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Medication to Lower Your Blood Pressure & Risks of Kidney Failure

Amlodipine-Benazepril is a combination of two medicines. The product together is to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). If you have high blood pressure, it exerts load on heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, it will affect the function of heart and arteries. It can also damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart and kidneys. Overall it can lead to conditions like stroke heart failure or kidney failure etc. Amlodipine-Benazepril helps lowering blood pressure and reduce the risk of above situations.

How do Amlodipine-Benazepril work?

The above drug contain two components.

Amlodipine: It is a calcium channel blocker. It relaxes the blood vessels .It also helps to reduce the workload of heart to pump hard.

Benazepril: It is ACE inhibitor (angiotensin-converting enzyme). It decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels.

Thus they help to control the hypertension.

How to take Amlodipine-Benazepril?

  • It is an oral medicine to take by mouth. It is available in the form of tablet of 5/10 mg and 10/10 mg.
  • General Dose: Take one tablet every day. You should try to take the tablet around same time every day to give its best results.
  • It controls high blood pressure but don’t cure. So continue to take tablet each day or ask your Doctor for more information.

What are the uses of Amlodipine-Benazepril?

Amlodipine-Benazepril have the following benefits.

  • Treats high blood pressure.
  • Relax blood vessels of heart.
  • Lowers high blood pressure to prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
  • Single tablet the benefits of two drugs.
  • This drug is prescribed when other medicines haven’t work.
  • Benazepril prevents the body from retaining water.
  • Improves blood flow.
  • It may be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the precaution in taking Amlodipine-Benazepril?

Avoid taking the above tablet or discuss with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions.

  • Don’t use this tablet if you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant. It is harmful for unborn baby.
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredient in the medicine.
  • Body loses water while taking this tablet to wash out excess salts. This can lead to dehydration and severe low blood pressure.
  • Inform your doctor if you have,
  1. Kidney disease
  2. Liver disease
  • You are on low salt diet
  1. A connective tissue disease
  2. Diabetes

Cost of Amlodipine and Benazepril (Generic and Brand)

Both Generic and Brand Lotrel contain same active ingredient. But they differ in their price with same effect. The difference in price is due to the packaging, pricing and the brand name. This makes the brand medicine costlier. The generic drugs are always cheaper.

Generic Amlodipine-Benazepril.

Cost of pack of 30 tablets of 5/10 mg is $ 27, per unit cost is $ 0.9.

Cost of pack of 30 tablets of 10/10 mg is $ 27, per unit cost is $ 0.9.

Brand Lotrel.

Cost of pack of 30 tablets of 5/10 mg is $ 143.85, per unit cost is $ 4.79.