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benazepril

Pronunciation: ben AY ze pril

Brand: Lotensin

Benazepril 10 mg-AMN

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Benazepril 10 mg-APO

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Benazepril 10 mg-EON

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Benazepril 10 mg-ETH

round, red, imprinted with 342, ETH

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Benazepril 10 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M, 443

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Benazepril 10 mg-RAN

round, yellow, imprinted with RX 737

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Benazepril 10 mg-SAN

round, yellow, imprinted with GG 747, 10

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Benazepril 10 mg-TEV

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Benazepril 20 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with 53, A

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Benazepril 20 mg-APO

round, peach, imprinted with APO, BE 20

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Benazepril 20 mg-EON

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Benazepril 20 mg-ETH

round, gray, imprinted with 343, ETH

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Benazepril 20 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M 444

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Benazepril 20 mg-RAN

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Benazepril 20 mg-SAN

round, pink, imprinted with GG 748, 20

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Benazepril 20 mg-TEV

triangular, pink, imprinted with 93, 5126

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Benazepril 40 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with A, 54

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Benazepril 40 mg-APO

round, pink, imprinted with APO, BE 40

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Benazepril 40 mg-EON

round, red, imprinted with E 48

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Benazepril 40 mg-ETH

round, blue, imprinted with 344, ETH

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Benazepril 40 mg-MYL

oval, white, imprinted with M447

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Benazepril 40 mg-TEV

triangular, pink, imprinted with 93, 5127

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Benazepril 5 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with 51, A

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Benazepril 5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, BE 5

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Benazepril 5 mg-EON

round, yellow, imprinted with E 5

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Benazepril 5 mg-ETH

round, white, imprinted with 341, ETH

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Benazepril 5 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M, 441

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Benazepril 5 mg-TEV

triangular, yellow, imprinted with 93, 5124

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Lotensin 10 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 10

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Lotensin 10 mg-NOV

round, yellow, imprinted with 10, LOTENSIN

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Lotensin 20 mg

round, pink, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 20

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Lotensin 40 mg

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Lotensin 5 mg

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What is the most important information I should know about benazepril?

Multum nopreg

Do not use benazepril if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Multum noalcohol

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of benazepril.

Multum donot

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking benazepril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

What is benazepril?

Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Benazepril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking benazepril?

Multum donot

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to benazepril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as captopril, fosinopril, enalapril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril.

If you have diabetes or kidney disease, you may not be able to take benazepril if you are also taking a blood pressure medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, or Valturna).

To make sure benazepril is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • liver disease;
  • diabetes; or
  • heart disease or congestive heart failure.
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Benazepril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control.

Multum nobrfeed

Benazepril can pass into breast milk. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Multum nochild

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without medical advice.

How should I take benazepril?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take benazepril with or without food.

Multum shake

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Multum water

'Vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating can cause you to become dehydrated. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking benazepril. Drink plenty of water each day while you are taking this medication.

Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be checked.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using benazepril. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Multum rt

Store benazepril tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Multum refig

Store the liquid medicine in the refrigerator, do not freeze. Throw away any unused liquid after 30 days.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking benazepril?

Multum dizzy

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Multum noalcohol

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of benazepril.

Multum donot

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking benazepril, unless your doctor has told you to.

What are the possible side effects of benazepril?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction to benazepril if you are African-American.

Multum calldoc

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • little or no urinating;
  • swelling or rapid weight gain;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling); or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • cough;
  • headache;
  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;
  • anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • nausea, vomiting, constipation; or
  • mild skin itching or rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect benazepril?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with benazepril, especially:

  • any other blood pressure medications;
  • gold injections to treat arthritis;
  • insulin or oral diabetes medication;
  • lithium;
  • a potassium supplement such as K-Dur, Klor-Con;
  • a salt substitute that contains potassium; or
  • a diuretic or "water pill."

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with benazepril, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about benazepril.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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