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A Zestril Injury and Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of taking Zestril, you should think about calling a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney is the one who may be able to help you or your loved one get the compensation that you deserve for your Zestril injury.

Zestril is the brand name for the drug lisinopril. Lisinopril is a drug of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor class. ACE inhibitors are drugs that block the formation of angiotensin II in your kidney. This results in the relaxation of your arteries. ACE inhibitors also promote the excretion of water and salt by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme.

This enzyme affects your cardiovascular system by narrowing your blood vessels and releasing hormones that can raise your blood pressure. The narrowing of your blood vessels can cause you to have high blood pressure and force your heart to have to work harder.

Lisinopril was developed by Merck & Co. It was approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 24, 1995. Throughout the world the drug is marketed as Prinivil or Tensopril. AstraZeneca markets the drug as Zestril. A generic version of the drug is available in the United States.

Zestril is used in the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, diabetic nephropathy and to improve survival following a heart attack. Zestril may be taken alone, or it may be taken in conjunction with other medications. It is often used in conjunction with the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Diuretics promote the production of urine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one third of the adult population of the United States are afflicted with high blood pressure (hypertension) and consequent health ailments. Approximately 70% of these people use medication like Zestril to treat their hypertension.

The problem is that Zestril may produce side effects that may result in life-threatening conditions. It can even prove to be fatal.

Zestril was responsible for the fifth highest number of side effect injuries in 2011, according to the QuarterWatch prescription drug surveillance report. In 2011, the FDA MedWatch program received a minimum of 351 doctor and consumer complaints concerning serious Zestril side effect injuries.

Also in 2011, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices that assesses, monitors and reports prescription drug side effect injuries quarterly and annually, found over 274 Zestril side effect injuries that were discovered by manufacturers during post-marketing surveys. As a result, Zestril carries a black box warning in regard to liver failure and serious angioedema (rapid swelling below the surface of your skin).

Possible Side Effects of Zestril

There are other potential, serious side effects of Zestril. Some of these are:

  • Hyponatremia (abnormally low level of sodium in your blood)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Neurological difficulties
  • Birth defects
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Chills, signs of infection
  • Impotence
  • Headache, tiredness, drowsiness
  • Nausea, diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating
  • Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes)
  • Blackouts, fainting
  • Muscle cramps

Again, if you or a loved one has been injured from taking Zestril, you should think about calling a personal injury attorney.