Compare benazepril vs. Lisinopril

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Lotensin
(benazepril)

Zestril
(lisinopril)

Lowers blood pressure. Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure. Zestril (lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.
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Reviews for Lotensin (benazepril)
61%
of people (All ages) say Lotensin (benazepril) is worth it
64%
say it works well
23%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Zestril (lisinopril)
61%
Same vs. Lotensin (benazepril)
51%
-13% worse vs. Lotensin (benazepril)
14%
+9% better vs. Lotensin (benazepril)
687 reviews
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Side effects
benazeprilLisinopril
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Dizziness when standing up 2%
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  • Headache 4%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Cough 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Kidney damage 10%
  • Fainting 7%
  • High potassium 6%
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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.Zestril (lisinopril) 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.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
benazeprilLisinopril
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
benazeprilLisinopril
  • 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
  • Medicines that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitutes
Detailed Zestril (lisinopril) 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
benazeprilLisinopril
  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
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Kidneys and liver
benazeprilLisinopril
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done to check your kidney function.
Upsides and benefits
benazeprilLisinopril
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very cheap drug, and comes available as a liquid for children over 6 years of age.
Downsides and risks
benazeprilLisinopril
  • 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.
  • Up to 10% of people can get a dry cough while using this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Zestril (lisinopril) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Doesn't work as well in people of African descent, and can cause a greater chance of face, tongue, or lip swelling.
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.
  • Can cause dizziness the first few days you're taking it.
  • Check your blood pressure about 1 week after starting Zestril (lisinopril), and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Let your doctor know about any dizziness, tiredness, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done to check your kidney function.
  • Don't take Zestril (lisinopril) if you're pregnant.
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