Lowers blood pressure.
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Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) is good because it combines two first-line medications to lower blood pressure, and it's available in generic. However, it can cause throat irritation or a dry cough, and you can't stop it suddenly since it can cause your blood pressure to rise.
- Both medications in Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) are recommended as first line medications to help lower blood pressure.
- The combination of these two medications work together to lower your blood pressure better than either by itself.
- This combines two medications into one pill, so it reduces the amount of pills you have to take every day.
- Available as a generic version, so it shouldn't be too expensive.
- Can't be stopped suddenly because it can cause your blood pressure to bounce back very high.
- Because it comes in fixed doses, it's hard to switch dosages if one medication isn't working as well as the other.
- If you're pregnant or want to be pregnant, you'll have to be changed to another medication since Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) can cause birth defects.
- In some people, benazepril, the ACE inhibitor, can cause throat irritation or a dry cough, and you can switch to another medication if it bothers you.
- This is usually not given until you've tried at least one medication to lower your blood pressure and it hasn't worked.
Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) contains two medications that lower blood pressure. Amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) causes your blood vessels to relax, and benazepril (an ACE inhibitor) blocks a chemical that tightens up your blood vessels. Your blood vessels being more relaxed causes your blood pressure to go down.
Side effect rates for Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril)
- Any side effect
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- Higher risk if:
- › Women of childbearing age
Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) can cause birth defects. If you're pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.
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.