Q:

My doctor has recently switched me to Lisinopril and Hydrochlorozide and I am experiencing an annoying, persistent cough. I read the printout and spoke with a pharmacist and understand this is a known side effect.

Does this diminish in time? It is very disruptive.

A:

You need to talk to your doctor about changing your medicine.  It is unlikely your cough will get better.  You may be able to take a different drug in the same class, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), without getting the cough as a side effect.  The cough can take a few weeks to go away once Lisinopril is stopped.

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