Benazepril

Published: 27th April 2010
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Benazepril or as it is known by the brand name Lotensin, is a drug that is usually used in the treatment of high blood pressure or hypertension, congestive heart failure, and chronic renal failure or kidney failure. More often than not it will be prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. It may be used by itself or in conjunction with other antihypertensives. Benazepril is defined as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It operates by lowering a chemical that constricts the blood vessels. This then results in the relaxation and imminent dilation of the blood vessels which ultimately reduces elevated blood pressure levels.



Dosing

The oral tablets will contain doses of 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg.

Benazepril may be integrated with hydrochlorothiazide, and is called Lotensin HCT. If it is combined with amlodipine it will be available as the medication Lotrel.

It will be sold as a tablet that must be taken orally. It is usually taken once or twice daily with or without food. To ensure you do not forget to take a dose of benazepril take it around the same time each day. Take it in the manner in which it was prescribed and insist that your doctor or pharmacist clarifies any information that you do not immediately understand. Do not take more than or less than the dose that is needed, this will definitely affect the viability of treatment.

Your doctor will initially give you a low dose of the drug to help your body familiarize itself with the effects of the drug. Over a period the dose will be increased to meet the treatment requirements.

Though benazepril will control elevated blood pressure levels it will not cure the disease. Do not stop taking benazepril even if you appear to feel much better. Your doctor is the only one who should recommend any modifications to dosing.



Side Effects

Benazepril has corresponding side effects. Tell your doctor of any symptoms that are intense and that do not subside after a certain period.

Drowsiness

Cough

Headache

Dizziness



There are other more serious side effects that may materialize. The symptoms listed below are rare but if they do manifest you must get in contact with your doctor at once.

Fever, sore throat, chills, and other possible signs of infection

Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

Hoarseness

Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Lightheadedness

Fainting (syncope)

Rash

Yellowing of the skin or eyes



Benazepril may cause additional side effects, it is therefore advisable that you call your doctor if you have any atypical symptoms while taking the medication.

If you are stricken with a particularly serious side effect you or your doctor may send a formal report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA).



In Case of Accidental Overdose

In case of accidental overdose, alert your local poison control division at toll free number 1-800-222-1222. If the individual faints or has ceased breathing call 911 to get much needed emergency assistance.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

Fainting (syncope)

Dizziness



Contraindications



If Pregnant

It is strongly recommended that benazepril is not taken when pregnant. Benazepril may cause serious harm to the developing foetus and possible death if used in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Consult your doctor immediately if you suspect that you are pregnant. In addition if you are trying to conceive do not take benazepril.



Other contraindications include:



An allergic reaction to any ingredient found in benazepril

If you have already had an allergic reaction to another ACE inhibitor



Consult your doctor or health care provider if any of these contraindications apply to you.Please visit these sites for more information on Benazepril and Benazonatate.

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