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What is this medication?

LOTENSIN (Benazepril)

LOTENSIN (Benazepril) is indicated for the treatment of hypertension; high blood pressure.

When pregnancy is detected, discontinue benazepril as soon as possible. Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to a developing fetus.

How does this medication work? 

LOTENSIN (Benazepril) inhibits the enzymes responsible for converting angiotensin I to angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor.  Lower levels of angiotensin II cause an increase in plasma renin activity and reduction in aldosterone secretion all of which contribute to a lower blood pressure.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Take 5mg to 40mg daily.

How to Take: Take with or without food.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting LOTENSIN (Benazepril), make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Benazepri can cause angioedema (especially after the first dose), cholestatic jaundice, dry cough, hyperkalemia, hypotension, and deterioration in renal function. Benazepril can be used with caution for patients who have aortic and/or renal artery stenosis, ascites, collagen vascular disease, diabetes, and renal impairment.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Hypotension, headache, dizziness, drowsiness.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for LOTENSIN (Benazepril), only common ones.