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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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    Lotensin HCT contains a combination of two different prescription drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, which are debilitating and sometimes fatal.


    Lotensin is available in a variety of different strengths, including

    • Benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide 5-6.25 mg
    • Benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide 10-12.5 mg
    • Benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide 20-12.5 mg
    • Benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide 20-25 mg

    Take Lotensin HCT exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. It is usually taken once or twice daily.


    The active ingredients in Lotensin HCT are benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide. 

    Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by preventing the formation of angiotensin II, which helps to regulate and decrease blood pressure.


    Common drug-drug interactions may include:

    • Aliskiren
    • Amifostine
    • Aminolevulinic Acid
    • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers
    • Arsenic Trioxide
    • Bile Acid Sequestrants
    • Bromperidol
    • Dofetilide
    • Grass Pollen Allergen Extract
    • Lanthanum
    • Levosulpiride
    • Lithium
    • Mecamylamine
    • Obinutuzumab
    • Promazine
    • Sacubitril
    • Sodium Phosphates
    • Urapidil


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems before starting this drug.

    Stop taking Lotensin HCT if you suddenly develop an unexplained dry cough.

    Your doctor should monitor your blood electrolytes when starting this drug and also periodically.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects of this drug are:

    • Abdominal Pain
    • Abnormal Dreams
    • Alopecia
    • Anorexia
    • Arthralgia
    • Arthritis
    • Back Pain
    • Bronchitis
    • Chest Pain
    • Chills
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Constipation
    • Cough
    • Decreased Libido
    • Diaphoresis
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dysgeusia
    • Dyspepsia
    • Epistaxis
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Flatulence
    • Flu-Like Symptoms
    • Flushing
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Hypertonia
    • Hypoesthesia
    • Hypotension
    • Impotence
    • Infection
    • Insomnia
    • Myalgia
    • Nausea
    • Neck Pain
    • Nervousness
    • Orthostatic Dizziness
    • Pain
    • Palpitations
    • Paresthesia
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease
    • Pruritus
    • Retinopathy
    • Rhinitis
    • Sinusitis
    • Skin Photosensitivity
    • Skin Rash
    • Syncope
    • Tachycardia
    • Tinnitus
    • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    • Urinary Frequency
    • Urinary Tract Infection
    • Vertigo
    • Visual Disturbance
    • Voice Disorder
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness
    • Xerostomia


    Lotensin HCT [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp; 2009.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 5495

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