Compare benazepril vs. Diovan

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

Lotensin (benazepril)

Prescription only

Diovan (Valsartan)

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.

Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 431 reviewsforDiovan
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.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
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.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Reviews
44 
61%
think this treatment is worth it
64%
think this treatment works well
23%
think this treatment is a hassle

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431 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
54%
think this treatment works well
15%
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 Diovan (Valsartan) 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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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Unusual tongue swelling

    African descent

  • Heart problems due to high potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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