What should I know about Benazepril before taking it?

Before taking benazepril (Lotensin), you should know that:
  • Studies have demonstrated a risk of birth defects if benazepril is taken during any pregnancy trimester.
  • Women who are breastfeeding should discuss with their doctors the potential risks benazepril could present to their babies.
  • Your doctor should also be made aware if you have certain conditions, including immune system disease, lupus, heart disease, blood vessel disease, liver disease, kidney problems, a history of allergies or angioedema. This knowledge will help your doctor determine whether benazepril is right for you.
  • Benazepril may interact with other medications or dietary supplements, so it is important to notify your doctor about all of the medications and supplements you are taking or have recently taken. The following are some of the medications that may cause side effects when used with benazepril:
  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • diuretics
  • high blood pressure medications
  • lithium
  • NSAIDs for pain
  • over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • cold and allergy medications
  • potassium supplements

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