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Is benazepril (Lotensin) safe to use while pregnant or breast-feeding?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers benazepril (Lotensin) to be a pregnancy category D drug, meaning that it can cause injury or death to a fetus. (Studies have demonstrated a risk of birth defects if benazepril is taken during any trimester.)  Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy before you begin to take benazepril.

It is currently believed that benazepril may present risks to a breastfeeding baby. If you are taking -- or considering use of -- benazepril while breastfeeding, contact your doctor to discuss any potential risks.

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