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Many side effects seen with Lotensin are minor and easily treated by your healthcare provider(headache and fatigue, for example). There are others, however, that you should report to your doctor immediately, such as unexplained swelling of the hands, feet, or head. Rare reactions to Lotensin include constipation and anemia.
Lotensin Side Effects: An Introduction
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with Lotensin® (benazepril hydrochloride); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
About 5 percent of people stop taking Lotensin because of side effects.
(This article discusses most, but not all, side effects of Lotensin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Lotensin side effects with you.)
Common Side Effects of Lotensin
Lotensin has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. 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.
Based on these studies, the most common problems with Lotensin include:
- Headache -- in up to 6 percent of people
- Dizziness -- up to 3.6 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 2.4 percent.
Other Lotensin side effects occurring in more than 1 percent of people include but are not limited to:
- Excessive tiredness
- Cough (see Lotensin Cough).