Benzapril is quickly absorbed when taken orally. The Tmax, or time to peak plasma concentration, is approximately one hour. Lotensin has a bioavailability of about 25%.
Plasma proteins are 96% bound to lotensin.
Lotensin has an elimination half-life of roughly 12 hours.
Most of the time, benadryl and its metabolites are eliminated in the urine.
Lotensin and other drugs may interact. Inform your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and dietary supplements you take, particularly:
Other ACE inhibitors include lisinopril (Zestril), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik), as well as di
Other medications may interact with lotensin; this list is not all-inclusive. Inform your physician of all medications you take. Prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products are included in this. Never begin a new medication without first consulting your physician.
Stop taking Lotensin and get immediate medical help if you experience any of these severe side effects:
tightness or pain in the chest
wheezing or breathing issues
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes
voice change or hoarseness hives or rash itching
There may be other, less severe side effects from lotensin. If you experience any of the following, keep taking the medication and consult your doctor:
weakness or fatigue
diarrhea, an upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting, cramps or aches in the muscles, and stiffness or pain in the joints
Other side effects not covered here could also happen. Any side effect that seems unusual or is particularly bothersome should be discussed with your doctor.
Precautions and Warnings
Anyone who has a benazepril or other ACE inhibitor allergy should not take lotensin. If at all possible, avoid using this medication while you are pregnant. If you find out you are pregnant while taking Lotensin, stop taking it right away and call your doctor.
Whether lotensin enters breast milk is unknown. Do not take this medication if you are a nursing mother without first consulting your doctor.
Inform your doctor before taking Lotensin if you are:
You have had kidney disease or are currently receiving dialysis treatment; you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are nursing; you have liver disease or any other medical condition.
It's possible that you can't take Lotensin or that you need to adjust your dosage.
Dosage and Administration
Your doctor's instructions for taking lotensin should be followed exactly. 10 mg once daily is typically the starting dose. Depending on how your blood pressure responds, your doctor may gradually increase the dose up to a daily maximum of 80 mg.
You can take lotensin with or without food.
Take Lotensin as soon as you remember if you miss a dose. Skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule if your next dose is almost due. Never combine two doses at once.
Storage and Disposal
At room temperature, keep Lotensin away from light and moisture. Keep children and pets away from this medication.
After the expiration date on the label has passed, do not take Lotensin.
Follow the directions below to properly dispose of Lotensin if you no longer need it or if it has expired.
Out of the packaging, remove the Lotensin tablet.
Put the Lotensin tablet in the toilet and flush it.