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Lotensin HCT Side Effects

Generic Name: benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide

Note: This document contains side effect information about benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Lotensin HCT.

For the Consumer

Applies to benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, benazepril/hydrochlorothiazide may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide:

Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • decreased urination
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • rapid breathing
  • seizures
  • sunken eyes
  • sweating
  • thirst
  • trembling
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs
  • wrinkled skin

Some side effects of benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Cough
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • excessive muscle tone
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • muscle stiffness
  • muscle tension or tightness
  • nausea
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to benazepril / hydrochlorothiazide: oral tablet


The most common side effects were dizziness, fatigue, headache, and cough.[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, postural dizziness, headache, hypertonia, somnolence
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Paresthesia, taste perversion, tinnitus, syncope, hypesthesia

Postmarketing reports: Lightheadedness, headache, paresthesia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Cough, upper respiratory infection, rhinitis, sinusitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Epistaxis, bronchitis, voice alteration

Postmarketing reports: Eosinophilic pneumonitis

Postmarketing reports: Respiratory distress, pneumonitis, pulmonary edema[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, vertigo, flu syndrome
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthenia, chest pain, fever, chills

Postmarketing reports: Vertigo, weakness, pyrexia, asthenia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Impotence, urinary frequency
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urinary tract infection[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, constipation, dry mouth, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, flatulence, tooth disorder

Postmarketing reports: Pancreatitis, small bowel angioedema, sialadenitis, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, nausea, gastric irritation, constipation[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Back pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia, myalgia, neck pain, arthritis

Postmarketing reports: Muscle spasm[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, sweating, photosensitivity, pruritus, alopecia

Postmarketing reports: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, pemphigus

Postmarketing reports: Purpura, urticaria, rash, photosensitivity, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis, toxic epidermal necrolysis[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia, nervousness, libido decreased, abnormal dreams

Postmarketing reports: Restlessness[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Palpitations, flushing, peripheral vascular disorder, tachycardia

Postmarketing reports: Necrotizing angiitis[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal vision, retinal disorder, conjunctivitis

Postmarketing reports: Transient blurred vision, xanthopsia[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia

Postmarketing reports: Anorexia, hyperglycemia, glycosuria, hyperuricemia[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Infection

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Serum creatinine increased, BUN increased[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia

Postmarketing reports: Aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Pancreatitis

Postmarketing reports: Intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Parathyroid gland changes with hypercalcemia and hypophosphatemia[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Lotensin HCT (benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide)." Ciba Pharmaceuticals, Summit, NJ.

Some side effects of Lotensin HCT may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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