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Benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure (inability of heart to pump the blood) and kidney failure.

How it works

Benazepril belongs to a class of medicines called as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors). It works by preventing the production of angiotensin, a substance that increases the blood pressure.

Common side effects

Nausea, Cough, Diarrhoea, Headache, Stomach upset, Fatigue


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug is you have kidney or liver disease, heart disorders, low blood pressure, collagen vascular disease like lupus erythematosus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis, hyperkalemia (high potassium levels in blood) and if you are taking medications for the same.
  • Take special care if you are on salt-restricted diet, or about to undergo any surgery, dialysis procedure or going to receive hymenoptera venom treatment (against allergies) or suffering from vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Your may be monitored for white blood cell count if you have collagen vascular disease and kidney problems. This is because you may be at risk of developing agranulocytosis (symptoms include sore throat, fever and getting infections more often).
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as it may make you feel dizzy.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking benazepril as it may worsen the side effects.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)