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What is benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide?

A combination of two drugs, benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide is used to reduce high blood pressure. The medication works in two ways. Benazepril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, blocks certain chemicals from tightening the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily and reducing blood pressure. Hydrochlorothiazide acts as a diuretic, or "water pill," that flushes the kidneys and eliminates excess salt and liquid from the body, which also promotes lower blood pressure. It is prescribed under the brand name Lotensin HCT. A generic version is available.

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