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Brand Name(s): Lotensin
CAS nš: 86541-75-5
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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. 

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