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Lotensin Blood Pressure Medication: Benefits and Side Effects You Should Know

By    |   Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 05:25 PM


Blood pressure medication Lotensin is normally prescribed to lower hypertension, or high blood pressure. As with all medication, it’s important to know the benefits and potential side effects.

According to WebMD, Lotensin is often prescribed to lower blood pressure to help prevent strokes, heart attacks, and problems with the kidneys. Lotensin, also known by its generic name benazepril, is an ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor that relaxes the blood vessels allowing proper blood flow to relieve pressure on the arterial walls.

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Benefits of Lotensin


The following benefits of Lotensin as a blood pressure medication have been reported by pharmacists at Iodine.com.

• It decreases risk of heart attack and stroke.
• It potentially offers protection of kidneys for those with mild to moderate kidney disease or diabetes.
• For those with heart failure, Lotensin has the potential to lower the risk of death and decrease additional heart damage.

Side Effects of Lotensin


WebMD and Drugs.com have compiled the following list of possible side effects of Lotensin.

Common side effects:
• Dizziness
• Dry cough
• Headache
• Drowsiness

Serious side effects:
• Fainting
• Muscle weakness
• Slow/irregular heartbeat

Rare side effects:
• Liver failure
• Serious allergic reaction (symptoms: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing)

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Though Lotensin is often prescribed to prevent or treat kidney problems, the blood pressure medication can cause kidney problems or worsen existing kidney conditions, says WebMD. Kidney function tests are required while taking Lotensin.

This blood pressure medication should not be taken during pregnancy. Lotensin does pass into breast milk so consult with a medical professional prior to taking Lotensin while breastfeeding.

Lotensin also interacts with other prescription and over-the-counter medication. Always check with a medical professional and pharmacist before mixing medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Additional Interactions and Warnings


Drugs.com has reported the following food and disease interactions while taking this blood pressure medication.

Dietary interactions
• Avoid dietary intake of moderate to high potassium-containing foods or supplements
• Avoid salt substitutes

Disease and medical interactions
• Angioedema
• Bone marrow suppression
• Congestive heart failure
• Hemodialysis
• Hyperkalemia
• Hypotension
• Renal dysfunction

Seek the advice of a medical professional prior to taking medication for high blood pressure.

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