lisinopril (as dihydrate)
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about ZINOPRIL.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking
to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
ZINOPRIL against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What ZINOPRIL is used for
ZINOPRIL lowers high blood pressure, called hypertension. It is also used to treat
heart failure and patients who have just had a heart attack.
Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all around your body.
Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day, depending on how
busy or worried you are. You have hypertension (high blood pressure) when your blood
pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm and relaxed. There are
usually no symptoms of hypertension. The only way of knowing that you have hypertension
is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure
is not treated it can lead to serious health problems. You may feel fine and have
no symptoms, but eventually hypertension can cause stroke, heart disease and kidney
ZINOPRIL helps to lower your blood pressure.
Heart failure means that the heart muscle cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply
all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack
and does not mean that the heart stops working.
Heart failure may start off with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients
may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such
as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect
in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.
ZINOPRIL helps to treat heart failure and may improve your symptoms. One of the ways
ZINOPRIL helps heart failure is that it widens the blood vessels, so that the heart
does not have to pump as hard to move the blood around the body. This also means that
when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, the heart may
cope better so you may not get short of breath as easily.
When used to treat heart failure, ZINOPRIL is almost always used with other medicines
called diuretics or fluid tablets. These medicines help the kidney to get rid of excess
fluid from the body.
A heart attack occurs when one of the major blood vessels supplying blood to the heart
muscle becomes blocked. As a result of the blockage, the heart does not receive the
oxygen it needs and the heart muscle is damaged. This damage may lead to further complications
such as heart failure, irregular heart rhythms and blood clots.
In some patients, ZINOPRIL may help to prevent some complications of heart attack,
such as heart failure.
ZINOPRIL belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)
Your doctor may prescribe ZINOPRIL for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have
any questions about why ZINOPRIL has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
ZINOPRIL is not addictive.
Before you take ZINOPRIL
When you must not take it
Do not take ZINOPRIL if:
you have taken any medicines called 'ACE-inhibitors' before and have had allergic
reactions with swelling of the hands, feet, or ankles, the face, lips, tongue and/or
throat with difficulty in swallowing or breathing or if you or a member of your family
have had a similar reaction
If you or a family member has had an allergic reaction to an ACE inhibitor before,
you may be allergic to ZINOPRIL
you have an allergy to lisinopril (the active ingredient in ZINOPRIL) or any of the
ingredients in ZINOPRIL listed at the end of this leaflet
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to ZINOPRIL may include skin rash, itchiness,
difficulty breathing or swallowing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
you are pregnant or breast-feeding
Your baby may absorb this medicine in the womb or from breast milk and therefore there
is a possibility of harm to the baby.
you or a member of your family has a history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue,
throat, hands or feet, for no apparent reason
you are undergoing haemodialysis
you are taking a blood pressure medicine containing aliskiren and you have diabetes
you are taking a blood pressure medicine containing aliskiren and you have kidney
Do not take ZINOPRIL after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack or if the packaging
is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal. If you
are not sure whether you should start taking ZINOPRIL, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any of the following medical
kidney problems or are undergoing dialysis
low blood pressure (you may notice this as faintness or dizziness, especially when
aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aorta), renal stenosis (narrowing of the renal artery)
or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an increase in the thickness of the heart muscle)
diarrhoea or vomiting
any other medical condition.
Tell your doctor if you are following a very low salt diet.
Tell your doctor if you are going to receive desensitization treatment for an allergy,
e.g., insect stings etc.
The desensitisation treatment reduces the effects of the allergy (e.g. honey bee or
wasp stings) but sometimes it can cause a more severe allergic reaction if you are
taking an ACE inhibitor during the desensitisation treatment.
Tell your doctor if you are taking medicines called mTOR inhibitors (such as temsirolimus,
everolimus, sirolimus) or medicines containing NEP inhibitors (such as racecadotril).
Taking these medicines with ZINOPRIL may increase the risk of angioedema.
Signs of angioedema include swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat with
difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
ZINOPRIL is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
ZINOPRIL should not be used while breastfeeding or if planning to breastfeed.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and ZINOPRIL may interfere with each other.
medicines used to treat high blood pressure or heart problems called angiotensin II
receptor blockers, such as candesartan, valdesartan, telmisartan, olmesartan or irbesartan.
other medicines used to treat high blood pressure including any that contain aliskiren
(see also information under the heading "When you must not take it")
diuretic tablets - also called fluid or water tablets
lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of mental disorders
potassium tablets, salt substitutes containing potassium or other medicines which
can increase potassium in your body.
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat arthritis and muscle pain,
such as indometacin , naproxen or ibuprofen
heparin, a medicine used to prevent blood clots
a medicine used to treat infection containing sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, also
known as co-trimoxazole
gold injections (such as sodium aurothiomalate) usually used to treat rheumatoid arthritis
insulin or other medicines used to treat diabetes (e.g. vildagliptin)
medicines used to break down blood clots such as alteplase or reteplase
medicines called mTOR inhibitors (such as temsirolimus, everolimus, sirolimus or medicines
containing NEP inhibitors (such as racecadotril). (See also information under the
heading "Before you start to take it")
These medicines may be affected by ZINOPRIL or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take
How to take ZINOPRIL
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day. This depends
on your condition and whether you are taking other medicines.
Take ZINOPRIL only when prescribed by your doctor.
For high blood pressure:
For most patients, the usual starting dose is 5 mg to 10 mg taken once a day.
Some patients may need a lower starting dose. The dose may need to be increased depending
on your blood pressure.
Most patients take between 10 mg to 20 mg each day, taken once a day.
For heart failure:
The usual starting dose is 2.5 mg taken once a day.
Depending on your response, this dose may need to be increased.
The usual dose is between 5 mg to 20mg each day, taken once a day.
For heart attack:
ZINOPRIL may be started within 24 hours of the onset of the symptoms of heart attack.
The usual starting dose is 5 mg, which is followed 24 hours later by another 5 mg
This is then followed 48 hours later by a 10 mg dose, and then 10 mg taken once a
day thereafter. Some patients may need a lower starting and maintenance dose.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from
the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water or other fluid.
Do not crush or chew the tablets.
When to take it
ZINOPRIL is usually taken once a day.
Take your ZINOPRIL at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take ZINOPRIL before or after food.
How long to take it
Continue taking ZINOPRIL for as long as your doctor tells you to.
ZINOPRIL helps control your high blood pressure and helps improve your heart failure
but does not cure it. Therefore, ZINOPRIL must be taken every day. It is important
to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next
dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine
as you would normally.
If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you have trouble remembering your dose, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13
11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you
think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ZINOPRIL. Do this even if there
are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you take too many tablets you will probably feel light-headed or dizzy, or you
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are using ZINOPRIL
Things you must do
Have your blood pressure checked when your doctor says to make sure ZINOPRIL is working.
Tell your doctor immediately if you feel any light-headedness or dizziness after you
take your first dose of ZINOPRIL of if your dose is increased.
This is especially important if you are taking ZINOPRIL for heart failure.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, get up slowly when getting out of bed or
You may feel light-headed or dizzy, especially if you are also taking a diuretic (fluid
tablet). This is because your blood pressure is falling suddenly.
Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your
body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem gets worse
or continues, talk to your doctor.
If you become pregnant while taking ZINOPRIL, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking ZINOPRIL.
If you plan to have surgery (even at the dentist) that needs a general anaesthetic,
tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking ZINOPRIL.
Your blood pressure may drop suddenly during surgery.
Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are taking
ZINOPRIL, especially if you sweat a lot.
If you do not drink enough water while taking ZINOPRIL, you may faint or feel light-headed
or sick. This is because your blood pressure is dropping suddenly. If you continue
to feel unwell, tell your doctor.
If you have excessive vomiting and/ or diarrhoea while taking ZINOPRIL, tell your
This can result in you losing too much water and may drop your blood pressure too
Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Your doctor may occasionally do a blood test to check your potassium level in the
blood and see how your kidneys are working.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this
It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking ZINOPRIL or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.
If you stop taking it suddenly, your condition may worsen or you may have unwanted
If possible, your doctor will gradually reduce the amount you take each day before
stopping the medicine completely.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not give ZINOPRIL to anyone else even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not use ZINOPRIL to treat other complaints unless your doctor says to.
Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without
first telling your doctor or consulting a pharmacist.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ZINOPRIL affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness (light-headedness) or tiredness in some people,
especially after the first dose or if the dose is increased. Make sure you know how
you react to ZINOPRIL before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else
that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. If you drink alcohol, dizziness
or light- headedness may be worse.
Things that would be helpful for your blood pressure or heart failure
Some self-help measures suggested below may help your condition. Talk to your doctor
or pharmacist about these measures and for more information.
Alcohol - your doctor may advise you to limit your alcohol intake.
Diet - eat a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread,
cereals and fish. Also eat less fat and sugar.
Exercise - regular exercise helps to reduce blood pressure and helps the heart get
fitter, but it is important not to overdo it. Walking is good exercise but try to
find a route that is fairly flat. Before starting any exercise, ask your doctor about
the best kind of programme for you.
Salt - your doctor may advise you to watch the amount of salt in your diet. To reduce
your salt intake, you should avoid using salt in cooking or at the table.
Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down.
Weight - your doctor may suggest losing some weight to help lower your blood pressure
and help lessen the amount of work your heart has to do. Some people may need a dietician's
help to lose weight. Know warning signs of heart attack and what to do:
Tightness, fullness, pressure, squeezing, heaviness or pain in your chest, neck, jaw,
throat, shoulders, arms or back.
You may also have difficulty breathing or have a cold sweat or feel dizzy or light
headed or feel like vomiting (or actually vomit).
If you have heart attack warning signs that are severe, get worse or last for 10 minutes
even if they are mild, call triple zero (000). Every minute counts.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking ZINOPRIL
This medicine helps most people with heart failure or hypertension, but it may have
unwanted side effects in some people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
light-headedness or dizziness
mild stomach upsets such as feeling sick, diarrhoea, or stomach pains
hair loss or thinning
changes in the way things taste
feeling sleepy or difficulty in going to sleep, strange dreams
running nose or sinus pain
changes in the way things smell
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually
mild and short-lived but may be serious.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
changes in the way your heart beats, for example if you notice it beating faster
itchy skin rash, psoriasis or other skin problems
sign of frequent or worrying infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat
or mouth ulcers
tingling or numbness of the hands and feet
passing less urine than is normal for you
bruising more easily than normal
severe abdominal pain
yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice
signs of dehydration such as nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, headache, drowsiness
seeing, feeling or hearing things that are not there
The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious
side are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking ZINOPRIL and tell your doctor immediately
or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
chest pain, angina
swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, which may cause difficulty in
swallowing or breathing
wheeziness due to tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing
collapse, numbness or weakness of arms or legs
pinkish, itchy swellings on the skin also called hives or nettle rash
The above list includes very serious side effects. If you have them you may had a
serious allergic reaction to ZINOPRIL. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
These side effects are very rare.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some
people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell,
even if it is not on this list.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
After using ZINOPRIL
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep ZINOPRIL in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave
it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep ZINOPRIL where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking ZINOPRIL, or the tablets have passed their
expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
What it looks like
ZINOPRIL comes in 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg tablet strengths.
5 mg: light pink coloured, circular, biconvex, uncoated tablets with "5" embossed
and break line on one side and "BL" embossing on other side
10 mg: light pink coloured, circular, biconvex, uncoated tablets with "10" embossing
on one side and "BL" embossing on the other side.
20 mg: pink coloured, circular, biconvex, uncoated tablets with "20" embossing on
one side and "BL" embossing on the other side.
ZINOPRIL comes in pack sizes of 28 tablets.
calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
Iron Oxide Red CI77491 (E code 172)
This medicine does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo
ZINOPRIL is supplied in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30 - 34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Australian registration numbers:
ZINOPRIL 5 mg:
AUST R 152716
ZINOPRIL 10 mg:
AUST R 152717
ZINOPRIL 20 mg:
AUST R 152718
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