Alcohol and Lisinopril: Interactions, Side Effects, and Dangers of Mixing
As with every medication, there are possible interactions, side effects, and dangers of mixing Lisinopril with other substances including alcohol.
Some of these interactions, side effects, and dangers of mixing are detailed below, including more specific information about the possible side effects of combining alcohol and Lisinopril.
Lisinopril is known as an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitor), which works by blocking a certain enzyme’s actions in the body. This enzyme is called ACE, and when lisinopril blocks the action of ACE, it creates a widening of the blood vessels so they can relax and blood can flow more easily. As your blood pressure in your vessels is reduced, it makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
Since Lisinopril lowers blood pressure, it can also be helpful in diabetic kidney disease, as it reduces protein loss through the kidneys. Lisinopril can also slow the progression of kidney disease and generally protect the kidneys.
Before exploring the relationship between alcohol and Lisinopril, what else should you know about this medicine?
First, people will often feel dizzy when they first start taking it, and it’s recommended that the first dose is taken at bedtime. Other possible side effects of Lisinopril can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills and digestive side effects.
Lisinopril is a generic medicine, and some of the brand name for it include Zestril and Prinivil. Usually, the side effects are mild.
Other than alcohol and Lisinopril, there are other possible major interactions, side effects and dangers of mixing that are noted with this medicine. People are warned to let their doctor know if they’re taking any other blood pressure drugs at the same time as lisinopril because it increases the chances for low blood pressure, high blood potassium, and kidney problems. You should let your doctor know if you’re taking diabetic drugs or diuretics as well, mood stabilizers, or drugs for pain.
If you do have diabetes and you take lisinopril you should make sure you check in with your doctor about how it can impact your blood sugar levels.
There is also a black box warning about pregnancy. According to the FDA, you shouldn’t take this drug if you’re planning to become pregnant or are currently pregnant because it can be fatal to an unborn baby.
However, there are some things to know about lisinopril and alcohol.
First, when you combine lisinopril and alcohol, it can reduce the drug’s effectiveness.
Studies have been done to look at the relationship between alcohol and lisinopril, and they have shown that drinking too much alcohol is a common reason for high blood pressure and it can make the problems worse than what the medicine is being used to treat. A possible inverse effect of alcohol and lisinopril is blood pressure that’s too low.
Sometimes when you drink alcohol and lisinopril is in your system it can cause your blood pressure to drop to the point where you experience symptoms like dizziness. If your blood pressure drops too low, it can lead to fainting or other serious side effects.
Dizziness can be not just a symptom of combining alcohol and lisinopril but alcohol or lisinopril on their own as well. That means that the combination of alcohol and lisinopril can exacerbate these symptoms even more. If you’ve noticed that lisinopril makes you dizzy without alcohol you’re advised to avoid combining it with alcohol. Since alcohol and lisinopril can also make blood pressure higher, it can make the problem of heart failure worse in people who are taking it and have this condition.
You should never drive or operate machinery while drinking alcohol, and that’s especially true for alcohol and lisinopril since the symptoms of both substances can be amplified when they’re combined.
To sum up, what are the possible interactions, side effects, and dangers of mixing alcohol and lisinopril? It’s not advised that you mix alcohol and lisinopril for any reason because of the effects alcohol can have on your blood pressure, including making it drop too low or go too high. There is also the risk of increased dizziness and a risk of fainting when you mix alcohol and lisinopril. Ultimately you should always speak with your doctors about your medical history and any possible interactions, side effects and dangers of mixing alcohol and lisinopril, and you should always know how you react to the medicine as well.
Have more questions about Alcohol abuse?Read the most frequently asked questions
See alsoSee more topics
Seeking addiction treatment can feel overwhelming. We know the struggle, which is why we're uniquely qualified to help.
Your call is confidential, and there's no pressure to commit to treatment until you're ready. As a voluntary facility, we're here to help you heal -- on your terms. Our sole focus is getting you back to the healthy, sober life you deserve, and we are ready and waiting to answer your questions or concerns 24/7.Speak with an Intake Coordination Specialist now.352.771.2700