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Amlodipine and Benazepril

IMPORTANT WARNING:

Do not take amlodipine and benazepril if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking amlodipine and benazepril, call your doctor immediately.

Why is this medication prescribed?

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. It relaxes your blood vessels so your heart does not have to pump as hard. It also decreases certain chemicals that tighten the blood vessels so blood flows more smoothly.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take amlodipine and benazepril exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take amlodipine and benazepril even if you feel well. Do not stop taking amlodipine and benazepril without talking to your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking amlodipine and benazepril,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to amlodipine, benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), trandolapril (Mavik), or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially diuretics (''water pills''), fentanyl (Duragesic), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), other medications for high blood pressure, potassium supplements, and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, liver, or kidney disease or diabetes.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking amlodipine and benazepril.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Amlodipine and benazepril may cause an upset stomach. Take amlodipine and benazepril with food or milk.

Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking amlodipine and benazepril.

Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from amlodipine and benazepril are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • cough
  • headache
  • excessive tiredness
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • lightheadedness
  • rapid heartbeat
  • excessive sweating
  • flushing (feeling of warmth)
  • muscle cramps
  • nosebleed
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • decreased sexual ability

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fainting
  • rash
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to amlopidine and benazepril.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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