Last week, on Monday, I woke up suddenly at 6am and my face and mouth were swollen about 10 times its normal size, and I was wheezing. I thought I was having a heart attack. Or that I was going to die. Or that my face was going to be like that forever. Knowing it was serious, I got myself to the hospital, and they treated me. Turns out I was having what is called angioedema, due to a severe allergic reaction to Lisinopril, my ACE Inhibitor.
I didnt believe the doctor-I had been taking Lisinopril for at least 5 months-how could I be allergic to it and the reaction taken so long?
She told me I had been having symptoms of an allergy with the dry cough and hoarse voice I had told her I had the last few months. Now, I had told her about the dry cough and hoarse vocie and she didnt put it together that it was my Lisinopril. I missed 3 days of work because I was so uncomfortable and didnt want to be seen in public looking like I had been beat up.
Needless to say, I've stopped taking Lisinopril, and am now on an ARB Blocker instead called Cozaar. I'm scared the same thing will happen. Anyone have any experience with this? And should I report my doctor for missing the signs?