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Benazepril Hcl

Benazepril Hcl

What is benazepril?

Benazepril is a prescription drug. It comes as an oral tablet.

Benazepril is available as a brand-name drug called Lotensin. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

Benazepril may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you may need to take it with other drugs.

Why it's used

Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Benazepril Dosage

Benazepril is available in tablet form in 5, 10, 20, and 40 milligrams (mg).

Although a liquid form is not commercially available, patients with difficulty swallowing may be able to have a suspension compounded by their pharmacist.

It’s also available in combinations with hydrochlorothiazide or amlodipine.

The usual starting dose of benazepril is 10 mg a day in tablet form.

Take this medication with or without food as directed by your doctor.

How it works

Benazepril belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Benazepril works by relaxing your blood vessels. This reduces the amount of work your heart has to do to pump your blood, which lowers your blood pressure.

Benazepril side effects

Benazepril oral tablet may cause drowsiness. It can also cause other side effects.

More common side effects

The more common side effects that can occur with use of benazepril include:

  • headache
  • cough
  • dizziness that occurs when changing positions
  • sleepiness

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

How should I use this medication?

The usual starting dose of benazepril for adults is 10 mg daily. If this dose does not lower the blood pressure enough after 2 weeks, the dose may be increased gradually to a maximum of 40 mg daily. The usual dose is 20 mg daily.

Lower doses may be used for people who take other medications that lower blood pressure (e.g., diuretics), or for people who have kidney disease. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects of the medication.

Benazepril may be taken with or without meals.

What side effects are possible with this medication?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.