Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about ACE Inhibitor

How do ACE inhibitors treat heart attacks?
Anjan Gupta, MDAnjan Gupta, MD
Heart attack is caused by rupture of cholesterol plaque in the blood vessels of the heart leading to...
More Answers
What effects do ARBs and ACE inhibitors have on the aging process?
Mark C. Houston, MDMark C. Houston, MD
Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are used...
More Answers
Do ACE inhibitors have any drug interactions?
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MDDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
If you are taking the following drugs, ACE inhibitors can lead to side effects and should be avoided...
More Answers
What are ACE inhibitor drugs for heart failure management?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are recommended for all people with systolic heart fa...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.