it with lisinopril, you’re already dehydrated. Thus it makes the situation much worse than normal.

Moreover, if you are working out or are on some special diets, you need to be extra careful about the entire issue. Lisinopril can decrease your sweating, which increases the risk of a heart stroke. This gets much worse if you’ve been drinking.

Weight Gain

Alcohol is one of the biggest reasons for weight gain, as it contains a huge amount of calories. Americans are one of the most obese nations in the world and the highest consumers of alcohol as well. When you are consuming too much alcohol, it makes you obese, and this will affect the blood pressure. Hence, when you consume alcohol with lisinopril, you are masking the effect of the drug. The drug will not work on bring your blood pressure down and hence you will likely suffer from cardiac diseases.

Liver Issues

Alcohol has a direct effect on the liver of the person. The access sugar in the alcohol affects the liver’s function and in worst cases, many alcoholics face liver failure. When lisinopril is consumed with alcohol, the strain on the liver is further increased, and this affects it more severely. The liver will find it extra hard to filter out toxins from the body and the more the toxins in the body, the more the chances of getting sick.

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The only way to get treated for such a condition is through a prescribed drug addiction treatment, which often includes individual or group therapy. It will help you in finding the problem and then finding a solution for it. If you have been consuming high amounts of alcohol for a very long time, stopping the consumption abruptly will result in high blood pressure. This can be a symptom of alcohol withdrawal. These symptoms can vary largely from one person to another. This is why it is imperative to get in touch with a professional who can help you in getting rid of your addiction through proper means.

Our recovery centers have, over the years, worked with many patients and have brought them back to life. There is nothing to be ashamed in reaching out to an expert and discussing your addiction. Reach out to our professionals and get your addiction treatment plan today.



Valerie Tecci, Program Director

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