Lisinopril Linked to Kidney Failure & More

Please note: At this time, the dangerous drug attorneys at Searcy Denney are not accepting cases for injuries from LisinoprilIf you or a loved one has suffered injuries by another dangerous drug or medical device, we are always available to answer your legal questions for free.

Lisinopril is a popular drug commonly linked to kidney failure. The makers of Lisinopril – Merck & Co. and AstraZeneca – promised a revolutionary drug. However, many patients have suffered kidney failure and other devastating injuries from Lisinopril.

Lisinopril’s Development

Lisinopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure, and to improve survival after a heart attack. It belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE Inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme) and works by relaxing blood vessels to increase blood flow.

After completing clinical trials, Lisinopril was approved to treat hypertension in 1987 and congestive heart failure in 1993. The US patents expired in 2002. Since then, the drug has been available under many brand names worldwide, including Zestril, Prinivil, and Qbrelis.

Health Problems Linked to Lisinopril

kidney failure

Like other ACE inhibitors, Lisinopril has been linked to serious and potentially fatal side effects, including kidney failure.

Kidney failure begins with mild symptoms such as ankle and foot swelling or decreased urine output. The long-term effects are devastating and costly. Patients in critical condition may suffer chronic kidney disease or require transplant surgery.

Other adverse side effects from Lisinopril can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice
  • Cough
  • Hypotension
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Hepatic failure
  • Fetal morbidity
  • Impotence
  • Hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood)
  • Angioedema (swelling of the hands, arms, face, mouth or throat)
  • Liver damage/liver failure

Who is Responsible for My Injury?

Merck & Co., Lisinopril’s manufacturers, are being held liable for injuries associated with the drug.

Lisinopril was developed by Merck & Co., an American pharmaceutical company that has developed more drugs than any other drugmaker since 2014. As of 2017, the company reported $40.122 billion in combined sales.

Lisinopril manufacture

Lisinopril was successfully marketed under the name “Zestril” by another pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca – an Anglo-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. The drug became a blockbuster for AstraZeneca with annual sales reaching $1.2 billion in 1999.

Both pharmaceutical companies have faced a large number of complaints and lawsuits regarding the dangerous side effects of Lisinopril.

Pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for their negligence. While the attorneys at Searcy Denney are not accepting cases for injuries from Lisinopril at this time, we are available to offer legal assistance for other potentially dangerous drugs or medical devices.

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