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In previous studies, weight gain was not reported as either a common or a rare Lotensin side effect. But if you're taking Lotensin and weight gain occurs, you can combat it with lifestyle choices such as getting regular physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, and eating a heart-healthy diet. This diet should contain lots of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and fish -- and be low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, among other things. If weight gain persists, your healthcare provider may recommend other lifestyle changes or a switch to a different blood pressure medication.

Lotensin and Weight Gain: An Overview

There are a number of possible side effects with Lotensin® (benazepril hydrochloride). Gradual weight gain, 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.

Understanding Clinical Trials

Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies where 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, gradual weight gain was not reported as either a common or a rare side effect.

Lotensin and Weight Gain: Suggestions

If you are noticing weight gain while taking Lotensin, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet. This diet should include:
o Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
o Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
o Limiting foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.
  • Participating in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
  • Limiting your intake of alcohol.
Also, if you are noticing a weight gain with Lotensin, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you other suggestions for dealing with any weight gain. If the weight gain continues, he or she may also recommend other lifestyle choices or a possible switch to another blood pressure medicine.
(Click BMI Calculator to see if your weight is within a healthy range.)
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