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User Reviews for Amlodipine / benazepril to treat High Blood Pressure

Also known as: Lotrel, Amlobenz

Amlodipine / benazepril has an average rating of 5.8 out of 10 from a total of 40 ratings for the treatment of High Blood Pressure. 40% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 33% reported a negative experience.

Amlodipine/benazepril rating summary

5.8/10 average rating

40 ratings from 50 user reviews.

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Reviews for Amlodipine / benazepril

1freddy · Taken for less than 1 month · November 25, 2012

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I have been on Lotrel for 3 weeks and I'm having several side effects. I'm very lethargic, no energy (no energy to exercise), I even fall asleep an hour after taking the medicine, depressed, my head tingles, my fasting glucose has risen at least 10 points and the worst is I have gained 15 pounds! I had lost 30lbs and maintained since August. It was difficult and the weight loss was slow. My eating hasn't increased. My husband agrees. Morbid obesity can raise your blood pressure. This medicine is pulling my blood pressure down but the side effects are essentially making things worse. This medication isn't a good fit for me.”

6 / 10
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Crystal · Taken for 2 to 5 years · July 23, 2020

“I've been on generic amlodipine with benazepril for years without any side effects. It worked well to lower my blood pressure. That was the generic from Lupin pharmaceuticals, small pills with a LU on them. This last month my pharmacy gave me the generic from Aurobindo pharmaceuticals, larger pill with J 02 imprint on it. This has given me the worst side effects of headaches, high anxiety, weight gain, and pretty much all the other issues this medication has complaints about. It cost me more as well. Not all generics are the same and the fillers used at Aurobindo pharmaceuticals have horrible side effects. The drug itself, from the right place, works great. Know where your meds are coming from and you have every right to request a manufacture for you prescription at the pharmacy.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · May 9, 2012

“I've been taking Amlodipine/benazepril for over six months and I experience knee pain, swelling of feet, and hands daily. Before this medicine I used to walk 4 miles per day, I can barely walk two miles due to the pain in my knees. Although it has reduced my blood pressure, I cannot handle the side effects.”

6 / 10
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HFNorthC · March 9, 2012

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I tried several other medicines, but Lotrel seems to be very effective in lowering my blood pressure. I have a had no side effects. I am 49 years old and Africian American. On this medicine 10 months now.”

9 / 10
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itip · March 7, 2008

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I have been taking Lotrel now for 9 years. I also take synthorid with it. Granted I have gained a lot of weigth. Where as before I weighted 140 I now weight 205. If there is a way I can loose this weight I will be happy to. I have problems with my left angle, it is always swelled. Only when I can stay off of it does it go down. ”

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Anonymous · March 9, 2009

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I have taken Lotrel for 9 years. It reduced my blood pressure moderately, but this month I went to the emergency room with severe swelling of my face and my lips were huge. Was told to get off Lotrel since this ACE inhibitor can cause angioedema which was the diagnosis. Have also had tingling of the lips and tongue for the last 4 years and now wonder if Lotrel contributed to that. ”

5 / 10
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CC · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · February 22, 2019

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “WEIGHT GAIN...30 LBS in a couple of months along with being so lethargic I could not function. It has lowered my BP but with this weight gain and lack of energy, it is affecting everything in my life. I am on a strict diet and exercise and it is not moving.”

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MiniMe2 · December 22, 2007

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I have severe muscle spasms in the back of my legs. I have been on it for about 2 months. My knees are fine, I just turned 50. The drug is doing its job. Sometimes I get dizzy when I get up fast or have to bend over to pick something up.”

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samodio · January 7, 2008

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I hav developed severe swelling in my fingers. It is constant causing numbness in the fingertips and pain in the joints - mostly in the middle of the night. I love having my blood pressure lowered though.”

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JOSIE L · July 12, 2010

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I have been on lotrel for three years. I never had knee problems but never connected the medicine with the symptoms until I started searching for side effects, by others. I spoke with my doctor and he has recommended lisiniopril/hydrochlorothiazide. See if problem with knees will improve. Because knee pain is terrible!”

3 / 10
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GypsyQueen · July 23, 2019

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “I was on this medication for approximately two weeks the time given for the medication to effectively take it's full course. Well for the first week, it did it's job at lowering my BP however if there was a side effects I got it from it, then it would have been the moodiness, I was tired to the point of exhaustion, hungry all the time and that horrible dry cough was so bad I though I was going to cough a lung out, it sounded like I was a serious smoker. Exactly on the 14th day on taking it - July 3rd - my top lip began to swell, by the time I made it to the ER my top lip had swelled 5x it's natural size, Glad I got to the hospital before I went into Anaphylaxis Come to find out I am severely allergic to both Amlodipine and benazepril, Terrifying experience”

3 / 10
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MTS · Taken for 10 years or more · April 29, 2015

“58 y/o black female, not overweight 5'8 150 have used 5/10mg since first diagnosed around age 45. No issues, no weight gain I'd attribute to this. I did weigh about 140 when I started this. No headaches, joint pain etc. so has worked for me. BP often under 130/85. I sometimes wonder if I dont even need it anymore, but doctor doesn't want me to stop.”

9 / 10
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MOMO · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 11, 2019

“Works fine like it should but many side effects felt. Felt generally weak and lack of energy after about 6 hours of taking med. In an effort to stop this, I try eating more to see if I can gain some energy which consequently causes me to gain weight. Also, I get headaches with almost each dose.”

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blythe5050 · May 14, 2016

“The first day the doctor gave me this medication benazepril , I was nodding all over the place and my kids thought I was on some kind of narcotics, I'm on day three , this time I broke the pill in half, I still feel dazed but not drunk like before ,,,and I'm still nodding out in the middle of things, I don't get it I'm going to have to speak with my doctor and ask him why I should have to take this medication and is there anything else I can take because I need to have my wits about me during the day.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous · September 8, 2011

“I tried four medicines before amlodipine/benazepril. I am 40 year old female. I run 20 miles a week and do yoga twice a week. I have not had any muscle or joint issues. I have had swollen and tender gums and a bad taste in my mouth that compels me to chew gum at all times (besides while I am sleeping or eating). It was the first medicine to bring down my blood pressure. So, I hope to stay on it and hope the side effects simmer down.”

9 / 10
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Peeoutchoass · Taken for less than 1 month · March 19, 2017

“After taking amolodipine 10mg daily for 18 mos. my doctor and I decided to try to kick my bp down another notch. He prescribed benazepril 40 mg. Worst five days of my life; Literally. I couldn't eat. Felt awful. Didn't want to move, think, or be awake.”

1 / 10
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Gypsy · March 29, 2021

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “My Mom weighed 163 when the new Dr.here put my Moma on Lotrel. Years later she passed and she weighed 204. I've been on it too for 10 plus years! I struggle with fatigue, nasal congestion and constantly have to clear my throat...AND I have a problem with my weight... Weight gain...is it from the Lotrel....”

2 / 10
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Anonymous · February 7, 2011

“Just started using this medicine 5/10 mg 3 days ago. Causes severe dizziness and coughing. Can't function well because of dizziness and feel very uncomfortable because of it. Coughing wakes both me and my husband up at night. ”

3 / 10
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the other z · September 22, 2013

“This medication was working great with an occasional headache then menopause started and my internal medicine doctors switched my blood pressure meds to clonidine and now I'm tired all the time, and have gained 30 pounds in two months. My memory is getting worse and I'm slightly depressed. I think I would rather deal with the hot flashes, occasional headache, along with swelling ankles and energy. I'm weaning myself of clonidine and going back to amlodipine besylate and hydrochlorothiazide today.”

9 / 10
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Nikki · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 4, 2019

“I'm on the generic amlodipine with benazepril and I've had swelling in the face, neck, throat and hands. I need to know has anyone else had an experience with swelling after having a drink of any sort with alcohol? Every time I drink alcohol I have swelling really bad. I had to stop and think what was I taking. I then looked at the side effects to this medicine and it's giving me the same side effects that I have.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous · December 2, 2011

“I have been on several medicines for high blood pressure including: amlodipine-benazapril 5/20, Coreg, lisinopril, clonidine hydrochlorothiazide and finally it was the combination of clonidine 0.2 twice a day with 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide once daily. My blood pressure was running 214/180- 191. Now its MUCH lower around 145/95 ish. Hope this helps. It took forever for them to find something that was effective for pain induced high blood pressure. Good Luck Folks.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 16, 2019

“Was given this after amlodipine alone caused much edema. This was no better. Still had edema, chest pressure and the added delight of the “ace inhibitor cough”. Terrible drug. I’ve been off it a week and still coughing to the point of almost throwing up.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · March 27, 2011

“I have been taking 5/20MG generic made by Teva for several years without any problems. Last week I got a new refill and Medco changed the generic provided to Par and this version of the product does not seem to reduce my high blood pressure.”

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Rdx · August 30, 2021

Lotrel (amlodipine / benazepril): “Taking this med 5/20 for 8 days now my systolic pressure kept between 129-139 but diastolic remains 89-95 which is not good. Plan to continue for 7 more days if no change in diastolic will have to consider a consultation with my doctor. As far as side effects only minor dry mouth some tiredness so far.”

3 / 10
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Exhausted and fat · Taken for 10 years or more · May 21, 2021

“I’ve take this drug for 13 years. I’ve recently started with swelling on my ankles. The tingling and crawling nerve feeling on my head is awful. I have had a cough for a few years and they have given me several different reasons for the cough. My knees have been hurting and hurt more after my ankles swell. I have gain 45 pounds and I can loose 10 pounds but they come back on right away. The doctors have done blood panels and no reason for the weight gain. They say I need to lose the weight so I had them take me off the medicine and put me on two separate pills instead of doing a split pill. Of 10\20 or 10/40.”

6 / 10
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