Compare benazepril vs. Norvasc

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Lotensin (benazepril)

Prescription only

Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 44 reviewsforbenazepril
Lowers blood pressure.

Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 443 reviewsforNorvasc
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.
  • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
  • Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
  • Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
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.
  • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
  • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Amlodipine than men.
  • Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
  • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
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Reviews
44 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
64%
saiditworked well
23%
saidit'sa big hassle

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443 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big 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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3possible side effects
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Birth defect
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Infants less than one year old
  • Swelling of face and head
    • African descent
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
  • Liver failure
  • High potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Taking other medicines that increase potassium
    • Using salt substitutes
  • Worsening kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
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  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Heart attack
    • History of heart problems
  • Special dosing requirements
    • Liver disease
  • Foot and leg swelling (edema)
    • History of blood vessel disease
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney disease
    • Obesity
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