Compare benazepril vs. Avapro

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Lotensin (benazepril)

Prescription only

Avapro (irbesartan)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 44 reviewsforbenazepril
Lowers blood pressure.

Avapro (irbesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

Upsides
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • 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.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't have the same side effects like coughing and facial swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • It's recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Available in generic, and available with hydrochlorothiazide as a combination tablet.
Downsides
  • 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 regular blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
  • You'll need to get yearly blood tests while taking Avapro (irbesartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Avapro (irbesartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
  • Can't be used in children under 18.
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Reviews
44 
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think this treatment is worth it
64%
think this treatment works well
23%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Headache
    6%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Somnolence
    2%
  • Dizziness when standing up
    2%
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The Avapro (irbesartan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Birth defect

    Women of childbearing age

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Swelling of face and head

    African descent

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • High potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening kidney problems

    Kidney disease

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  • Birth defects

    Women of childbearing age

  • Worsening kidney problems

    History of kidney problems

  • Swelling in the face and head

    African descent

  • High potassium levels

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Lightheadedness & dizziness

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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