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Lotensin is approved to help control high blood pressure -- however, this medication does not cure it. The off-label uses for Lotensin include treating kidney problems in people with scleroderma.

An Introduction to Lotensin Uses

Lotensin® (benazepril hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to control high blood pressure (hypertension). It does not cure high blood pressure.
 
Lotensin is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Lotensin helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, Lotensin causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
 
Because Lotensin lowers blood pressure, it can reduce the risks that accompany long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
 

Can Children Use It?

Lotensin has been approved to treat high blood pressure in children six years of age and older.
 

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Lotensin for treating a condition other than high blood pressure. This is called an "off-label" use. One off-label use of Lotensin is the treatment of kidney problems in people with scleroderma, which is hardening and thickening of the skin.
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