amlodipine and benazepril (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amlodipine and benazepril (Lotrel)?
You should not use this medication if:
To make sure you can safely take amlodipine and benazepril, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use amlodipine and benazepril if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Amlodipine and benazepril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking amlodipine and benazepril.
Amlodipine and benazepril can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take amlodipine and benazepril (Lotrel)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Amlodipine and benazepril can be taken with or without food. Space your doses evenly by taking the medication at the same times each day.
Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using amlodipine and benazepril. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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