ACE inhibitors like lisinopril cause weakness, tiredness and a host of other side-effects.
Many people with high blood pressure are prescribed angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor drugs, such as Lisinopril. However, a study published in the medical journal Toxicology International found that Lisinopril has a number of side-effects, all of which contribute to feelings of weakness and tiredness.
In fact, most blood pressure medications suppress the nervous system and drain the body of valuable and necessary nutrients reducing energy and causing fatigue. According to online resource The People’s Pharmacy®, at least 100 million prescriptions are filled for ACE inhibitors each year. A press release by biotech company, polyDNA, says that this means that “there are over 100 million people in the United States that may experience extreme fatigue as a side effect of their blood pressure medications.”
In the early 1990s, Lisinopril was the third ACE inhibitor to hit the market after Captopril and Enalapril. Its differential properties from others ACE inhibitors are that it is hydrophilic, has a long half-life and tissue penetration, and is not metabolized by the liver.
According WebMD, some Lisinopril side-effects are serious and require immediate medical attention, include: chills, signs of infection, dark urine, decreased urination (oliguria), difficulty swallowing or breathing (signs of angioedema), allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), hoarseness, itching, yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice), abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting, chest pain or tightness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting (syncope), dry cough, fever, joint pain, rash, diarrhea, nausea, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, muscle cramps, fainting/blackouts, serious (possibly fatal) liver problems, and impotence.
Lisinopril also causes the kidneys to retain potassium, which may lead to hyperkalemia. One study of more than 1,000 patients developed hyperkalemia when using it, especially among older male users.
The above list should be an incentive for people with high blood pressure to make a concerted effort to try lifestyle changes, like exercise and diet, as well as natural treatments, like RESPeRATE ─ the first medical device that has been clinically proven to successfully treat hypertension. RESPeRATE, which is FDA-cleared, also relaxes constricted blood vessels to lower blood pressure, but manages to do so through guided breathing exercises instead of drugs.