What is Lisinopril?
Lisinopril is a class of drugs used in treating high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. We can also use this to treat heart failure. Lisinopril is known as an ACE (Angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor. It acts by relaxing blood vessels, and blood can flow with more ease.
How Lisinopril works?
ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors are used in treating heart failure and high blood pressure. This drug is generally one of the first-line treatments in lowering high blood pressure. Lisinopril acts by widening the blood vessels. In this way, it increases blood flow in the whole body. It increases the blood flow to the penis as well.
What are the reported side effects of Lisinopril?
Patients using Lisinopril may experience dizziness, fatigue, diarrhea, chest pain, and dry cough. But a few researchers report erectile dysfunction (ED) as a side effect of Lisinopril. Because Lisinopril increases blood flow throughout the human body, erectile dysfunction is one of the rare side effects. Less than 1% of men taking Lisinopril report that they experienced Erectile Dysfunction as a side effect.
So, what is happening in less than 1% of patients experiencing ED while taking Lisinopril?
In some cases, it means that Lisinopril is not controlling blood pressure fully. High blood pressure may cause problems with blood flow to the penis, increasing the risk for Erectile Dysfunction.
Moreover, patients can experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction if they are taking Lisinopril in combination with some other medications causing erectile dysfunction. Such drugs include antihistamines or antidepressants.
Besides, some other blood pressure medications, including beta-blockers and diuretics, may also lead to Erectile Dysfunction as a side effect. These drugs are often taken with Lisinopril to get better results in controlling hypertension.
If someone claims of experiencing Erectile Dysfunction with an ACE inhibitor, consult your doctor about alternatives that do not cause Erectile Dysfunction.
Sildenafil and Lisinopril
Sildenafil can also add to the blood pressure-lowering effect of Lisinopril. Consider consulting your doctor if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of low blood pressure. Such symptoms include lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing, fainting, headache, or a rapid heart rate or pulse rate.
In such cases, ask to try an erectile dysfunction drug like avanafil (Stendra), tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis), sildenafil (Viagra), or vardenafil (Staxyn, Levitra).
Be sure to take these drugs when your blood pressure is at a controlled level. These drugs are not good for men with untreated high blood pressure levels. They are not safe for those taking alpha-blockers, even men taking nitrate drugs for treating heart disease.
Lisinopril and Libido
Within males and females, it can decrease sexual desire. However, from what is known about the clitoris, it is similar to the penis in its erection, so it would not be uncommon to have orgasm difficulties while on Lisinopril.
Lisinopril and Cialis
Sildenafil can enhance the blood pressure-lowering effect of Lisinopril. Consult your doctor if you notice any signs and symptoms of low blood pressure. Such symptoms may include a rapid pulse or heart rate, lightheadedness, dizziness, flushing, or fainting headache.