What should I avoid while taking Lotensin?

While taking the blood pressure medication Lotensin (benazepril), you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages because Lotensin can make you drowsy and dizzy, and alcohol may intensify those effects. You should also avoid driving, operating machinery or doing anything that involves mental alertness until you know how Lotensin affects you.

You should be careful about situations that will cause excessive sweating; the loss of body fluids can cause blood pressure to drop and put you at risk for fainting. You should also avoid standing or sitting up too quickly, especially if you are older, since this can cause light-headedness and fainting. Don't treat yourself for any colds, coughs or pain without consulting your doctor, because some of the medications used to treat these conditions can cause high blood pressure.

While you're on Lotensin, you shouldn't use potassium-containing salt substitutes or potassium supplements without talking with your doctor, because the combination can raise your blood potassium levels dangerously high. Also, you should avoid starting any new medicine (prescription or nonprescription) or supplement without first talking to your doctor. Some can interact with Lotensin and cause side effects.

It's very important to avoid taking Lotensin while pregnant, especially during the last six months. This drug can cause harm or even be fatal to a developing fetus. If you're on Lotensin, alert your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.