Benace 5 mg (Benazepril)
What is benazepril?
Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Benazepril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about benazepril?
Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Benazepril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. If you have diabetes, do not use benazepril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna).
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking benazepril?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to benazepril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as captopril, fosinopril, enalapril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, or trandolapril. If you have diabetes, do not use benazepril together with any medication that contains aliskiren (Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna). You may also need to avoid taking benazepril with aliskiren if you have kidney disease. To make sure benazepril is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); liver disease; diabetes; or any history of heart disease.
Do not use benazepril if you are pregnant. Stop using benazepril and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Benazepril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking benazepril. Benazepril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using benazepril. Benazepril is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.
How should I take benazepril?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. You may take benazepril with or without food. Drink plenty of water each day while you are taking this medicine. Your blood pressure will need to be checked often, and you may need frequent blood tests. Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medicine. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking benazepril. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using benazepril. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time. Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
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.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking benazepril?
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise, in hot weather, or by not drinking enough fluids. Benazepril can decrease sweating and you may be more prone to heat stroke. Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of benazepril. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking benazepril, unless your doctor has told you to.
Benazepril side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; little or no urinating; high potassium--nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement; liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
|Generic Name||Benazepril Hcl|
|Manufacturer||Novartis Ltd, India|