Lisinopril HCTZ

by on April 15, 2012

Lisinopril HCTZ is pretty much just a combination of Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide. In this combination it is also known as Zestoretic.

What is Lisinopril HCTZ?

The combination of hydrochlorothiazide and Lisinopril is used to treat hypertension. Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic-water pill that helps prevent the body from absorbing too much salt, which causes fluid retention.  Fluid retention refers to an excessive buildup of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body.

While taking this drug potassium supplements as well as salt substitutes must be avoided. Pregnant women must not consume lisinophil hctz. Allergic reactions include: severe stomach pain, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat. Serious side effects include high potassium, low potassium, jaundice, and swelling. Other side effects of this drug include but are not limited to dizziness when standing, general feelings of dizziness, cough, fatigue, headache etc.


Hydrochlorothiazide must be taken as prescribed by doctor as directions on label must be followed. It is supplied in three different strengths; 10 mg: 12.5 mg, 20 mg: 12.5 mg and 20 mg: 25 mg with a ration of Lisinopril to hydrochlorothiazide.

If you are prescribed this drug you should inform your doctor of any allergies you may have to Lisinopril or other ACE inhibitors such as captopril or benazepril. Speak of any type of allergic reaction you have ever had that caused swelling of the lips, tongue, face, and throat or if you have ever received desensitizing treatment for wasp or bee stings. You can also talk to your pharmacist about this matter.

If upon taking this combination drug you find yourself having allergic reactions such as mentioned above, contact your physician right away or go to the nearest emergency room if your doctor cannot be reached. Though extremely serious reactions to this drug are rare it is best to take the proper precautions at the first sign of an allergic reaction.