Compare benazepril vs. Avapro

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Lotensin
(benazepril)

Avapro
(irbesartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Avapro (irbesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.
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Reviews for benazepril
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of people (All ages) say benazepril is worth it
64%
say it works well
23%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Dizziness when standing up 2%
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  • Fatigue 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Heartburn 1%
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How it works
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Lotensin (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.Avapro (irbesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It lowers blood pressure by blocking a chemical that tightens the blood vessels. This allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
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Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • African descent
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
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  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Using medicines that increase potassium
Detailed Avapro (irbesartan) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Interactions
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  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
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Kidneys and liver
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  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have kidney damage, Avapro (irbesartan) could make it worse. Your doctor will do regular blood tests to check your kidneys, usually before you start Avapro (irbesartan), and at least once a year while you're still on it.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Avapro (irbesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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 and risks
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  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it doesn't get better.
  • Tell your doctor about any tiredness, cough, mouth swelling, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • Requires blood tests to check potassium levels and kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
  • Avapro (irbesartan) can make you feel a little dizzy for the first few days.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Avapro (irbesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Don't eat a lot of foods that are high in potassium or use salt substitutes that contain potassium.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away after the first few days.
  • Don't take Avapro (irbesartan) if you're pregnant.
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