Compare felodipine vs. Zestoretic

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

Lowers blood pressure.

Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

Lowers blood pressure.

Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide is a good 2-in-1 blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 294 reviewsforZestoretic
Upsides
  • Plendil (felodipine) is a good option for people with high blood pressure.
  • Calcium channel blockers sometimes work better for people of African descent than other blood pressure lowering drugs.
  • Combination medicine for people with high blood pressure. Doctors might prescribe it when you need more than one medicine to control your blood pressure.
  • The two drugs in Lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide work together to lower blood pressure, remove extra water from your body, and lower your 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.
Downsides
  • Plendil (felodipine) may not work as well as other calcium channel blockers.
  • It can lead to more swelling in your arms and legs when taken at higher doses.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Plendil (felodipine) could cause a sudden spike in blood pressure.
  • Plendil (felodipine) can't be crushed or cut into two.
  • Comes in fixed dosage strengths, so it's harder for your doctor to adjust your dose.
  • 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.
  • Makes you urinate more often.
  • Doesn't work as well in people with severe kidney problems.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Dosage forms
  • Extended release
  • Pill
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51%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
17%
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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    10%
  • Swelling
    9%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Racing heart beat
    4%
  • Weakness
    3%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
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11possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Cough
    4%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Orthostatic Effects
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Upper Respiratory Infection
    2%
  • Muscle Cramps
    2%
  • Asthenia
    2%
  • Paresthesia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Low blood pressure
    • Over age 65
  • Heart failure
    • Taking in combination with a beta-blocker
  • Special dosing requirements
    • Liver disease
    • Over age 65
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    • History of heart failure
    • History of kidney disease
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  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Unusual tongue swelling
    • African descent
  • Severe allergic reactions while on dialysis
    • People requiring high flux dialysis
  • Acute kidney failure
    • History of kidney disease
  • Heart problems due to high potassium
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
  • Cough
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