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I am on 40 miligrams of lisinopril...I have a swollen ankle

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I am on 40 miligrams of lisinopril...I have a swollen ankle and as a result of my walking on it my knee is now swollen...may I take lisinopril to reduce the swelling
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?
Customer: I am sorry...I meant may I take advil to reduce swelling
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: no...joints knees are fine no ligament or tendon issues...cartilage fine...
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 2 months ago.

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I have read your post and observations about the swelling in your ankle, and the question about using lisinopril to help with the swelling. I will first provide a summary answer to your question, AND, if you would prefer some additional back-and-forth, with additional questions and more details clarified, I'm more than happy to stay around with you, free of any additional cost to you. You can continue to ask questions and receive answers without additional charges.

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Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 2 months ago.

In brief, lisinopril does not work as a systemic anti-inflammatory, and would not likely help with the swelling in your ankle Instead, one could think that lisinopril works with "valves" within the kidney, to help your whole body manage the volume of water inside the body... it works over the long-term, and would not pick off swelling preferentially from your ankle. A better option to consider would be either elevation (using gravity to help the fluid come down to your heart), an appropriate systemic antiinflammatory medication (naproxen or iburprofen are typical choices, but may interact with your kidneys and lisinopril, so may not be appropriate for you), or the use of ice on the ankle to help with the swelling physically and locally.

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