Compare benazepril vs. nimodipine

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Lotensin (benazepril)

Prescription only

Nymalize (nimodipine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

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

4.0/ 5 average rating with 44 reviewsforbenazepril
Helps with recovery after an episode of bleeding in the brain.

Nymalize (nimodipine) acts specifically on the blood vessels of the brain to reduce long-term damage from brain bleed, but is expensive.

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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
44 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
64%
saiditworked well
23%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Headache
    6%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Somnolence
    2%
  • Dizziness when standing up
    2%
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The Nymalize (nimodipine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • 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
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  • 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
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