Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- chest pain
Listril may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Q: I do well on generic Listril manufactured by Watson, but Walgreens just changed my prescription to a generic produced by Lupin. I tried that brand but my blood pressure was all over the place. Where else can I get my prescription filled with the Watson generic again?
A: Many retail pharmacies change the manufacturer of medications they carry on a regular basis. This is due to corporate offices determining the most cost-effective medications to carry in their stores. However, if you want a particular manufacturer of a medication, it is best to ask if they can order that particular one. Sometimes manufacturers discontinue making a particular generic medication, so it is possible over time that medication will no longer be available. The only way to find out if a store carries a certain manufacturer is to call them. If they do not carry the manufacturer you request, most pharmacies will be able to order specific manufacturers for their customers if necessary.
Q: When I'm sleeping and have to urinate I tend to break out into a sweat. I take Listril. Could this be causing this?
A: Listril (Prinivil, Zestril) belongs to a group of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Listril is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure) and is sometimes used to improve the survival rate after a heart attack. Listril blocks an enzyme in the body that causes the tightening of blood vessels. After the blood vessels relax, the blood pressure will lower and increase oxygen to the heart. This allows the heart to not have to work as hard. Listril can be taken with or without food and at any time of the day. Avoid alcohol while taking Listril because it can further lower blood pressure. Also, do not eat foods high in salt or take potassium supplements unless directed by the doctor. Common side effects associated with Listril include drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea and cough. According to the prescribing information, frequent urination or excessive sweating were not reported as side effects of Listril. It is important to tell your doctor about any side effects you may be experiencing from a medication. Never stop a medication without first consulting with the healthcare provider. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
Before taking Listril, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other ACE inhibitors (such as benazepril); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: history of an allergic reaction which included swelling of the face/lips/tongue/throat (angioedema), blood filtering procedures (such as LDL apheresis, dialysis), high level of potassium in the blood.
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Too much sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause loss of too much body water (dehydration) and increase your risk of lightheadedness. Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor. Be sure to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This product may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness and increases in potassium level.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details. (See also Warning section.)
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Can Listril cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with Listril. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
Q: Does Listril cause hair loss ?
A: Listril is in a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. The most common side effects of Listril include cough, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, and mild skin itching or rash. According to the prescribing information for Prinivil (Listril), alopecia or hair loss has been reported. Hair loss is listed as either uncommon (occurring in less than 1% of patients) or possibly drug related in post-marketing experience. Post-marketing experience is after the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In post-marketing experience, patients voluntarily report side effects. Because it is voluntary, not everyone decides to report if they have the side effect. So, it is hard to know how often the side effect occurs. It is also hard to know if it is caused by the drug or by some other reason. This is different from side effects reported during clinical trials before the drug is approved by the FDA. In clinical trials, researchers have tight control over how side effects are reported and can determine whether they are likely related to the drug or not. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Listril. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Tell your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or local pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications. Sarah Lewis, RPh
Q: What do I need to do if a take double my dose of Zestril for high blood pressure? Instead of 40 mg, I took 80 mg? My last BP was 128/78.
A: Zestril (Listril) belongs to a group of medications called ACE inhibitors. Zestril (Listril) is indicated for the treatment of high blood pressure and sometimes is used to improve the survival rate after a heart attack. Zestril blocks enzymes in the body that usually cause the tightening of blood vessels. After the blood vessels relax, the blood pressure will lower and increase oxygen to the heart. This allows the heart to not have to work as hard. Zestril can be taken with or without food but preferably at the same time everyday. If too much medication is taken, seek medical attention if you start to experience extreme dizziness, light-headedness or feel like fainting. //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Listril. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your medications and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Also keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your health care provider and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Kimberly Hotz, PharmD
Taking too much Listril would most likely lead to low blood pressure.
Symptoms of a Listril overdose could include:
If you or someone else has symptoms of an overdose, call a poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
If someone collapses or isn't breathing, call 911.