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Drugs reference index «Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide»

Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide


Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide

Generic Name: Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide (ben-AZ-e-pril/HYE-droe-KLOR-oh-THYE-a-zide)Brand Name: Lotensin HCT

Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause injury or death to the fetus if taken after the third month of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away.

Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide is used for:

Treating high blood pressure.

Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide is an angiotension-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and thiazide diuretic combination. It works to lower your blood pressure by removing excess fluid from the body and causing blood vessels to relax or widen.

Do NOT use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide , any other sulfonamide medicine (eg, sulfamethoxazole, glyburide, probenecid), or other ACE inhibitors (eg, lisinopril)
  • you have a history of angioedema (swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or unusual hoarseness) or kidney artery narrowing, or are unable to urinate
  • you are also taking dofetilide or ketanserin
  • you are pregnant

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Some medical conditions may interact with Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are able to become pregnant
  • if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart failure, aortic stenosis), blood vessel problems, blood flow problems, bone marrow problems, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, or gout
  • if you have a history of stroke, recent heart attack, kidney transplant, allergies, or asthma
  • if you have an autoimmune disease (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma)
  • if you are dehydrated, have low blood volume, or low blood pressure
  • if you have high blood potassium levels, low blood sodium levels, or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
  • if you are receiving treatments to reduce sensitivity to bee or wasp stings
  • if you are having dialysis or apheresis, are scheduled to have major surgery, or receive anesthesia
  • if you are taking another medicine for high blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Digoxin, dofetilide, or ketanserin because the risk of irregular heartbeat may be increased
  • Dextran sulfate, diazoxide or diuretics because an increased risk for low blood pressure may occur
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) (eg, losartan) because the risk of serious damage to the kidneys (eg, decrease in amount of urine, weight gain) may be increased
  • Aldosterone blockers (eg, eplerenone), potassium-sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone, triamterene), potassium supplements, or trimethoprim because the risk of high blood potassium levels may be increased
  • Certain gold-containing medicines (eg, sodium aurothiomalate) because flushing, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure may occur
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen, indomethacin) because the risk of serious damage to the kidneys (eg, decrease in amount of urine, weight gain) may be increased or they may decrease Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide 's effectiveness
  • Lithium or thiopurines (eg, azathiopurine) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Sulfonylureas (eg, glyburide) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide by mouth with or without food.
  • If you take cholestyramine or colestipol, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide .
  • Take Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Taking Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
  • Continue to take Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide .

Important safety information:

  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
  • Check with your doctor before you use a salt substitute or a product that has potassium in it.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide and avoid engaging in activities that cause excessive sweating. Dehydration, excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea may lead to a fall in blood pressure. Contact your health care provider at once if any of these occur.
  • A persistent, unproductive cough may occur. Tell your doctor if this occurs. Recovery is rapid when the medicine is stopped.
  • Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment. Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may not work as well in black patients. They may also be at greater risk of side effects. Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Diabetes patients - Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may interfere with certain lab tests, including parathyroid function tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide .
  • Lab tests, including blood electrolytes, blood pressure, blood cell counts, and kidney function, may be performed while you use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide may cause fetal and newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide .

Possible side effects of Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Cough; diarrhea; dizziness or lightheadedness when sitting up or standing; fatigue; headache; nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty swallowing or breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, unusual hoarseness); blurred vision or other vision changes; chest pain; dark urine; decreased sexual ability; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; increase in thirst, hunger, or urination; muscle cramps, weakness, or stiffness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; severe or persistent cough; shortness of breath; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual stomach pain; unusual weakness or fatigue; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness; fainting; weakness.

Proper storage of Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide :

Store Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Keep in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Benazepril/Hydrochlorothiazide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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