Lisinopril is a medication that is used to control high blood pressure and heart failure. When my doctor recently prescribed me with this medication for hypertension, one of the first things that I wondered about is whether or not it could be taken during pregnancy. Here’s what women in their childbearing years who may be prescribed with this medication should know.
Is Lisinopril Safe During Pregnancy?
This medication is not recommended to women who are pregnant. Lisinopril is believed to increase the risk of malformation when it is used during all three trimesters and may increase the risk of fetal deaths when used during the second and third trimester, according to WebMD. If you are pregnant or think that you may have become pregnant while using this medication, it’s important to consult with your doctor immediately.
It’s important to make sure that you take extra steps to reduce the risk of pregnancy while you are using Lisinopril. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what methods of contraception are most ideal for you. Birth control pills are a popular method of contraception, but they have been linked to an increase in high blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. Other methods of birth control, such as Depo-Provera (the birth control shot) or the intrauterine device (IUD) may be a better fit for you. Using a form of contraception in combination with a barrier method of birth control, such as condoms or female condoms, can further reduce the risk of pregnancy.
What if You Want to Get Pregnant in the Near Future?
If you are planning to become pregnant, it’s also important to talk to your doctor. My doctor advised me to let him know well in advance if I am planning to become pregnant so that we can find an alternative method of treatment for keeping my blood pressure under control that will also be safe for an unborn fetus. In some cases, it may be necessary to lose weight or take extra steps to lower your blood pressure before making the decision to get pregnant.
If you think you could be pregnant, suspect that you could be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant while using Lisinopril, it’s important to consult with your doctor as soon as possible. Since it is not advisable for women to use this medication during pregnancy, it’s important to consider other methods of treatment.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational purposes only. If you are concerned about your health, be sure to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.
U.S. National Library of Medicine