Im 36 and my doctor put me on an Ace Inhibitor called Lotensin @ 20 mg once a day. This is the first medicine I've ever been prescribed and wanted to know what it could do to me over time and if its benefits out weigh the risks if any. thanks
I can't answer what the medication will do to you over time, but I can tell you what hypertension (high blood pressure) will do to you if untreated. There is a reason it is called the silent killer. If you do not take the med and lower your b/p, you will tax your heart and your kidneys and you will be in a lot of trouble down the road with dialysis when your kidneys fail. The benefits out weigh the risks.
Lotensin side effects were generally mild and transient--usually headaches & cough, and there was no relation between side effects and age, duration of therapy, or total dosage within the range of 2 to 80 mg.
When doctors prescribe particular drug, it is presumed that the benefits of the drug outweighs its risk--provided that follow-up check-ups and careful following of prescription would be done.