In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02273918 ||BENAZEPRIL 20MG TABLET|
|02290332 ||BENAZEPRIL 5MG TABLET|
|02290340 ||BENAZEPRIL 10MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Benazepril belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It is used to treat mild to moderately high blood pressure. It works by relaxing blood vessels and reducing the workload of the heart. Benazepril may be used in addition to diuretics (water pills) known as thiazide diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide) when one medication has not been found to control blood pressure satisfactorily.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual starting dose of benazepril for adults is 10 mg daily. If this dose does not lower the blood pressure enough after 2 weeks, the dose may be increased gradually to a maximum of 40 mg daily. The usual dose is 20 mg daily.
Lower doses may be used for people who take other medications that lower blood pressure (e.g., diuretics), or for people who have kidney disease. It may take up to 2 weeks to see the full effects of the medication.
Benazepril may be taken with or without meals.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each light yellow, capsule-shaped, scored, film-coated tablet, with "BE" over "5" on one side, contains benazepril HCl 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide, and zinc stearate.
Each yellow, capsule-shaped, scored, film-coated tablet, with "BE" over "10" on one side, contains benazepril HCl 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, yellow iron oxide, and zinc stearate.
Each light pink, round, unscored, film-coated tablet with "BE" over "20" on one side, contains benazepril HCl 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, red iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and zinc stearate.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to benazepril or any ingredients of the medication
- are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
- have a history of angioedema (a serious allergic reaction which causes the area around the throat and tongue to swell) after taking any medications known as ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, lisinopril, ramipril)