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What should I avoid while taking Prinivil?

If you are taking Prinivil (lisinopril) for high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or post–heart attack survival, avoid taking salt substitutes or medications that contain potassium. The combination can increase your blood levels of potassium, a condition known as hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia can cause fatal heart rhythms.

Avoid getting dehydrated and excessive sweating while you are taking Prinivil, as this can lead to low blood pressure, light-headedness and fainting.

Prinivil can cause drowsiness and dizziness. You should avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the drug will affect you. Alcohol increases these side effects of the medication, so you should avoid drinking it, if possible.

You should avoid becoming pregnant while taking Prinivil. The drug can cause serious harm, even death, to a developing fetus. Talk to your doctor about the best way to prevent pregnancy during your treatment.

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