Benazepril (Lotensin)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Lotensin

What is Benazepril (Lotensin)?

The Information about Benazepril (Lotensin) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

benazepril lotensinBenazepril also known by the brand name Lotensin, is an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or (ACE) inhibitor.

ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance in your body that affects your cardiovascular system by narrowing your blood vessels and releasing hormones that can raise your blood pressure.

This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder. ACE inhibitors help relax these blood vessels.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Benazepril (Lotensin)

  • taking pillTake Benazepril (Lotensin) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Benazepril (Lotensin) with or without food and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Benazepril (Lotensin) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Store Benazepril (Lotensin) at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of Benazepril (Lotensin), take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating can cause you to become dehydrated. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking Benazepril (Lotensin).

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benazepril (Lotensin).

What to know before using Benazepril (Lotensin):

Certain prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products may interact with Benazepril (Lotensin). Tell your doctors about all medications you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Benazepril (Lotensin):

liver diseaseIf you are diabetic, do not use Benazepril (Lotensin) with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
  • allergy to Benazepril (Lotensin) or any other Ace Inhibitor
  • liver disease
  • diabetes
  • history of heart disease
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding

Side effects of Benazepril (Lotensin):

Stop using Benazepril (Lotensin) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Chills
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • diarrhea
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • fever
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • nausea
  • rapid breathing
  • rapid weight gain
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • unusual weight gain or loss
  • wheezing

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • dizziness
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

The information about Benazepril (Lotensin) comes from

Benazepril (Lotensin) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Benazepril (Lotensin) or other Ace Inhibitor medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva has several natural ingredients that help to widen the arteries, so they do not become too narrow.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Benazepril (Lotensin) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Benazepril (Lotensin) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Benazepril (Lotensin).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Benazepril (Lotensin).