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Lotrel

Generic Lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril) is used to treat high blood pressure. In clinical studies, the drug was shown to decrease systolic blood pressure by up to 25 mmHg and diastolic pressure by up to 13 mmHg! Lotrel is one of Novartis Pharmaceuticals best-selling medications and you can order it here today for a fraction of the price!

Generic Lotrel is also marketed as Amlodipine and Benazepril.

*LotrelĀ® is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Uses

Generic Lotrel is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is usually given after other blood pressure medications have been tried without successful treatment. Generic Lotrel is in a group of drugs called calcium channel blockers. One of the active ingredients, Amlodipine relaxes (widens) blood vessels and improves blood flow. The other active ingredient, Benazepril is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Benazepril also widens blood vessels and also prevents the body from retaining water.

How to take

Take Generic Lotrel exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.

Generic Lotrel can be taken with or without food. Space your doses evenly by taking the medication at the same times each day.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Lotrel: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Some side effects of Generic Lotrel may not occur until after you have been using the medication for several months.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • trouble swallowing;
  • chest pain;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • urinating more or less than usual, or not at all;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious Generic Lotrel side effects may include:

  • cough;
  • dizziness, headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingling under your skin);
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • muscle pain; or
  • loss of interest in sex.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precautions

Generic Lotrel may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Generic Lotrel. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking Generic Lotrel, unless your doctor has told you to.

You should not use Generic Lotrel if:

  • you are allergic to amlodipine (Norvasc) or benazepril (Lotensin);
  • you have ever had angioedema (hives or severe swelling of deep skin tissues sometimes caused by allergic reaction); or
  • you are allergic to any other ACE inhibitor, such as captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).
  • Do not use Generic Lotrel if you are pregnant.
Drug interactions

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • gold injections to treat arthritis;
  • a shot for bee-sting allergy;
  • lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith);
  • simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin);
  • a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, Generic Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Generic Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others;
  • a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con;
  • salt substitutes that contain potassium; or
  • a diuretic (water pill) such as amiloride (Midamor), bumetanide (Bumex), chlorthalidone (Hygroton, Thalitone), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril), indapamide (Lozol), metolazone (Mykrox, Zarxolyn), spironolactone (Aldactone), triamterene (Dyrenium, Maxzide, Dyazide), torsemide (Demadex).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Lotrel.

Missed dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 12 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.