What should I know about benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide?

You should know that benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) should not be taken by people who have had asthma or those who have experienced allergic reactions after taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. People who take benazepril-HCTZ should be careful during exercise and in hot weather. Although it is important to drink an ample supply of water, it is also important not to drink too much water. Avoid regular use of salt substitutes, and do not take potassium supplements while taking benazepril-HCTZ. Certain things can make your blood pressure fall well below normal. These include: exercise, illnesses involving vomiting or diarrhea or a low salt diet. Talk to your doctor about what else you should and should not do while on this medication. People with certain ailments, including kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, gout, lupus or diabetes, or people on dialysis and those who are allergic to sulfa drugs, may need a dosage adjustment if they take benazepril-HCTZ. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take benazepril-HCTZ.

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