Lotensin and Depression

Depression does not appear to be a Lotensin side effect; but because of how common depression is in society today, knowing its symptoms can be helpful. Symptoms of depression can include restlessness and irritability, as well as a loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed. If you're taking Lotensin and depression becomes a problem, talk with your healthcare provider.

Is Depression a Lotensin Side Effect?

There are several possible side effects for people taking Lotensin® (benazepril hydrochloride). Depression, however, does not appear to be one of them. This data comes from clinical trials where Lotensin was extensively studied and side effects were documented.
 
Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies in which thousands of people are given a particular medicine and compared to a group of people not given the medicine. In these studies, side effects are always documented. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. Side effects are then usually separated into those side effects that occur in more than 1 percent of people and those that occur in less than 1 percent of people.
 
For people taking Lotensin, depression was reported as neither a common nor a rare side effect.
 

Lotensin and Depression: What to Look For

While depression may not be a reported side effect of Lotensin, it is extremely common in society today. In fact, in any given one-year period, 9.5 percent of the population (about 18.8 million American adults) has depression. Therefore, knowing the symptoms of depression can be helpful.
 
Possible depression symptoms may include:
 
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy; fatigue; feeling "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain, that do not respond to treatment.
     
Keep in mind that there are other conditions that can share similar symptoms with depression.
 
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