If your pet suffers from heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and/or kidney disease, Benazepril can help relieve your pets symptoms so he/she can feel better. What is Benazepril?
Benazepril is a generic alternative to Lotensin. This is an ACE inhibitor that is given by mouth in order to control your pets symptoms that are caused by heart disease, high blood pressure, and some types of kidney disease. What are the benefits of Benazepril?
- Safe and effective generic alternative.
- Can open up (dilate) veins and decrease fluid retention.
- Works to helps control the symptoms that occur with heart failure, high blood pressure, and some types of kidney disease.
cats and dogs can take Benazepril. How is this medication given?
Give tablets by mouth with or without food exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not stop giving this medication suddenly unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian.
If you are not sure how to use Benazepril correctly, call your veterinarian. How does this medication work?
Benazepril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme(ACE) inhibitor that blocks the enzyme angiotensin. Blocking angiotensin dilates blood vessels and helps to improve symptoms associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, and some types of kidney disease. What results can I expect?
Benazepril is not a cure but it does help to control the symptoms associated with heart and kidney disease so that your pet can feel better. It may take several weeks before you notice positive changes in your pet. What form(s) does Benazepril come in?
Benazepril is an oral tablet. Generic Name:
Benazepril (Common Drug Name)Common Brand Name:
LotensinDose and Administration:
Benazepril should be given by mouth with or without food only according to your veterinarians instructions.
If you forget to give a dose, give it when you can but do not double dose. Never give Benazepril to any pets other than the one it has been prescribed for. Uses:
Benazepril helps in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, and some types of kidney disease in dogs and cats but it is not a cure. Possible Side Effects:
Most pets can take Benazepril without a problem. Side effects, however, have been reported. They may include inappetance, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and collapse.
A true allergic reaction to Benazepril is also possible. This may cause swelling, itching, vomiting, diarrhea, or shock. Other side effects are possible.
Call your veterinarian right away if your pet is acting unusual in any way while taking Benazepril. Drug and Food Interactions:
Tell your veterinarian about any other medications and/or supplements (including potassium supplements) your pet is taking prior to giving Benazepril. Benazepril may interact with diuretics (e.g. Lasix, Salix), other vasodilators, or NSAIDs (ex. Novox, Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx). The dosage of diuretics your pet is taking may need to be adjusted when they are given with Benazepril. Other drug interactions are possible. Precautions:
If your pet is allergic to ACE inhibitors, do not use Benazepril. Pets with low blood sodium levels should be given Benazepril cautiously. Pets with lupus or other blood dyscrasias should not take Benazepril. Use is contraindicated in pregnant females but lactating females may be able to take Benazepril when supervised by your veterinarian. The risks vs. benefits of Benazepril should always be discussed with your veterinarian before initiating therapy.Storage:
Benazepril tablets should be kept at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Benazepril.