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Brand Names: Lotensin

Generic Name: benazepril (Pronunciation: ben AY ze pril)

What is benazepril (Lotensin)?

Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Benazepril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Benazepril 10 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with 52, A

Benazepril 10 mg-APO

round, yellow, imprinted with APO, BE 10

Benazepril 10 mg-EON

round, orange, imprinted with E 53

Benazepril 10 mg-ETH

round, red, imprinted with 342, ETH

Benazepril 10 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M, 443

Benazepril 10 mg-RAN

round, yellow, imprinted with RX 737

Benazepril 10 mg-SAN

round, yellow, imprinted with GG 747, 10

Benazepril 10 mg-TEV

triangular, orange, imprinted with 93, 5125

Benazepril 20 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with 53, A

Benazepril 20 mg-APO

round, peach, imprinted with APO, BE 20

Benazepril 20 mg-EON

round, pink, imprinted with E 82

Benazepril 20 mg-ETH

round, gray, imprinted with 343, ETH

Benazepril 20 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M 444

Benazepril 20 mg-RAN

round, peach, imprinted with RX 738

Benazepril 20 mg-SAN

round, pink, imprinted with GG 748, 20

Benazepril 20 mg-TEV

triangular, pink, imprinted with 93, 5126

Benazepril 40 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with A, 54

Benazepril 40 mg-APO

round, pink, imprinted with APO, BE 40

Benazepril 40 mg-EON

round, red, imprinted with E 48

Benazepril 40 mg-ETH

round, blue, imprinted with 344, ETH

Benazepril 40 mg-MYL

oval, white, imprinted with M447

Benazepril 40 mg-TEV

triangular, pink, imprinted with 93, 5127

Benazepril 5 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with 51, A

Benazepril 5 mg-APO

round, white, imprinted with APO, BE 5

Benazepril 5 mg-EON

round, yellow, imprinted with E 5

Benazepril 5 mg-ETH

round, white, imprinted with 341, ETH

Benazepril 5 mg-MYL

round, white, imprinted with M, 441

Benazepril 5 mg-TEV

triangular, yellow, imprinted with 93, 5124

Lotensin 10 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 10

Lotensin 10 mg-NOV

round, yellow, imprinted with 10, LOTENSIN

Lotensin 20 mg

round, pink, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 20

Lotensin 40 mg

round, peach, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 40

Lotensin 5 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with LOTENSIN, 5

What are the possible side effects of benazepril (Lotensin)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction to benazepril if you are African-American.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • little or no urinating;
  • swelling or rapid weight gain;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • high potassium (slow heart rate, weak pulse, muscle weakness, tingly feeling); or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about benazepril (Lotensin)?

Do not use benazepril if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of benazepril.

Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking benazepril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.

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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