Lotensin belongs to the class of medications called ACE inhibitors. It is used for the treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The active ingredient is benazepril. It works by relaxing blood vessels and reducing the workload of the heart. Benazepril may be used in addition to diuretics.
Take Lotensin exactly as it was prescribed for you. Take each dose with a full glass of water, with or without food. Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily while you are taking this medication. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel fine. The usual starting dose of Lotensin for adults is 10 mg daily. The dose may be increased gradually to a maximum of 40 mg daily. The usual dose is 20 mg daily.
Before taking Lotensin tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angioedema, diabetes, connective tissue disease (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Marfan syndrome, scleroderma), low blood pressure. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects.
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, allergic to Lotensin or to any other ACE inhibitor.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have jaundice, difficulty breathing, skin rash, chest pain, hives, stomach pain, urinating more or less than usual, fever, flu symptoms, muscle weakness, allergic to Lotensin or to any other ACE inhibitor, body aches. Less serious side effects may include: skin itching, cough, nausea, dizziness, headache. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Before taking Lotensin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs: diuretics (furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), lithium, insulin, potassium supplement (K-Dur, Klor-Con), vardenafil, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen), beta-blockers (carvedilol, atenolol), MAO inhibitors (phenelzine, selegiline), acetylsalicylic acid, cyclosporine. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are feeling light-headed, fainting.
Store the medicine at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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