Re: Can I stop taking lisinopril?
How great that you have an optimistic and supportive doctor. I wish my doc were like that.
Iíve only been on lisinopril for six months and have not stopped yet, but thought my situation would be relevant anyway. My doc started me on 5mg back in May. At the same time, I started an exercise and diet program, and also learned some relaxation/breathing techniques. Within two months I was able to cut back on the dosage. I cut the pills in half, taking 2.5 daily (as opposed to taking 5 mg every other day, as you do- but basically we are on the same dosage). When I cut back, after 3-4 days my BP rose slightly. I spoke to a cardiac nurse and she said to give it a few weeks. Sure enough, a few weeks of continued diet and exercise later, BP went down again. I plan on stopping lisinopril entirely sometime soon, while being diligent about diet and exercise. 2.5/day is already a VERY low dose, so I am optimistic. From what I understand, lisinopril can be stopped without any major problems, as compared with other classes of BP drugs.