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Lotensin

(Benazepril)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Lowers blood pressure.

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Benazepril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.

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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.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
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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 yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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Side effect rates for Lotensin (Benazepril)

1460 From clinical trials of Benazepril / High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Positional dizziness

Risks and Warnings for Lotensin (Benazepril)

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  • Taking Lotensin (Benazepril) may cause minor throat irritation or a dry cough. This can happen at any time while you're taking Lotensin (Benazepril). If you find this bothersome, discuss with your doctor for other options.

Common concerns from people taking Lotensin (Benazepril)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.