Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Heart failure
Adult: Initially, 2.5 mg once daily adjusted according to response to max 20 mg/day.

Adult: Initially, 10 mg once daily. Maintenance: 20-40 mg/day as a single or in 2 divided doses. Max: 80 mg/day. Patients on diuretics: Initially, 5 mg once daily.
Child: ≥6 yr 0.2 mg/kg once daily. Maintenance: 0.6 mg/kg once daily. Max: 40 mg/day.
Renal Impairment
CrCl Dosage
<30 Initially, 5 mg once daily. Max: 40 mg/day.
May be taken with or without food.
History of angioedema due to previous ACE inhibitor treatment. Pregnancy.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ diarrhoea, severe volume and/or salt depletion, unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis. Patients on dietary salt restriction and dialysis. Increased risk of angioedema in black patients. Renal impairment. Lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Headache, dizziness, fatigue, persistent and non productive cough,  somnolence, nausea, transient elevations in BUN and serum creatinine, hyperkalaemia. Intestinal angioedema.
Potentially Fatal: Anaphylactoid reactions and angioedema. Cholestatic jaundice which may progress to fulminant hepatic necrosis.
Patient Counseling Information
May impair ability to drive and operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP. Periodic monitoring of serum creatinine, and K levels.
Drug Interactions
Additive hyperkalaemic effects w/ K-sparing diuretics, K supplements, other drugs that can cause hyperkalaemia. May increase lithium concentration and toxicity.
Food Interaction
Avoid use of licorice as it may worsen HTN.
Description: Benazepril, a prodrug of benazeprilat, acts by inhibiting ACE that catalyzes the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II (a potent vasoconstrictor), thus leading to reduced aldosterone (a hormone that causes water and Na retention) secretion by the adrenal cortex and decreased vasopressor activity.
Onset: W/in 1 hr.
Duration: Approx 24 hr.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the GI tract (approx 37%). Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-2 hr (fasting state); 2-4 hr (nonfasting state).
Distribution: Crosses placenta and enters breast milk (small amounts). Volume of distribution: Approx 8.7 L. Plasma protein binding: Approx 97% (benazepril); approx 95% (benazeprilat).
Metabolism: Undergoes rapid and extensive enzymatic hydrolysis to its active metabolite (benazeprilat) in the liver.
Excretion: Via urine (small amounts of benazepril; 20% as benazeprilat; 12% as other metabolites) and bile (approx 11-12%). Elimination half-life: 10-11 hr (benazeprilat).
Store below 30°C.
MIMS Class
ACE Inhibitors/Direct Renin Inhibitors
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