What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Benazepril is prescription drug. It is sold from the pharmacy store only in the presence of written instructions known as prescription from a licensed healthcare provider
Common uses of benazepril
Benazepril is used in the treatment of hypertension, heart failure. Benazepril is also used in the treatment of kidney problems due to diabetes (Diabetes nephropathy)
When not to take benazepril
Do not take benazepril if you are hypersensitive to it or any other angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
Do not take benazepril if you have history of angioedema (Difficult in breathing, swelling of face, thoat, tongue)
Do not take benazepril in 2nd and 3 rd semester pregnancy (Refer precautions below for more details)
Benazepril can be used as anti hypertensive in children 7 – 16 years old. There is not data about its affect in children less than 6 years old
Lisinopril is mainly excreted by kidneys, dose adjustment is required in older people with impaired renal function
Benazepril belongs to FDA pregnancy category D. This means that benazepril can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use benazepril with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Benazepril passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use benazepril with out the consent from your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.
Benazepril is available in the form of tablets
For hypertension 10mg once daily. Maintenance dose is 20 – 40mg daily.
For heart failure: 2.5 mg once daily. Maintenance dose is 20 – 40mg daily.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose of benazepril contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
Over dosage symptoms are
Side effects for benazepril are
- Dizziness, tiredness
- Dry cough
If you notice any of the below side effects temporarily stop benazepril and consult your doctor immediately
- Sever sore throat
- Dark color urine
- Stomach pain
- Yellowing of skin and eyes
- Difficult in breathing
Store benazepril at room temp (25 degrees C / 77 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.