Lotensin / Benazepril Hydrochloride: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Lotensin, also known as Benazepril Hydrochloride, is indicated for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Lotensin belongs to a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors, antihypertensive medications that relax arteries and promote renal excretion of salt and water by inhibiting a chemical in your blood called angiotensin I. Lotensin must be taken regularly and it may be several weeks before a patient experiences therapeutic effects. The medication, made by Novartis, controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lotensin in 1991.

Side effects of Lotensin use include, but may not be limited to, headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and tachycardia. More serious side effects include fainting, a rash and swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms or legs.

A black box warning on the package insert indicates that ACE inhibitors can cause injury or death to a developing fetus if used by a mother during the second and third trimesters. Lotensin treatment should be stopped as soon as pregnancy is detected.

See your doctor if you have experienced an adverse reaction after being administered Lotensin. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Blood Pressure Drugs: Overview
  2. Balance Problems: Overview
  3. Fatigue: Overview
  4. Headaches
  5. Nausea: Overview
  6. Tachycardia / Fast Heartbeat: Overview
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