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Benazepril-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Benazepril is used on its own or together with other medicines to keep your blood pressure under control.

This medicine may also be used to treat heart failure (weakness and inability of the heart to pump blood).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Benazepril exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Benazepril must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have a history of angioedema (a condition characterised by swelling below the surface of the skin) as Benazepril may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with Benazepril, alert your doctor immediately. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking Benazepril.

DO NOT take Benazepril together with aliskiren (medicine to treat high blood pressure) if you have diabetes.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- kidney disease
- diabetes

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Benazepril.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. Your doctor may also need to do routine blood tests while you are being treated with Benazepril.

What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Engage in physical activity (e.g. walking) at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. Follow a healthy diet plan by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and reduce your intake of foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Cutting down on deep-fried foods and using less salt when cooking can kick-start your healthy diet.

If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood pressure, heart and overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.

Try to keep stress levels under control as stress will cause your blood pressure to go up.

What side effects could I experience?

Benazepril may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: cough, headache, tiredness, and nausea.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- swelling of hands, legs, face, or mouth
- difficulty in breathing
- loss of consciousness
- yellowing of the skin, eyes, pain near the stomach area

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

DO NOT take Benazepril together with aliskiren (medicine to treat high blood pressure) if you have diabetes.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- water pills e.g. furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone
- medicines for mood disorder e.g. lithium
- blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. diclofenac, mefenamic acid, ibuprofen
- medicines for diabetes e.g. insulin, metformin

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Benazepril.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

Cut down on your salt intake. This may help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Speak to your doctor or dietitian about ways to cut down on your salt intake.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Benazepril-Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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