Lotensin HCT Benazepril Hydrochloride/Hydrochlorothiazide and/or alternatives
Lotensin HCT is used to treat high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It is the combination of two drugs - benazepril (ACE inhibitor) and hydrochlorothiazide (diuretic). The generic name of the drug is Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide.
You can only buy Lotensin HCT as per the prescription of your doctor. Take the tablet orally with a full glass of water. Don’t crush, chew or break the tablet as it may result in excess discharge of the drug. You may take it with or without food. You must drink lots of fluids while taking Lotensin HCT to avoid dehydration. Don’t take the tablet in excess or for a longer time than prescribed by the doctor.
Indications & Dosage of Lotensin HCT
Lotensin HCT relaxes the blood vessels and widens them to allow for better blood circulation. Lotensin HCT is supplied in 5mg/6.25mg, 10mg/12.5mg, 20mg/12.5mg and 20mg/25mg strength tablets.
The recommended dosage of Lotensin HCT is 10mg to 80mg of Lotensin a day for adults. The doctor will decide the dosage depending on the weight of the patient, medical condition, and the response to treatment. The dosage in children below the age of 12 years must be decided by the doctor. You must take the drug at the same time every day to get the best results. Don’t share Lotensin HCT with others. Don’t skip any dose. If you miss a dose of Lotensin HCT, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, avoid the missed dose. Don’t take an overdose of the drug. The symptoms of an overdose are fainting, lightheadedness, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, seizures, symptoms of dehydration, muscle pain, dry mouth and eyes, sluggishness and unusual thirst. Seek immediate medical help if you experience these symptoms.
You must store Lotensin HCT at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. Keep it away from direct light, moisture and heat. Don’t keep the tablets in the bathroom or kitchen. Make sure that it is kept away from the reach of children.
Side Effects & Interactions of Lotensin HCT
The less serious side effects of Lotensin HCT are:
- Headache and fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
Serious side effects of Lotensin HCT are:
- Severe allergic reactions such as rashes and hives
- Swelling of the face, mouth, hands and lips
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Dark urine
- Severe and persistent cough
- Severe stomach pain with nausea and vomiting
- Increased thirst and hunger
- Mood changes
- Severe dizziness and drowsiness
- Easy bruising and bleeding
Consult your doctor at the earliest possible time if the serious side effects persist.
The following drugs may interact with Lotensin HCT:
- Angiotensin receptor blockers
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Lithium or thiopurines
- Diabetes drugs
You must inform your doctor about all your previous and current medications before using Lotensin HCT.
Warnings & Precautions of Lotensin HCT
You must not buy Lotensin HCT if you have:
- History of heart problems
- High blood potassium levels
- Low blood volume or low blood pressure
- A recent kidney transplant
- An allergy to any of the ingredients in the drug
You must not use Lotensin HCT if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
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