Compare benazepril vs. Diovan

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

Lotensin
(benazepril)

Diovan
(valsartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.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.
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5.45benazepril
Reviews for benazepril
61%
of people (All ages) say benazepril is worth it
64%
say it works well
23%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Lotensin (benazepril)?
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Reviews for Diovan
65%
-4% worse vs. benazepril
54%
+10% better vs. benazepril
15%
-8% worse vs. benazepril
431 reviews
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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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  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 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.Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). 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.
Type of medication
benazeprilDiovan
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
benazeprilDiovan
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • African descent
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
Detailed Lotensin (benazepril) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed Diovan (valsartan) 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.

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
benazeprilDiovan
  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
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Kidneys and liver
benazeprilDiovan
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
benazeprilDiovan
  • 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 and risks
benazeprilDiovan
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
benazeprilDiovan
  • 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.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • 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.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
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