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.
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Your doctor may prescribe Lotensin HCT for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension is a chronic health condition where there is too much force acting on the inside of the blood vessels. Over time, hypertension increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Lotensin HCT contains two different medications that work to lower blood pressure.
Take Lotensin HCT exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The usual dosage ranges from 5-6.25 mg once daily to 20-25 mg twice daily.
The active ingredients in Lotensin HCT are benazapril and hydrochlorothiazide.
Benazepril works by preventing the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, which relaxes blood vessels.
Hydrochlorothiazide works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the blood, lowering blood pressure via a different mechanism.
Common drug-drug interactions with this medication may include:
Tell your doctor if you develop an unexplained dry cough while taking this medication.
Use caution if you have a history of kidney problems.
If you experience swelling of the limbs while taking this medicine, tell your doctor as the dr
The most common adverse reactions can include:
Lotensin HCT [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2009.