Average Rating: 2.9 (29 Ratings)

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 5  High blood pressure Been having a cough can't get rid of, had seen specialist I believe has miss diagnosed me. F 61 2 years
30 1X D
 2  Blood Pressure Worked at first but then........Muscle pain and cramps especially in one leg. The pain was so bad in one leg i went to the ER. They performed X-rays and sonogram and couldnt find anything. I'm convinced it's this med! Tired and sleepy I decided to go the natural route through Turmeric. A friend said it worked Wonderful Well for her! F 53 6 months
 2  High blood pressure I have been having some minor chest discomfort.. anxiety worse, dizzy ,gas,headaches ,and a cough.. I want to stop this medication.. I'm tired all the time.. I want my life back F 37 7 months
 1  High blood pressure Ever since I started taking it about a year ago, initially I had severe stomach distress. Then I was tired all the time. Also had heavy head aches. I'm going off it. It took me a year to figure out it was this horrible pharmaceutical. F 58 365 days
10 MG 1X D
 5  high blood pressure no side effects lowered pressure to normal in 7 days. Resting heart rate back to 60 from 88. Feel much better. F 46 14 days
10 mg 1X D
 5  Hypertension none controls blood pressure very well F 43 3 years
40 mg 2X D
 3  High Blood Pressure Impotence, some palpipations especially after eating. Unable to run as previously. M 60 3 years
40mg 1X D
 1  HBP Palpitations,Headaches,Impotence Took 20mg daily from 1999-2007.Had frequent palpitations,docs said don't worry,they'll go away.Finally demanded a new med-Diovan 160.Took that from 2007-12 and had periodic impotence.Asked to go back to Lotensin and within 3 weeks the skipped heart beats are back and now the impotence has also occurred.Plus a continuous headache and extreme fatigue.I'm a long distance runner and this stuff makes me want to stop any exercise.I'm switching back to Diovan which is the lesser of these 2 evils. M 66 8 years
20 1X D
 3  bp tired at first slowly reducing bp M 41 40 days
50 1X D
 1  HBP Dizziness resulting in falling down frequently breaking both hips and wrist in three incidents. Should never have been prescribed in the first place. BP limts currently in practice are set by the drug companies to sell product. F 68 2 years
10 mg 1X D
 2  HBP On 10mg, cough, ringing in ears, heart pounding at night. When I cut it to 5mg, cough better but not as successful with BP. Ringing persisted, and heart pounding. Will probably try something else. F 74 3 weeks
5 1X D
 2  high blood pressure cough every night as soon as I lie in bed, decreased sex drive and erectile disfunction after a year of taking the drug M 37 2 years
10 1X D
 4  high blood pressure Worked very well for controlling blood pressure with no side effects. F 44 13 years
 3  Hypertension None. Added 5 mg Benazepril to my Beta blocker therapy about a month ago. BP still not under good control so probably will have to go up on the dose. I did not experience the "ACE Inhibitor cough", but have experienced transient arrhythmias. F 54 40 days
 4  Moderate HBP mild dizziness, ringing in ears, some sinus/ear issues where I could hear my voice/heart in my left ear, which drives me nuts. Initially on a higher dose, but lost weight and so experienced dizzy spells. Dose was lowered so dizziness is rare, though I do still have the ear problems. F 47
 1  hypertension I took this drug (20mg) the first day and had dizzines and hallucinations so I stopped - a few days later I tried again and was really dizzy - I finally blacked out and then discontinued this drug. I have changed to other meds to control my bp - but the dizziness never left completely... F 40 5 days
 1  HBP 10mg, not a good drug, tired all the time, sex drive has been nil, constant cough after about 1 month, stomach pains, gas, switched to diovan, diovan is worse! looking for natural alt's. M 30 6 months
 3  HBP Switched from Lotrel because of muscle cramps in back and legs. No more cramps. Occasional feeling of needing to cough but goes away after 15 seconds. Worried that if I increase to 15 or 20mg the cough will be a permanent side-effect. Taking 10mg that's not controlling BP as well as the Lotrel so probably need to add another 5mg until I can get up to the 20mg tablet or take the 10mg tablet twice/day. Benazepril is supposed to lower cholesterol & triglicdes 13-18% so hope helps that too. M 50 25 days
 2  hbp Severe upset stomach, nausea. Put in hospital for 3 days with pancreatitis. M 40 3 months
 4  hypertension Lower energy level/fatigue, especially when running/hiking; may be causing softer erections.... Works great for lowering blood pressure M 54 2 days

LOTENSIN  (BENAZEPRIL HYDROCHLORIDE):  Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)