What is Lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril)?

Lotrel is a prescription medication, in capsule form, that is a combination of two medications, amlodipine and benazepril. It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults. Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that acts on calcium movement into the heart and blood vessel cells, relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood and oxygen to the heart. Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that keeps blood vessels from constricting, thus relaxing the vessels and decreasing blood pressure, while increasing blood supply and oxygen to the heart. These two medications (which are also available separately) combine to have an even more powerful effect on lowering blood pressure than each would individually.

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