I had hypertensive urgency October 2012 for which I was put on 20mg Lisinopril. Initially, the drug seemed to help somewhat with my protracted w/d syndrome -It turns out that ACE Inhibitors (lisinopril being one,) are cross-tolerant with diazepam- Then the side-effects started, and I have been unable to do any further tapering of the benzo. The doctor has ordered 30-day cardiac event monitoring to see if the arrhythmias are dangerous. This one test costs ~$1200 of my deductible. Blood work to check for renal impairment is also needed.
I am wondering if someone else on the forum withdrew or switched from a similar high a dose of this or another ACE inhibitor with success. If so, please can they share any info on which BP drug is least likely to interfere with W/D, and if a lower dose of lisinopril will help stave off some of the side-effect severity.
I do not have essential hypertension, but have a very strong vasovagal response, which makes benzo W/D difficult without the help of a blood-pressure drug.
Any thoughts on the usefulness of cardio-beeper test is also appreciated. And many thanks to the members who have already posted their lisinopril experience; It is so important to be validated in your own.