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Does anyone take this? I just got the script today<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> I knew it was going to happen eventually but I'm still bummed. I'm going to start with a low dosage 2.5 mg/day and my Dr agrees that I shouldn't start until 1 week after the marathon. If you have any personal exp with this type of drug I would really appreciate knowing any side effects and any effect on my running. Obviously I'm going to start researching the med b/f I take it but would love to hear from someone with personal experience. Thanks
 

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Hi Kruss,<br><br>
I take 10 mg of lisinopril to help me with slightly elevated blood pressure along with taking some stress off my kidneys from spilling a tiny amount of protein into my urine because of being a type 1 diabetic for over 20 years.<br><br>
I haven't had any trouble with side effects nor have I been able to tease out any evidence of effect upon my running.<br><br>
The most frequent side effect that people are unable to tolerate is that the various -prils is that some people develop a cough.
 

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Oh, I see, Prinivil is the brand name version of lisinopril. I'd suggest that if you harbor no reservations about using generics and especially if it's advantageous to your insurance copays that you ask about using the generic form over the brand name.
 

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Scratch-Thanks for the info. This doesn't look like it's too bad as HBP medicines go. There does seem like there could be some issues with electrolyte imbalances (potassium) which is only really a problem with the longer runs. It does advice against using potassium supplements and I do drink pretty much gatorade on LRs so I'll have to check with my Dr on that one. Definately seems managable just going to have to be a little more careful. Damn I hate getting old....
 

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If I remember correctly, I started off with a low dose, 2.5 mg, and I believe many doctors prescribe that low dose first to test that you can tolerate it without side effect like the cough. That is, people who are prone to developing a cough on one of the -prils will cough on a low dose.<br><br>
If you tolerate the 2.5 mg with no adverse effect, then you will probably increase to a dose of 5 mg.
 

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Ace Inhibitors didn't work well for me so my doctor put me on Diovan (160mg) which keeps my blood pressure within reason. Without the Diovan it stays dangerously high despite a very low salt diet and exercise.
 

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Hi kruss!<br><br>
I started out with 5 mg lisinopril in June, and now I'm using 10 mg. No side effects. Well no <i>bad</i> side effects anyway. From what I can understand about how ACE inhibitors work, one of the things they cause is an increase in the volume of blood the heart can pump. I can't for sure say this is the reason, but after being on lisinopril for three weeks, my 1/2 marathon PR dropped over 3 minutes (to 1:29:14) without any increase in intensity of training. I've also noticed that my long run "conversational" pace has dropped from around 8:00/mi to about 7:45/mi. When I analyze these results, the only significant change I can point to is being put on ACE inhibitors.
 

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So what your saying is there may be a silver lining? Maybe I should start this before my marathon<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Hmmmm.....
 

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I'm on two meds: a calcium channel blocker and lisinopril. I find the side effects to be mild or nonexistent. The only thing I do is cycle them down just before a race. I find the 48 hours after a race has my BP depressed by 20 points.
 

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Yeah, there could be that silver lining to it. We all keep getting older and we can't get away with some of the things we could when younger, eh?
 

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I'm taking 20mg of Lisinopril and have been for nearly two years now. I started taking it during the height of my marathon training and have had no adverse effects. Actually, I would be in bad shape without taking it, for my blood pressure was so high that it was leaving me with headaches that sidelined me for days on end. I have never felt better and I've been spared the headaches I used to get. My BP is in a fantastic range to date.<br><br>
Now if only I could have better results for my asthma that's getting worse by day...<br><br>
Good luck. I hope you get it under control soon.
 

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One other nice thing about it: it tends to be protective of the kidneys. Marathoners and ultrarunners are arguably subjecting their kidneys to a lot of stress. It might help there.
 
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