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Benazepril is known to be an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor which is used for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is the generic name of Lotensin. This medication may be taken alone or in conjunction with some other blood pressure medicines. This may also be used in treating other conditions under the advice of a personís doctor. This medication causes a decrease in the chemical that causes the blood vessels to tighten. This, in turn, results to the dilating of the blood vessels which thus causes the blood pressure to decrease.
There are some important things to remember before taking Benazepril. This medicine may interact with other preexisting medical conditions. Some conditions should be considered, like if the intended user is pregnant or is breastfeeding and if the user is taking other medications or supplements. Some other conditions, such as if the person has other ailments like liver or kidney problems, diabetes, collagen vascular disease, lupus, or are dehydrated should also be taken into considerations. People with these types of conditions or ailments should talk to their doctors first before proceeding with the first dose of this medication. The same advice applies to people who are scheduled for surgery or are going to receive anesthesia or a kidney dialysis.
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Other medications may also interact with Benazepril. These medications may cause the effectiveness of Benazepril to be lessened or may cause other types of ailments or reactions. Some examples of medicines which may react to Benazepril are thiazide diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide), lithium, indomethacin, oral diabetes medicine, potassium supplements, potassium-sparing diuretics, and thiopurines (axathioprine). To be safe, it is advisable for a person to consult with his/her health care provider if he/she is taking any of these other medicines.
Some common side effects of this medicine are cough, dizziness, headaches, and sleepiness. However, there are also some severe side effects which may also occur. These severe side effects are severe allergic reactions, tightness in the chest, lightheadedness, irregular heartbeat, flu, and stomach pains. Because of the given possibility that these side effects may occur, it is therefore not to take this medicine if the intended user is a pregnant woman who has just passed her third month of pregnancy or is breastfeeding. It is also not intended for children under six years of age. Patients with diabetes are also advised to consult with their doctors first since this medicine may affect their blood sugar
The medicine may be purchased in different packages. The price of the package increases as the dosage and the amount of pills found in each package increases. The shelf life of each the pills is two years after its date of manufacture.
This medicine may be taken before or after meals but should be taken in a regular schedule. It is important to take in lots of fluids while taking this medicine since not doing so may cause a person to feel light headed. Advice on how to prepare a suspension of Benazepril for children who have difficulty swallowing pills or tablets should be taken or asked from a doctor or pharmacist.
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