Benazepril (Lotensin) is an Angiotensin-converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and older children. It is possible that lowering blood pressure will reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Benazepril (Lotensin) works by reducing specific molecules that tighten the blood arteries, allowing the blood to flow more freely.
What dosages of Benazepril (Lotensin) are available?
Benazepril (Lotensin) is available in the following dosages:
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
- 40 mg
For patients who are not taking a diuretic, a starting dose of 10 mg once a day is recommended. The usual maintenance dosage range is 20 to 40 mg per day, given in two equal doses or as a single dose.
What side effects are common with taking Benazepril (Lotensin)?
Common side effects of Benazepril (Lotensin) are:
More serious effects are:
- Angioedema (inflammation of the tissues around the joints) of the hands and feet
- Hoarse Voice
- Difficult to breathe or swallow
- Skin or eye discoloration
- Fever, chills, or other infections
If you experience any of these effects, contact your doctor immediately.
Does Benazepril (Lotensin) interact with other medications?
Interactions between medications can alter their effects or increase your vulnerability to harmful side effects. Benzaepril (Lotensin) does react with other medications including:
- Diuretics – May cause reduction of blood pressure
- Antidiabetics – May increase the risk of low blood sugar
- COX-2 Inhibitors – May result in renal function deterioration, possibly leading to acute renal failure
- Dual Blockade of the RAS (Renin-angiotensin System) – May increase risk of hypotension and hyperkalemia, and may result in changes in renal function
- Mammalian Target Of Rapamycin (MTOR) Inhibitors – May increase risk for angioedema
- Lithium – May increase the chance of lithium toxicity
- Gold – May increase risk of nitritoid reactions
Who should NOT take Benazepril (Lotensin)?
Although Benazepril (Lotensin) is good for lowering blood pressure, it is not advisable to take it if you are:
- Hypersensitive to Benazepril (Lotensin) or any other ACE inhibitors
- A person with a history of angioedema, especially if it is caused by ACE inhibitors
- Pregnant or likely to become pregnant
What drugs are similar to Benazepril (Lotensin)?
Does Benazepril (Lotensin) have a generic form?
Benazepril is the generic form of Lotensin.
What is the price of Benazepril (Lotensin) without insurance?
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