Compare Lopressor vs. benazepril

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Lopressor
(metoprolol tartrate)

Lotensin
(benazepril)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.Lowers blood pressure. Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.
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5.02Lopressor
Reviews for Lopressor
62%
of people (All ages) say Lopressor is worth it
47%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
464 reviews
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Reviews for benazepril
61%
+1% better vs. Lopressor
64%
-17% worse vs. Lopressor
23%
+8% better vs. Lopressor
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Side effects
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  • Tiredness 10%
  • Dizziness 10%
  • Depression 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Itching or skin rash 5%
  • Shortness of breath 3%
  • Slowed heart rate 3%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
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  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Somnolence 2%
  • Dizziness when standing up 2%
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How it works
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Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.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.
Type of medication
Lopressorbenazepril
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Lopressorbenazepril
  • Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
Detailed Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) risks & warnings »
  • 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 »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. 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
Lopressorbenazepril
No interactions related info.
  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
Food
Lopressorbenazepril
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
Lopressorbenazepril
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Pain
Lopressorbenazepril
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
Lopressorbenazepril
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
  • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
Lopressorbenazepril
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
  • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Lopressorbenazepril
  • You should take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with or after meals.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. It can also cause fatigue and headaches.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly unless your doctor tells you to.
  • This is the immediate release version of the medication, so it needs to be taken twice a day. It's different from the extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
  • 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.
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