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Lotensin Side Effects

Generic Name: benazepril

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of benazepril. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Lotensin.

Not all side effects for Lotensin may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to benazepril: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by benazepril (the active ingredient contained in Lotensin). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking benazepril:

Less common
  • Chills
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • diarrhea
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • fever
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • nausea
  • rapid breathing
  • rapid weight gain
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • unusual weight gain or loss
  • wheezing

Some of the side effects that can occur with benazepril may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Headache
Less common
  • Cough
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to benazepril: oral tablet

General

The most common side effects were headache, dizziness, somnolence, and postural dizziness.[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness, somnolence, postural dizziness
Frequency not reported: Hypertonia, paresthesia[Ref]

Hematologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Decreases in hemoglobin (a low value and a decrease of 5 g/dL)
Frequency not reported: Thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, eosinophilia[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, pemphigus, dermatitis, pruritus, rash, photosensitivity, alopecia, sweating, angioedema[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Asthma, bronchitis, dyspnea, sinusitis, cough[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Uric acid increased, blood glucose increased, hyponatremia[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Flushing, electrocardiographic changes, hypotension[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Nausea, pancreatitis, constipation, gastritis, vomiting, melena[Ref]

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Urinary tract infection, frequent urination, impotence, proteinuria[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Serum bilirubin increased, liver enzymes increased[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Infection[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Arthritis, arthralgia, myalgia[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Fatigue, asthenia[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Anxiety, decreased libido, insomnia, nervousness[Ref]

References

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

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