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I have High Blood Pressure, and I'm currently taking 50 mg Metoprolol twice a day and a 5/20 mg Lotrel once a day. I get pretty tired in the evening, and so I generally go to bed early and fall asleep easily, but I have all kinds of wierd, wild, vivid dreams every night (some nights worse than others). My blood pressure has been averaging around 120-130 over 80-85, but sometimes I don't really feel all that well-rested. Anyone else have this with these or any other medications?

Also, can anyone tell me if these are relatively low dosages of these medications?
I currently take the same dose of Metoprolol as you. This is a usual "initial" dose of this drug, and can probably be increased to 400 mg/daily should need arise.

I have taken Amlodipine (Norvasc) in the past. 5 mg is a medium dose, it can be increased to 10 - it is also the usual "initial" dosage.

I have never taken Benazepril, however, I have at one time or another been on 3 other ACE inhibitors. The 20 mg dosage is a "medium" dose of this drug as well.

I was taken off ACE inhibitors some years ago when I encountered an episode of my throat closing off. Other than that, I have experienced no side effects of any of these drugs.

Lotrel is a trade name for Amlodipine and Benazepril - you can save yourself a few bucks by getting your doc to write for the two generics - I don't believe there is any medical benefit from having a combined tablet..... it is only a way for the drug company to effectively extend the patent on two drugs which have gone into the generic category.