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What is benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide?

A combination of two drugs, benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide is used to reduce high blood pressure. The medication works in two ways. Benazepril, an ACE inhibitor, blocks certain chemicals from tightening the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily and reducing blood pressure. Hydrochlorothiazide meanwhile 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.