Compare benazepril vs. hydrochlorothiazide

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Lotensin (benazepril)

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
Removes water from the body, which lowers blood pressure.

Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 139 reviewsforhydrochlorothiazide
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.
  • Does a good job getting rid of extra fluids in your body by making you urinate more.
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment. Works especially well for people of African descent.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Good option if you have high blood pressure and heart failure.
  • Most people have very few side effects from Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
  • Can be good for patients with osteoporosis since it raises the body's level of calcium.
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.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • It can increase the risk of gout attacks in people with poor kidney function or a history of gout.
  • People with a sulfa allergy may be allergic to Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)).
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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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139 
47%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
16%
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 Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)) 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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  • Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance

    Current electrolyte imbalance

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reactions

    History of sulfa allergies

  • Gout

    History of gout

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Vision problems

    History of sulfa or penicillin allergies

  • Higher blood sugars

    Diabetes

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