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How can I minimize the side effects of Zestril?

To minimize the side effects of Zestril (lisinopril), take it exactly as your doctor prescribes. Be sure to drink enough while taking Zestril, which treats high blood pressure and some heart conditions. Falling short on fluids (including by sweating excessively) while you're on Zestril may lower your blood pressure too much and make you dizzy or faint. You should also avoid salt substitutes because these can dangerously alter blood potassium levels if you use them while on this drug.

Before you start taking Zestril, give your doctor a complete medical history because some conditions can raise your risk of side effects. You should also tell your doctor about all your other medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary or herbal supplements. Zestril can interact with some of these, so your doctor may need to make adjustments. Once you're on Zestril, don't start a new medicine or supplement without letting your doctor know.

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