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Old 02-08-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

Hello,
I've been using 10 mg of lisinopril daily for about 3 years. It's the only drug I take. With the exception of cramps that lasted a few days when I first started the drug, I've never had other side effects.

However, for the past 3 weeks, I've had a cough that I just can't get rid of. This cough definitely started because I got sick (I went to the dr.). However, I've never had a persistent cough this long. I don't have a fever. I cough up a lot of phlegm still, but the severity of my cough is less severe than when I first got sick. Taking an expectorant helps.

I was just curious if you guys think my cough might be related to the lisinopril rather than an illness at this point. I'm not asking for a diagnosis, but I would like to hear from people who are familiar with the cough side effect from ace inhibitors. Perhaps, you can tell me what the cough is like and how you realized the cough was a drug-related side effect rather than a symptom of an illness.

cheers.

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

I think the cough side effect associated with ace inhibitors is a "dry cough", since you mentioned you are still coughing up phlegm its probably related to your recent illness.
You might still have a lingering infection, it might be wise to go back to the doctor.

What color is the phlegm? It should be white or clear, if its any other color it might be the sign of something more serious.

 
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

Throat clearing or cough is a side effect of Lisinopril. I'm on it and have the same issue. I take a Sudafed every day as my insurance situation is such that I need to stay on the Lisinopril ($4 at Walmart) for the time being.

 
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

I believe Ace Inhibitors make coughs and congestion worse. A side effect of many Ace Inhibitors/ARB blockers is "Upper Respiratory Tract Infections".

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Old 02-09-2010, 02:23 PM   #5
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

thanks guys. The phlegm is clear. I hope the cough isn't a side effect of the ace inhibitors because I tried a few different types of drugs before settling with ace inhibitors. CCB's and diuretics were intolerable to me because of the side effects.

I'll probably give myself a week to get better and then I'll go back to the dr.

 
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

Just a reminder to people here, people with high blood pressure should be careful what types of cough and cold medicine they take because some of them can raise your blood pressure, such as Sudafed. Coricidin HBP is specially formulated for people with high blood pressure.

 
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

someone on this thread shared a secret as to how to get rid of that pesty dry cough from Ace inhibitors but I cannot remember who it was. I read it several months ago...

 
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Re: Persistent cough - is it the ace inhibitor or a cold I got ?

The main side effect of Ace Inhibitors is a dry nagging cough. I also had a tickle in my throat sometimes. Cozaar also gave me the throat tickle but no cough. Ace Inhibitors can also cause Upper Respiratory Tract Infections.

 
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