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  • Generic Name: (benazepril hydrochloride)
    Other Brands: Lotensin
  • Last Revised: 10/2015
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Benazepril tablets belong to a class of medicines known as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used alone or in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Benazepril tablets work by blocking a chemical in your body that causes blood vessels to narrow. By blocking this chemical, benazepril tablets relax and widen your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow through with less resistance. This helps to lower your blood pressure.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: By lowering your blood pressure, benazepril tablets may lower your risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. Though you may not feel an improvement or change in the way you feel, it is very important to keep taking your medicine as prescribed to keep your condition under control.

      How do I know it is working?

      Check your blood pressure regularly. Your healthcare provider may also check your blood pressure at every visit. Following an appropriate diet and exercise plan will also affect your blood pressure results.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Benazepril tablets can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other ways to lower your blood pressure if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking benazepril tablets.

      More common side effects may include: headache, dizziness.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue), with symptoms such as difficulty in breathing.

      Low blood pressure, with symptoms such as lightheadedness, especially during the first few days of taking benazepril tablets. Dehydration, excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to an excessive fall in your blood pressure.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take benazepril tablets if you are allergic to them, any of their ingredients, or if you have a history of angioedema related to previous treatment with similar medicines.

      Do not take benazepril tablets with a medicine called aliskiren if you have diabetes.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with benazepril tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; kidney, liver, or heart problems; plan to undergo surgery or receive anesthesia; if you have a history of angioedema; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The recommended starting dose is 10 milligrams once a day. Your healthcare provider will adjust your dose based on your previous blood pressure medication and may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

      Children ≥6 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her weight.

      If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take benazepril tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking benazepril tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not become dehydrated. Drink adequate amount of fluids while you are taking benazepril tablets.

      Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If benazepril tablets are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining benazepril tablets with the following: aliskiren, blood pressure medications known as angiotensin receptors blockers (such as losartan), diabetes medicines (such as insulin), everolimus, injectable gold, lithium, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), potassium supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium, sirolimus, temsirolimus, or water pills (such as amiloride, spironolactone, or triamterene).

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      Benazepril tablets can harm your unborn baby if you take them during pregnancy. The ingredients in benazepril tablets can be found in your breast milk if you take them while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of benazepril tablets, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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