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Benazepril, brand name Lotensin (Novartis), is an ACE inhibitor used primarily in treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks, and also in preventing the renal and retinal complications of diabetes.

WHAT IS BENAZEPRIL

Benazepril is a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and chronic renal failure.
Benazepril is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor. ACE is an enzyme in the body which is important for the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes constriction of arteries in the body, thereby elevating blood pressure. ACE inhibitors such as benazepril lower blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of angiotensin II, thus relaxing the arteries. Relaxing the arteries not only lowers blood pressure, but also improves the pumping efficiency of a failing heart and improves cardiac output in patients with heart failure.

 

Brand Name(s): Lotensin
CAS nº: 86541-75-5
(ben ay’ ze pril)

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to benazepril and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Benazepril has been approved by the US FDA.
In order to purchase and take this medication, a prescription is required.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Benazepril is a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and chronic renal failure. 

Benazepril is an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor. ACE is an enzyme in the body which is important for the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes constriction of arteries in the body, thereby elevating blood pressure.
ACE inhibitors such as benazepril lower blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of angiotensin II, thus relaxing the arteries. Relaxing the arteries not only lowers blood pressure, but also improves the pumping efficiency of a failing heart and improves cardiac output in patients with heart failure.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes, and with other medications (such as “water pills”/diuretics,  and digoxin) to treat congestive heart failure.

However, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your particular condition.

Dosage and using this medicine

Benazepril comes as a tablet to be taken orally. It is usually taken once or twice a day, or as directed by your doctor.

You may take this drug with or without food, and each dose should be taken with a full glass of water.

To help you remember to take benazepril, take it around the same time every day.  

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. 

For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug occurs, or several weeks/months when used for congestive heart failure.

Do not take more or less of it, or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING FLUOXETINE:

It is important that you inform your doctor if you suffer from any of the following: kidney disease; are on a salt-restricted diet or have high levels of potassium in your blood; are taking salt substitutes, potassium supplements (e.g., K-Dur®, Klor-Con®), or potassium-sparing diuretics such as amiloride (Midamor®),triamterene (Dyrenium®, Dyazide®, Maxzide®), or spironolactone (Aldactone®); or have scleroderma or lupus.

Benazepril may increase the risk of dangerous allergic reactions. Before taking benazepril, please tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction that involved swelling of your lips, face, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing. Seek emergency medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms while taking benazepril.

You may not be able to take benazepril, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment, if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Benazepril is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that benazepril is known to harm an unborn baby. When used during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, benazepril can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. Do not take benazepril if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether benazepril passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose.
Do not take a double dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from benazepril may include:

headache


cough

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

headache 
fatigue


dry, tickling cough


anxiety or depression


numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs


nausea or constipation


taste disturbance

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itching, rash, or increased sweating

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives)


chest pain


an irregular heartbeat or changes in your heartbeat


severe dizziness or fainting

signs of an infection including a sore throat or a fever




Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). 

Please remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed and, if necessary, talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or call your doctor immediately. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • extreme dizziness
  • 
weakness
  • fainting
  • fatigue

Product Images

PICTURES OF BENAZEPRIL PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of benazepril that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.
The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 5 MG
Imprint: M | 441
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 10 MG
Imprint: ETH | 342
Manufacturer: ETHEX CORP.

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 10 MG
Imprint: M | 443
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 10 MG
Imprint: RX 737
Manufacturer: RANBAXY

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 10 MG
Imprint: GG 747 | 10
Manufacturer: SANDOZ

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: 93 | 5127
Manufacturer: TEVA USA

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 20 MG
Imprint: M 444
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 20 MG
Imprint: GG 748 | 20
Manufacturer: SANDOZ

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: E 48
Manufacturer: EON LABS.

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: ETH | 344
Manufacturer: ETHEX CORP.

Name: BENAZEPRIL
Strength(s): 40 MG
Imprint: M 447
Manufacturer: MYLAN

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