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Lotensin is produced by Novartis and is a brand name of the prescription drug benazepril. It is part of a group of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors designed to treat hypertension. ACE inhibitors widen blood vessels by relaxing them and help in preventing strokes, kidney problems and heart attacks. It will not, however, cure hypertension. The active metabolite in Lotensin is benazeprilat with inactive ingredients including colloidal silicon dioxide, hydrogenated castor oil, lactose, magnesium stearate, starch, talc, and titanium dioxide. Lotensin comes in tablet form in 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and 40 mg of benazepril hydrochloride.

Information you should know

Lotensin is not recommended for pregnant or about to be pregnant women because it has been found to result in birth defects. If an unplanned pregnancy results, discontinue its use immediately and inform your doctor. Lotensin also decreases alertness and reaction times so activities such as driving and operating heavy machinery should not be undertaken immediately after taking the medication.

Some side effects include heavy sweating, diarrhea and vomiting which in turn can cause dehydration. The risk of very low blood pressure and electrolyte imbalances is thus high which could lead to kidney failure. This makes it imperative to hydrate
the body with up to eight full glasses of water daily.

Lotensin should be taken with caution if you have kidney, liver or heart disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes or connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Drug interactions may also occur when lithium, potassium supplements or substitutes or diuretics are being used. Before taking Lotensin, inform your doctor of your condition and other drug and medication intake so that special instructions can be given. Lotensin is not to be administered to children below six years old.

Directions for taking Lotensin

Lotensin is a prescription medicine because incorrect use could lead to serious complications. Take the medication in accordance with the doctor’s implicit instructions. If in doubt, consult the directions in the prescription label or call your doctor. Do not overdose in case of missed doses and do not take longer than the prescribed period. The doctor will need to be given regular updates on the effect of the medication and may adjust the dosage depending on the outcomes. It may be taken with or without food. The medication may need to be stopped before any scheduled surgery, so inform the surgeon that you are taking it.

Serious side effects which warrants immediate medical attention includes fainting, flu symptoms, bruising and bleeding, jaundice, swelling, muscle weakness and chest


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