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Lisinopril (By mouth)

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Also given to reduce the risk of death after a heart attack. This medicine is an ACE inhibitor.

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Lisinopril is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart, and kidneys resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood… Read more
Brand names include
Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril
Drug classes About this
Antihypertensive, Cardiovascular Agent, Renal Protective Agent
Combinations including this drug

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials on effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors on cancer risk

The renin-angiotensin system is an important mediator of tumor progression and metastasis. A recent meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials reported an increased risk of cancer with angiotensin receptor blockers. It is unknown whether angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may have a similar effect. Our primary objective was to determine the effect of ACE inhibitors on cancer occurrence and cancer death. Our secondary objective was to determine the effect of ACE inhibitors on occurrence of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers given previous concerns of increased risk. Systematic searches of SCOPUS (covering MEDLINE, EMBASE, and other databases) and the Food and Drug Administration official web site were conducted for all randomized controlled trials of ACE inhibitors. Trials with ≥1 year of follow-up and enrolling a minimum of 100 patients were included. Fourteen trials reported cancer data in 61,774 patients. This included 10 trials of 59,004 patients providing information on cancer occurrence, 7 trials of 37,515 patients for cancer death, and 5 trials including 23,291 patients for GI cancer. ACE inhibitor therapy did not have an effect on occurrence of cancer (I(2) 0%, risk ratio [RR] 1.01, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.95 to 1.07, p = 0.78), cancer death (I(2) 0%, RR 1.00, 95% CI 0.88 to 1.13, p = 0.95), or GI cancer (RR 1.09, 95% CI 0.88 to 1.35, p = 0.43). In conclusion, ACE inhibitors did not significantly increase or decrease occurrence of cancer or cancer death. There was also no significant difference in risk of GI cancer.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs), Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs), and Direct Renin Inhibitors for Treating Essential Hypertension: An Update [Internet]

A 2007 comparative effectiveness review (CER) evaluated the long-term benefits and harms of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) versus angiotensin II receptor blockers/antagonists (ARBs) for treating essential hypertension in adults. Since then, significant additional research has been published comparing these agents, and direct renin inhibitors (DRIs) have been introduced to the market. We sought to update 2007 CER on ACEIs versus ARBs and expand this to include comparisons with DRIs.

Drug Class Review: Direct Renin Inhibitors, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, and Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers: Final Report [Internet]

The renin-angiotensin system is a complex biologic system between the heart, brain, blood vessels, and kidneys that leads to the production of biologically active agents, including angiotensin I and II and aldosterone, which act together to impact a variety of bodily functions including blood vessel tone, sodium balance, and glomerular filtration pressure. The multiple and varied effects of these agents allows the renin-angiotensin system to play a wide role in the pathology of hypertension, cardiovascular health, and renal function. Our ability to begin to intervene upon the complex cycle of hormone and other biochemical agent production within the renin-angiotensin system began with the advent of the first orally active ACE-I (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor), captopril, in 1981. AIIRAs (angiotensin II receptor blockers) were developed as an alternative to ACE-I, and block the interaction between angiotensin II and the angiotensin receptor. Losartan, the first commercially available AIIRA, was approved for clinical use in 1995. The goal of this report is to compare the effectiveness and harms between aliskiren and placebo and between AIIRAs and ACEIs in the treatment of diagnosed coronary heart disease, hypertension, left ventricular dysfunction, heart failure, nondiabetic chronic kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy.

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Summaries for consumers

Choosing Medicines for High Blood Pressure: A Review of the Research on ACEIs, ARBs, and DRIs

You will learn what research says about three types of medicine for high blood pressure, how well they work, how they compare to each other, and their side effects. This information can help you talk with your doctor as you decide which ACEI, ARB, or DRI is best for you.

ACE inhibitors for the treatment of high blood pressure

The class of drugs called ACE inhibitors is commonly used for the treatment of elevated blood pressure. This class includes drugs such as ramipril (brand name: Altace), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and quinapril (Accupril). We asked how much this class of drugs lowers blood pressure and whether there is a difference between individual drugs within the class. The available scientific literature was searched to find all the trials that had assessed this question.

Comparing ACE Inhibitors and related drugs

How do ACE inhibitors, AIIRAs, and DRIs compare in effectiveness?

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