Do NOT take Benazepril if you are pregnant. Benazepril can cause injury and possibly death to a fetus when used after the third month of pregnancy. Talk with your doctor at once if you think that you are pregnant.
Benazepril is used for:
Treating high blood pressure. Benazepril may be used alone or with other blood pressure medicines. Benazepril may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. Benazepril works by decreasing a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This causes the blood vessels to relax (dilate), which lowers blood pressure.
Do NOT use Benazepril if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Benazepril or to any other ACE inhibitor (eg, lisinopril)
- you have a history of angioedema (eg, swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness)
- you are pregnant
Before using Benazepril :
Some medical conditions may interact with Benazepril . Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have or have ever had liver or kidney problems, kidney transplantation, or diabetes
- if you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus), scleroderma or a collagen vascular disease (ask your doctor if you are not sure), bone marrow suppression, low blood counts, low blood pressure, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, or narrowing or hardening of the arteries of the brain, or if you are dehydrated
- if you are scheduled to have surgery or to receive anesthesia or kidney dialysis
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Benazepril . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Dextran sulfate or thiazide diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of serious damage to the kidney (eg, decreased urine output, weight gain) may be increased
- Lithium because the risk of toxic side effects (eg, tiredness; confusion; slurred speech; muscle tremors, spasms, weakness, or involuntary movements; seizures; loss of consciousness; coma) may be increased by Benazepril
- Indomethacin because it may decrease Benazepril 's effectiveness
- Insulin or oral diabetes medicine (eg, glyburide) because the risk of side effects, including low blood sugar levels (eg, hunger, shakiness or weakness, dizziness, headache, sweating), may be increased by Benazepril
- Potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, amiloride) or potassium supplements because the risk of side effects, including high blood potassium levels resulting in listlessness, confusion, abnormal skin sensations of the arms and legs, heaviness of limbs, slow or irregular heartbeat, or stopping of the heart, may be increased
- Certain gold-containing medicines (eg, sodium aurothiomalate) because flushing, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure may occur
- Thiopurines (eg, azathioprine) because the risk of their side effects (eg, a low white blood cell count, increase in infections) may be increased by Benazepri
How to use Benazepril :
Use Benazepril as directed by your doctor. Check the label on Benazepril for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Benazepril by mouth with or without food.
- Taking Benazepril at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Drink plenty of fluids while taking Benazepril . Not drinking enough fluids or excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to lightheadedness or fainting.
- For children who cannot swallow tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist about preparing a suspension of Benazepril .
- If you miss a dose of Benazepril , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Benazepril may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take Benazepril with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Benazepril with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Benazepril.
- Benazepril may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take Benazepril even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
- Benazepril may cause a dry, unproductive cough. This symptom usually stops after treatment with Benazepril is stopped.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Benazepril before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
- Diabetes patients - Benazepril may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including blood pressure, may be performed while you use Benazepril . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Benazepril should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Benazepril may cause fetal and newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. Benazepril is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Benazepril .
Possible side effects of Benazepril :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Cough; dizziness, especially when standing; headache; nausea; sleepiness; tiredness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; chills; fainting; fever; hoarseness; irregular or slow heartbeat; lightheadedness; sore throat; unusual stomach pain; yellowing of the skin or eyes