What is Benazepril?

Benazepril (Lotensin) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, or ACE inhibitor, usually prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure. Benazepril works by decreasing the formation of angiotensin II (a substance that constricts arteries and raises blood pressure), resulting in relaxed arteries and lower blood pressure. As an off-label use (non-FDA approved indication), benazepril is also used to treat congestive heart failure and chronic renal (kidney) failure. This medication is also prescribed to people with diabetes to prevent kidney damage. Benazepril tablets are taken orally, generally one to two times daily.

Benazepril is also known by its brand name, Lotensin.

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