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What should I know about benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide before taking it?

Benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide should not be taken while pregnant. After the third month of pregnancy, it can seriously harm the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide, contact your doctor right away. People with allergies to ACE inhibitors, sulfonamide medications, people taking dofetilide or ketanserin, or people with a history of angioedema, kidney artery narrowing, or urination problems should not take benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide.

Before starting benazepril-hydrochlorothiazide, tell your doctor if you have have a history of heart or blood vessel problems, bone marrow, kidney, or liver disease, gout, diabetes, stroke, asthma, seasonal allergies, autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, or low blood pressure or sodium levels. Tell your doctor if you are on a low-sodium diet, if you are taking medications that reduce sensitivity to bee or wasp stings, if you are taking any other medications for high blood pressure, or if you are currently undergoing kidney dialysis or apheresis or planning to undergo major surgery in the near future.

Benazepril-hydrocholortiazide may interact with any of the following types of medication:

•digoxin
•dofetilide
•ketanserin
•dextran sulfate
•diazoxide
•diuretics
•angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
•aldosterone blockers
•potassium-sparing diuretics
•potassium supplements
•trimethoprim
•certain gold-containing medicines such as sodium aurothiomalate
•nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
•lithium or thiopurines and sulfonylureas

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