Compare benazepril vs. nimodipine
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Lotensin (benazepril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that also protects kidney function.
Nymalize (nimodipine) acts specifically on the blood vessels of the brain to reduce long-term damage from brain bleed, but is expensive.
- 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.
- Available in a liquid formulation if you have difficulty swallowing a pill.
- Treatment is short-term, for 21 days only.
- Safe to use even if you have kidney or liver problems.
- 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.
- Needs to be taken several times in a day, usually every four hours.
- Not a good option for elderly because it lowers blood pressure and causes constipation.
- Inteacts with a lot of other medications, especially for the treatment of HIV.
- Available in a generic verison, but is still expensive.
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
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- Dizziness when standing up2%
- Birth defect
- Women of childbearing age
- Infants less than one year old
- Swelling of face and head
- African descent
- Low blood pressure
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that lower your blood pressure
- Liver failure
- High potassium
- Current kidney problems
- Taking other medicines that increase potassium
- Using salt substitutes
- Worsening kidney problems
- Kidney disease
- Life-threatening low blood pressure
- Monitoring of blood pressure
- Using other medicines that lower blood pressure such as diuretics and beta-blockers
- Interactions with other medicines
- Taking other medicines that interact with Nymalize (nimodipine)
- Liver disease
- Liver disease