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Am 52 year old female, heavy smoker, take 30 mg lisinopril

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Am 52 year old female, heavy smoker, take 30 mg lisinopril upon waking for hypertension. Today & yesterday devolped severe dizziness within 1/2 hour of taking medication. This symptom gets better as the day passes. Could it be the dosage is too high?

I prefer to avoid the ER because I also have Glycogen Storage Disease Type IX and really don't feel like being the experimental Guina Pig. I can see my primary on Monday. Thanks.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 7 months ago.

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I understand your concern

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lisinopril is usually started out at 10-20 mg and then titrated up to 40mg

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but if you are having symptoms 30 minutes after the medication, it is possible that it is too high for you

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as long as you are not having chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness at other times, I think that you can wait to see your doctor on monday

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but if you do have other concerning symptoms, then you do need to go to the ER :-)

Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 7 months ago.
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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Sorry, had to answer a call. Was on a lower dosage but level was raised last December because of high stress situation. No shortness of breath,etc. will check blood pressure at drug store later. And follow up with primary Monday. Didn't want to bother GSD doc. And if I call the BC/BS nurse - they'll just say go to the ER because of liability issues. Thanks, Elizabeth
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 7 months ago.
I understand.
I am an ER doctor.
I don't think that you need to go in unless you have concerning symptoms.
Take the lower dose again and contact your doctor on Monday :-)

I hope that this helped.

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