Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure in adults and children six years of age and older. It works by blocking an enzyme in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow. The drug does not, however, cure high blood pressure. Off-label benazepril uses include treating kidney problems in people with scleroderma.
What Is Benazepril Used For? -- An OverviewBenazepril hydrochloride (Lotensin®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to control high blood pressure (hypertension). It does not cure high blood pressure.
Benazepril is part of a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. Benazepril helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, benazepril causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
Because benazepril lowers blood pressure, it can reduce the risks that accompany long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).