Lotensin (Benazepril Hydrochloride) Tablets

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General Information

Lotensin Tablets is used to treat hypertension or high blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure lessens the risk of nonfatal and fatal cardiovascular events. It is primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions. These benefits have been seen in controlled trials of antihypertensive drugs from a wide variety of pharmacologic classes. Here includes the class to which this drug principally belongs.

 

How do Lotensin (Benazepril Hydrochloride) Tablets work?

Lotensin Tablet is an ACE or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. It is an enzyme in the body that causes the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes contraction of the muscles surrounding arteries and constriction of arteries in the body. Thereby it elevates blood pressure. ACE inhibitors such as benazepril lower blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of angiotensin II. As a result, it relaxes the arteries. Relaxing the arteries not only lowers blood pressure. It also improves the pumping efficiency of a failing heart and thereby benefits patients with heart failure.

 

Why use Lotensin (Benazepril Hydrochloride) Tablets?

Lotensin Tablets has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. This is s white to off-white crystalline powder, soluble in methanol, ethanol, and in water. The active metabolite of benazepril is a non-sulfhydryl angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. This is supplied as tablets containing 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg of benazepril hydrochloride for oral administration.

 

How to use Lotensin (Benazepril Hydrochloride) Tablets?

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. The usual starting dose of this medication is 10mg daily. Doses may be increased to 20-40mg once a day or divided and administered twice a day. If patients are taking a diuretic or water pill, the starting dose is 5mg daily. You may take this with or without food.

 

What are the side-effects of Lotensin (Benazepril Hydrochloride) Tablets?

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of taste and appetite
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Fainting
  • Rash
  • Swollen or sore throat

 

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before taking this medication, consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Do not share this or any of your medications with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • This may cause a very rare allergic reaction. If it happens, call for medical help right away.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
  • Keep this away from the reach of children or from your pets.