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Lotensin is a common prescription medication used to treat individuals with hypertension and congestive heart failure. It is also the brand name of the generic drug Benazepril. Benazepril belongs to the class of drugs known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Benazepril works by blocking the production of a chemical that tightens blood vessels. Without this chemical, your blood vessels relax, and your body holds on to less fluid. This causes your blood pressure to go down. In addition to helping with hypertension, Lotensin can also be used to treat congestive heart failure and prevent kidney disease in people with diabetes.
Uses and Dosage
Benazepril tablets should be taken orally, once, or twice per day, with or without food. To ensure you do not miss a dose, take it at the same time(s) each day. Always follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain anything you do not understand.
Do not take more or less than prescribed, and do not take it more often than your doctor recommends. Your doctor may start you on a low dose and gradually increase it. While benazepril helps control high blood pressure, it does not cure it, and you should continue to take it even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Benazepril without first consulting with your doctor.
- Typical dosing for benazepril (Lotensin) in adults involves a starting dose of 10 mg to be taken orally once daily. The recommended maintenance dose ranges between 20 mg and 40 mg to be taken orally once daily or split into two doses and taken twice daily. If you are also taking a water pill, the typical starting dose is 5 mg to be taken orally once daily.
- For children aged 6 years and older, the dose is calculated based on their weight, with a typical starting dose of 0.2 mg/kg taken orally once daily. The provider may increase the dose slowly over time if needed, up to a maximum of 0.6 mg/kg once daily.
Common Side Effects of Lotensin (Benazepril):
Serious Side Effects of Lotensin (Benazepril):
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Fever, sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Form and Strength
Lotensin (Benazepril) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
- Avoid alcohol or drink alcohol in moderation if you have high blood pressure. Alcohol does not affect how benazepril (Lotensin) works in your body. But drinking alcohol regularly can raise your blood pressure.
- Lotensin can cause harm or death to the unborn baby, so it should not be taken during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Lotensin, let your doctor know right away.
- It is unknown if Lotensin passes into breast milk, so talk to your doctor before breastfeeding while taking this medication.
- Lotensin can lower blood pressure, which may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Stand up slowly from a sitting or lying position, and let your doctor know if you experience these symptoms.
- Lotensin can cause kidney problems, especially if you already have kidney disease. Your doctor may need to monitor your kidney function regularly while you are taking Lotensin.
- Lotensin can cause liver problems, so let your doctor know if you have any history of liver disease.
- Lotensin can interact with other medications, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Let your doctor know about all medications you are taking to avoid potential interactions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does benazepril (Lotensin) last?
The effects of a dose of benazepril (Lotensin) typically last a little less than a day (about 19 hours). Depending on how your body responds to benazepril (Lotensin) and how your blood pressure differs throughout the day, your provider might ask you to take this medication once or twice a day.
Can Lotensin be taken with other medications?
Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you are taking, as they can interact with Lotensin.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Lotensin?
If you miss a dose of Lotensin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
What should I do if I experience side effects while taking Lotensin?
If you experience any side effects while taking Lotensin, talk with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.
Can I stop taking Lotensin if my blood pressure is under control?
Continue taking Lotensin as directed by your doctor, even if your blood pressure is under control. Stopping the medication suddenly can cause your blood pressure to increase again.
It's important to purchase Lotensin from verified Canadian pharmacy.