What is Lotensin HCT is used for?
Lotensin HCT (benazepril/HCTZ)
Lotensin HCT is a combination of benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide USP. The tablets manufactured for oral intake are made with a combination of 5, 10, or 20 mg of benazepril and 6.25, 12.5, or 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide USP.
The combination of hydrochlorothiazide and benazepril, which makes up Lotensin HCT, is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Lotensin HCT also helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. Benazepril available in Lotensin HCT lowers blood pressure and also relieves symptoms of fluid retention.
You can buy Lotensin HCT from Canada Pharmacy.
The ingredients include:
- Cellulose compounds
- Hydrogenated castor oil
- Iron oxides
- Polyethylene glycol
- Titanium dioxide
This medication must be taken strictly according to the prescription provided by your doctor. You must not take more or less amount than prescribed by the doctor.
Your blood pressure will need to be often checked. Your kidney function may also need to be checked. Your blood and urine may also be tested if you have been vomiting or are dehydrated. So, you will need to visit your doctor regularly.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store the medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tablets in their original container, along with the packet of moisture-absorbing preservative that comes with this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- Kidney/liver disease
- Congestive heart failure
- An electrolyte imbalance or an allergy to sulfa drugs or penicillin
Avoid the regular use of salt substitutes in your diet, and do not take potassium supplements.
- Eye/vision problems
- High potassium
- Unusual urinating patterns
- Weakness, confusion, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest
- Swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath
- Easy bruising, unusual bleeding, purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin
- Pale or yellowed skin, dark coloured urine, fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Wheezing, trouble breathing
- Severe skin reaction
Less serious side effects include:
- Dizziness, tired feeling
- Nausea, constipation, upset stomach
Product Code: 9364
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.