Amlodipine and Benazepril:
What is it?

Amlodipine and Benazepril:
How is it Used?


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Amlodipine and Benazepril Overview

Overview

(am LOE di peen & ben AY ze pril)

Created: 2006-10-13 10:37:02.0

Modified: 2010-04-06 12:49:08.0

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General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Amlodipine relaxes blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.

• Benazepril lowers blood pressure by decreasing production of a strong chemical in the body.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

Pharmacologic Category

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitor; Calcium Channel Blocker; Calcium Channel Blocker, Dihydropyridine

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to amlodipine, benazepril, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

U.S. Brand Names

Lotrel®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take more often than every 24 hours, unless instructed by healthcare provider.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant. Use during pregnancy can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant or plan on getting pregnant while taking this medicine, call healthcare provider right away.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work (potassium, kidney function). Talk with healthcare provider.

• Check blood pressure regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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