Warnings and Precautions With Benazepril
There are a few warnings and precautions with benazepril to be aware of. These include a link between benazepril and decreased kidney function, as well as an increased risk of infections in people taking this drug. People who should not take benazepril include those with a history of hereditary or idiopathic angioedema, or of angioedema. As a final precaution, do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other tasks that require alertness until you know how benazepril affects you.
Benazepril: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking benazepril hydrochloride (Lotensin®) if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure, aortic stenosis, or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE)
- A personal or family history of angioedema, which is swelling under the skin
- Any allergies, including allergies to ACE inhibitors, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (see Lotensin and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding
- Are on dialysis
- Will be undergoing surgery or anesthesia.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.