Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Lotensin 

(benazepril)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers blood pressure.

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

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Best available price for 30 (20mg) tablets of benazepril

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.
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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.
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Lotensin (benazepril) for High blood pressure

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Side effect rates for Lotensin (benazepril)

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness when standing up

Risks and Warnings for Lotensin (benazepril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Infants less than one year old

    Lotensin (benazepril) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Lotensin (benazepril) right away and talk to your doctor. It can also hurt the development of kidneys in infants less than 1 year of age, so never give Lotensin (benazepril) to infants.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Lotensin (benazepril)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • This drug interacts with other medications that affect potassium, so it needs to be dosed carefully.
Kidneys and liver
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.