Generic Name: benazepril (ben-AZ-e-pril)
Brand Name: Lotensin
Do NOT take benazepril if you are pregnant. Benazepril can cause injury and possibly death to a fetus when used during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor at once if you think that you are pregnant. If you are planning to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about other treatment options.
Benazepril is used for:
Treating high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other blood pressure medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It works by relaxing the blood vessels, which helps to lower blood pressure.
Do NOT use benazepril if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in benazepril or to any other ACE inhibitor (eg, lisinopril)
- you have a history of angioedema (eg, swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness)
- you are pregnant
- the patient is a child with severe kidney problems
- you are taking a medicine that contains aliskiren and you also have diabetes or kidney problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if a medicine you take contains aliskiren
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using benazepril:
Some medical conditions may interact with benazepril. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are able to become pregnant
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have or have ever had liver or kidney problems, or kidney transplantation
- if you have an autoimmune disease (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma), bone marrow suppression, heart problems (eg, heart failure), low white blood cell levels, low blood pressure, low blood volume, low blood sodium levels, high blood potassium levels, diabetes, or blood vessel problems (eg, in the brain)
- if you are dehydrated or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
- if you are on dialysis or are scheduled to have surgery or to receive anesthesia
- if you are receiving treatments to reduce sensitivity to bee or wasp stings
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with benazepril. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Eplerenone, potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, amiloride), potassium supplements, or trimethoprim because the risk of high blood potassium levels may be increased
- Everolimus or sirolimus because the risk of angioedema may be increased
- Aliskiren or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) (eg, valsartan) because the risk of certain side effects (eg, kidney problems, high blood potassium levels, low blood pressure) may be increased
- Insulin or oral diabetes medicine (eg, glyburide) because the risk of low blood sugar levels (eg, hunger, shakiness or weakness, dizziness, headache, sweating), may be increased by benazepril
- Certain gold-containing medicines (eg, sodium aurothiomalate) because flushing, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure may occur
- Dextran sulfate or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because they may increase the risk of benazepril's side effects, such as low blood pressure
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, celecoxib, ibuprofen, indomethacin) because they may decrease benazepril's effectiveness and the risk of kidney problems may be increased
- Lithium or thiopurines (eg, azathioprine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by benazepril
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if benazepril may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use benazepril:
Use benazepril as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take benazepril by mouth with or without food.
- Taking benazepril at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Drink plenty of fluids while taking benazepril. Not drinking enough fluids or excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to light-headedness or fainting.
- If you cannot swallow tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist about preparing a suspension of benazepril.
- If you miss a dose of benazepril, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use benazepril.
Important safety information:
- Benazepril may cause dizziness or light-headedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use benazepril with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Benazepril may cause dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Dehydration, excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea may increase the risk of low blood pressure. Contact your health care provider at once if any of these occur.
- Benazepril may cause a serious side effect called angioedema. The risk may be higher in black patients. Contact your doctor at once if you develop swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness.
- Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
- Benazepril may cause a dry, unproductive cough. If caused by benazepril, this symptom usually stops after treatment with benazepril is stopped.
- Benazepril may not work as well in black patients. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
- Benazepril may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to benazepril. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take benazepril before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
- If you have high blood pressure, do not use nonprescription products that contain stimulants. These products may include diet pills or cold medicines. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
- Diabetes patients - Benazepril may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including blood pressure, kidney function, and blood electrolytes levels, may be performed while you use benazepril. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Benazepril should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Benazepril may cause birth defects or fetal or newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. Benazepril is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking benazepril.
Possible side effects of benazepril:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Cough; dizziness, especially when standing; headache.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; chills; decreased urination; fainting; fever; hoarseness; irregular or slow heartbeat; light-headedness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent dizziness; shortness of breath; sore throat; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; severe dizziness or light-headedness.Proper storage of benazepril:
Store benazepril below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep benazepril out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about benazepril, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Benazepril is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take benazepril or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about benazepril. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to benazepril. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using benazepril.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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