I am currently taking Nifedipine X1 30MG daily. What is the difference between that and the Amlodipine/Benazepril 10/20 mg?
3 Aug 2010
Benazepril hydrochloride (Lotensin) is a prescription medication that has been licensed for controlling high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children six years of age and older. The medication does not cure high blood pressure.
Benazepril is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.
Amlodipine has been licensed for several uses. These uses include the treatment of:
* High blood pressure (hypertension); * Heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease), including:
o Angina (chest pain), including exercise-induced angina (also known as chronic stable angina or exertional angina) and vasospastic angina (also known as Prinzmetal's or variant angina)
o Coronary artery disease in people who do not have congestive heart failure.
Nifedipine is part of a class of drugs called calcium channel blockers. It helps slow down the rate at which calcium moves into your heart and into the blood vessel walls. This, in turn, helps to relax the vessels, which allows better blood flow and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood.
There are two basic types of calcium channel blockers: dihydropyridine and non-dihydropyridine. The most important difference between the two types is that non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers can slow down the heart rate, while dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers do not. Nifedipine is a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, which means that it does not usually decrease the heart rate. In fact, short-acting nifedipine (Procardia) can actually increase the heart rate, although this is not usually a problem with long-acting nifedipine.
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