Compare Benazepril vs. Atacand

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lotensin
(Benazepril)

Atacand
(Candesartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Benazepril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Atacand (Candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.
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Reviews for Lotensin (Benazepril)
63%
of people say Lotensin (Benazepril) is worth it
63%
say it works well
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Side effects
BenazeprilAtacand
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Headache 2%
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How it works
BenazeprilAtacand
Benazepril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Atacand (Candesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). By blocking a chemical that usually tightens blood vessels, it makes blood vessels relax. This lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
BenazeprilAtacand
Antihypertensive
ACE inhibitor
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
BenazeprilAtacand
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Used for (click to learn more)
BenazeprilAtacand
Risk factors for serious side effects
BenazeprilAtacand
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
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    • Women of childbearing age
    • History of kidney problems
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
    Detailed Atacand (Candesartan) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    BenazeprilAtacand
    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Atacand (Candesartan) has a risk of making your kidneys not work as well. It is important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Atacand (Candesartan) and at least annually after.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    BenazeprilAtacand
    • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
    • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • Works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but doesn't have the same side effects like cough and swelling.
    • Recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
    • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    Downsides and risks
    BenazeprilAtacand
    • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
    • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
    • Not always covered by insurance, so it can be expensive.
    • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BenazeprilAtacand
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
    • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
    • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
    • Get immediate medical help if you notice any swelling, especially around your head and neck.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
    • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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