Benazepril is employed either as a monotherapy or in conjunction with other medications to effectively manage high blood pressure. Belonging to the class of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, benazepril functions by reducing specific chemicals that constrict the blood vessels, resulting in smoother blood flow throughout the body. This mechanism aids in the regulation of blood pressure and its associated complications.
Uses and Dosage
Follow your doctor’s instructions and take this medication orally, with or without food, typically once or twice daily.
If you are using the suspension form of the medication, ensure you shake the bottle thoroughly before each dose. Accurately measure the prescribed dose using a specialized measuring device or spoon; avoid using a household spoon, as it may not provide the correct dose.
The dosage is determined based on your medical condition and how you respond to the treatment. For children, the dosage is also adjusted according to their weight.
To maximize the benefits of this medication, use it consistently and at the same time(s) every day.
Even if you feel well, continue taking the medication, as most individuals with high blood pressure may not experience noticeable symptoms.
It might take 1 to 2 weeks before you observe the full benefits of the medication. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens, such as if your blood pressure readings remain elevated or increase during the treatment period.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
Before starting benazepril, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies, particularly to ACE inhibitors like lisinopril, or if you have any other known allergies. This medication might contain inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other related issues.
Prior to using this medication, discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you have a history of allergic reactions involving swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat (angioedema), undergone blood filtering procedures like LDL apheresis or dialysis, or if you have elevated levels of potassium in your blood.
This drug may induce dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid alcohol or marijuana consumption, as they can further enhance these effects. Refrain from driving, using machinery, or performing tasks that require alertness until you can do so safely.
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, be cautious when rising from a seated or lying position, and do so gradually.
In case of excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting, dehydration may occur, leading to an increased risk of lightheadedness. Inform your doctor if you experience prolonged diarrhea or vomiting. Ensure adequate fluid intake to prevent dehydration, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
This medication has the potential to raise potassium levels in your body. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this medication, particularly dizziness and increases in potassium levels.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor. You should avoid becoming pregnant while using benazepril, as it may harm an unborn baby. In case of pregnancy, promptly discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor to discuss the potential risks and benefits associated with its use.
Form and Strength
Lotensin is available in the following forms and strengths:
What is the best time of day to take Lotensin?
Morning administration is preferable because it more effectively covers the whole 24 hours than an evening dose.
How long does Lotensin last?
The effects of a dose of Lotensin typically last a little less than a day (about 19 hours).