Benazepril

Description

Benazepril is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It is used alone or in combination with other blood pressure medicines. Patients are advised to follow a strict exercise and diet regimen along with this medicine to get the best possible effect.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Benazepril

  • Increased potassium levels
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
  • Skin rash
  • Hypotension
  • Cough
  • Increased heart beat
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills and fever
  • Stomach pain

Uses of Benazepril

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hypertension
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1-2 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Benazepril or any other medicine of the same class.

Angioedema

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors induced angioedema or hereditary angioedema due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Aliskiren

This medicine is not recommended for use with aliskiren in patients with diabetes or renal impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Hypotension

This medicine may cause hypotension, especially when used in combination with other high blood pressure medicines such as diuretics. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is recommended during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments should be done based on the clinical condition.

Aliskiren

Benazepril is not recommended for use in combination with aliskiren due to the increased risk of serious side effects. This risk is especially higher in diabetic patients. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be done under your doctor's supervision.

Hyperkalemia

This medicine may significantly increase the potassium levels in the blood. This may cause serious adverse effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Allopurinol

Aliskiren

Insulin

Diclofenac

Candesartan

Sacubitril/Valsartan

Disease interactions

Bone marrow suppression

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with bone marrow suppression due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of complete blood count is necessary for such patients. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with liver diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Renal Dysfunction

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Hemodialysis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients undergoing hemodialysis due to the increased risk of severe allergic reactions. Patients should be monitored closely for any signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Food interactions
It is recommended to avoid a high potassium diet during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects. Your doctor/dietitian will suggest an appropriate diet for you to avoid high intake of potassium.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than prescribed. Consult your doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing the blood vessels. This allows the blood to flow smoothly and decreases the blood pressure.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2015/019851s045s049lbl.pdf

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00542

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https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~HHqJLW:4

Benazepril hydrochloride tablet, film coated [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 14 August 2017]. Available from:

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Information on this page was last updated on 15 Aug 2017

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