amlodipine and benazepril, Lotrel (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Lotrel is used for treating high blood pressure (hypertension) when blood pressure is not adequately controlled with either of its constituent drugs alone.

SIDE EFFECTS: Lotrel causes the same side effects as benazepril and amlodipine. Common side of Lotrel include:

Overgrowth of gums, heart palpitations, anemia, reduced number of platelets, and serious skin reactions also may occur.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsules (mg amlodipine/mg benazepril): 2.5/10; 5/10;5/20; 5/40; 10/20; and 10/40

STORAGE: Lotrel should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 C - 86 F).

DOSING: The dose of Lotrel is tailored to the patient's needs. The dose is one capsule once daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Combining benazepril with potassium supplements, potassium containing salt substitutes, and potassium conserving diuretics such as amiloride (Moduretic), spironolactone (Aldactone), and triamterene (Dyazide, Maxzide), can lead to dangerously high blood levels of potassium.

There have been reports of increased lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) levels when lithium is used in combination with ACE inhibitors. The reason for this interaction is not known, but the increased levels may lead to toxicity from lithium.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2015


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