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Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This medication also protects kidney function and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that improves blood flow by relaxing blood vessels. The brand name is Lotensin.
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About Benazepril (Generic Lotensin)
How does it work?
Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor medication. It works by blocking a chemical that narrows blood vessels. This helps blood vessels relax so blood can flow more easily. As a result, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood and blood pressure goes down.
What does it treat?
Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). This can reduce the risk of heart problems like heart attack, stroke and heart disease.
What forms does it come in?
This hypertension medicine comes as a tablet that’s taken by mouth. It’s important to keep taking this medicine, even if you’re feeling better. If you stop taking it, your blood pressure could go up quickly.
Benazepril vs. Lotensin
Benazepril and Lotensin are the same medication. Benazepril is the generic name, while Lotensin is a brand name for this drug. Both contain the same active ingredient and are used to treat hypertension.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a high blood pressure prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Benazepril 40 mg (30 tablets) start at $1.76.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Benazepril 40 mg (30 tablets)*
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Benazepril (Generic Lotensin) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Benazepril (Generic Lotensin)?
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces risk of heart attack and stroke
- Prevents heart failure
- Protects kidneys
- Prevents vision loss related to high blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation
Who should not take this medication?
- Those who are allergic to Benazepril
- People with a known allergy or severe reaction to ACE inhibitors
- Pregnant women, breastfeeding or those planning to become pregnant
- Those with specific heart valve conditions
- People with a history of angioedema (swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat)
- People with a rare genetic condition called hereditary angioedema
- Those with severe kidney disease or a history of kidney problems
- People who have high levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
- Those who are taking Neprilysin Inhibitors like Entresto (Sacubitril/Valsartan)
- People who are taking Aliskiren, another type of blood pressure medication
If you have any of these conditions—or a history of dehydration, heart failure, diabetes, liver problems, low blood pressure (hypotension) or collagen vascular disease (such as lupus or scleroderma)—speak with your healthcare provider before starting this medication.
Taking this medication when you have these conditions should be carefully and closely monitored by a healthcare provider.
Also tell your medical provider about any other medications you’re using before you start this hypertension treatment.
How do you take this medication?
This medicine is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Follow your health provider’s instructions carefully to make sure you use this medicine safely.
High blood pressure is a long-term (chronic) condition that can harm your organs. Medications for blood pressure are not a one-time cure. This medicine doesn't provide a complete cure for high blood pressure, so it's important to continue taking it, even if you start feeling better. If you stop taking it suddenly, this could cause dangerous problems, like heart attack or stroke. Follow your medical provider's instructions carefully.
Also, please keep in mind that it may take some time for this medication to achieve its full effect in managing your blood pressure. Don't be discouraged if you don't notice immediate changes. Continue taking your medication as prescribed, and consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of your blood pressure medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If it's close to the time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much of your blood pressure medicine can lead to symptoms like low blood pressure, dizziness and fainting. If you’ve taken too much Benazepril, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Benazepril (Generic Lotensin) online?
If you need a prescription for hypertension medications like Benazepril, Dr. B offers convenient virtual consultations with licensed medical providers. Just fill out a short health questionnaire to get started.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
This medicine can cause side effects, especially as your body adjusts to the medication. Let your healthcare provider know if your symptoms are bothering you or don’t get better. The most common side effects are:
- Dry cough
Talk to your health provider if your side effects are bothering you or if they don’t get better. Get emergency help if you notice any signs of a severe problem, like extreme lightheadedness, confusion, chest pain, muscle weakness, severe swelling that occurs beneath the skin–most commonly in the face, lips, tongue, or throat (angioedema) or trouble breathing.
This medication can potentially increase serum potassium levels, so it's important to keep an eye on your potassium levels when taking this medication. It's best to consult a healthcare provider for routine checks. It's a simple step that can help ensure your treatment's effectiveness and safety.
Getting your blood tested regularly is important to monitor your overall health. It's a good idea to have your bloodwork checked, which may include tests for renal function, glucose levels or potassium levels in your blood. These routine checks help ensure you are in good health and catch any potential issues early.