Lisinopril Linked to Kidney Failure & More

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.

Pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for their negligence. If you or a loved one have suffered after taking Lisinopril, it’s important that you speak with a lawyer to determine if you are eligible for compensation to help cover the cost of your injuries, pain and suffering.

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.

When to Contact an Attorney

If you have been prescribed Lisinopril and experienced severe side effects or were not sufficiently warned of the risks, you could be eligible for compensation to help with your injuries and recovery.

If you have experienced any of the following, you should contact an attorney right away:

  • Your use of Lisinopril has caused you pain or serious health complications
  • You are suffering from kidney problems or kidney failure after taking Lisinopril
  • You lost a loved one due to an unexpected death after he or she took Lisinopril

The details surrounding each person’s claim and injuries are unique. For this reason, you are encouraged to contact an attorney if you have any questions about your individual claim. Seeking legal help when you’ve suffered by a dangerous drug could provide you or your loved ones with compensation to help offset the cost of doctor visits, surgeries, lost wages and other expenses related to your pain and suffering.

Were You Injured by Lisinopril? Call Today for a Free Consultation

If your health was compromised by a defective drug that was irresponsibly marketed, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.

The legal team at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley have won over $5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of victims of negligence and their families. With over 40 years’ experience as personal injury lawyers, our skilled attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 388-3905. for a free consultation to discuss your potential case.

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