Question re: Lisinopril & Sulfa Allergy/side effects
My new doctor (since old dr. wouldn't listen to complaints about BP med side effects)... has prescribed me Lisinopril. When I got the Rx filled and researched (this site and others) about side effects, I read that if you are allergic to Sulfa (which I am), you are more likely to have the "swelling" side effect that some people have on this med - the one that apparently is life threatening. So, I am scared to take it (haven't yet). Does anyone know if those allergic to Sulfa might be more prone to this side effect? I called the pharmacist and he said "perhaps a slight increased risk, but take it and see how you react".
Also, told the new dr how the old dr had prescribed Benazepril and pamphlet from pharmacy said you shouldn't take with ibuprofen, aspirin....(which I do as I get migraines). Old dr said not to worry, but he wasn't sure why it said that...that there are warnings on everything. So, I called the pharmacist who told me that you can't those pain meds with benazepril because it will make the benazepril ineffective. So, I switched dr's and told the new doc the entire story, and what did she do? Prescribed me Lisinopril, which has the exact same warning on the patient info pamphlet.
Anyone know about these 2 issues with Lisinopril (taking with pain meds and the sulfa allergy/swelling issue)?
BTW, I was recently diagnosed with high BP, and have so far been on Micardis (too many side effects with higher dose) and then Methyldopa. I also have an enlarged heart due to undiagnosed high BP.