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Benazepril - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Benazepril

Generic Name : Benazepril
Pronunciation : ben-AZ-e-pril
Latest prescription information about Benazepril. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.4 | Therapeutic Classification : ACE Inhibitors
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Benazepril

India : 

International : 

Lotensin
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Why is Benazepril Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, prescribed for high blood pressure. It decreases a chemical that tightens blood vessels thereby making blood vessels to dilate, which lowers blood pressure.  
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When should Benazepril not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of angioedema and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Benazepril?

Adults- The recommended initial dose for patients not receiving a diuretic is 10 mg once a day.

How should Benazepril be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Benazepril?

• It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus),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, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

It may cause dry, unproductive cough; if it is so stop the medication.

Monitor blood pressure and sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Benazepril?

  Most Common: Headache and cough.
  Central Nervous System: Dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, fatigue, shock, anxiety, decreased libido, muscle tightness, sleeplessness, nervousness and tingling.
  Heart: Low blood pressure.
  Genitourinary: Increased urea in blood.
  Gastrointestinal: Inflammation of pancreas/intestine, constipation, nausea, vomiting and blood in stool.
  Blood: Anemia and decrease in platelets.
  Miscellaneous: Asthma, inflammation of bronchus/sinus/joint, difficulty in breathing, urinary tract infection, frequent urination, infection, impotence, hair loss, muscle/joint pain, weakness and sweating.

What are the other precautions for Benazepril?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Benazepril?

Store at 20 to 25C
Learn more about Benazepril's interaction with Food, Herbs and Alcohol



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