benazepril, Lotensin (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: ACE inhibitors, including benazepril, can be harmful to the fetus and should not be taken by pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: A small amount of benazepril is excreted into breast milk. A newborn exclusively breastfed may ingest less than 0.1% of the maternal dose of benazepril.

SIDE EFFECTS: Benazepril is generally well tolerated and side effects are usually mild and transient. Side effects include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, loss of taste, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, easy bruising or bleeding, chest pain, chills, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness or fainting, fever, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, rash, impotence, and a sore or swollen throat. A dry, persistent cough has been reported with the use of benazepril and other ACE inhibitors. Coughing resolves after discontinuing the medication.

In rare instances, liver dysfunction and skin yellowing (jaundice) have been reported with ACE inhibitors. Benazepril should not be taken by people with a known allergy to ACE inhibitors. Swelling of the facial tissues and even the upper airways has been reported with ACE inhibitors on very rare occasions, and can lead to serious breathing difficulties. In rare instances, low white blood cell counts have been reported with the use of one ACE inhibitor. Low white blood cells increase the patient's risk of infections.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 2/24/2012



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