Lotensin

(benazepril)

4.0/ 5 average rating with 44 reviewsforbenazepril
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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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Quick facts about benazepril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (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.
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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.

Quick facts about benazepril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (benazepril)

Dosage forms

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Kidney problems
  • High potassium levels
  • Cough
  • Swelling of face and head
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Side effect rates for Lotensin (benazepril)

  • Headache
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Somnolence
    2%2%
  • Dizziness when standing up
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of benazepril.

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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

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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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.