Benazepril Hydrochloride (Generic to Lotensin)

Benazepril Hydrochloride (Generic to Lotensin)

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Product Description

Benazepril Hydrochloride (Benazepril HCl) is a prescription medication primarily used for managing high blood pressure in dogs and cats. Similar to its use in humans, it is prescribed to maintain cardiovascular health in our beloved animal companions.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is consistently too high. This condition can place undue strain on the heart, making it work harder than normal. Over time, untreated hypertension can lead to severe complications, including damage to the heart, arteries, brain, and kidneys. Benazepril Hydrochloride comes into play by helping to alleviate this strain on the cardiovascular system.

  • Treatment Mechanism:Benazepril Hydrochloride is classified as a second-generation angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. ACE inhibitors like Benazepril prevent the body from producing an enzyme that narrows blood vessels. Doing so helps to relax veins and arteries, effectively lowering blood pressure.

  • Indications and Usage:Beyond treating high blood pressure, Benazepril Hydrochloride is also utilized as a vasodilator in managing heart failure. Additionally, it serves as an additional treatment option for chronic kidney failure, where maintaining proper blood pressure is crucial for kidney function.

  • Administration and Monitoring:Benazepril Hydrochloride is typically administered orally, as directed by a veterinarian. While generally well-tolerated by most pets, regular monitoring is essential. This includes routine blood pressure checks and laboratory tests to ensure the medication's efficacy and assess potential side effects.

  • Side Effects and Cautionary Measures:Although Benazepril HCl has few side effects, pet owners must be vigilant. Common side effects may include mild stomach upset, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Should these symptoms persist or worsen, or if the pet exhibits extreme fatigue or signs of dizziness and coordination issues, it's crucial to notify the veterinarian promptly.

Benazepril Hydrochloride is a reliable and effective option for managing high blood pressure in dogs and cats. As with any medication, it's vital to adhere to the veterinarian's instructions diligently. Pet owners should never adjust the dosage or discontinue the medication without consulting their veterinarian. With proper monitoring and care, Benazepril Hydrochloride can contribute significantly to the well-being and longevity of pets affected by hypertension.

Side Effects & Warnings

This drug is not recommended for pets with severe liver disease, lupus, blood abnormalities, a history of cardiac output failure, or pets with low sodium levels. Use with caution in pregnant or nursing pets, and if your pet has had an allergic reaction to ACE inhibitors.

Common side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, collapse, increased thirst, changes in urination, slow heart rate, and weak pulse. Contact your vet if side effects occur.

Possible drug interactions include spironolactone, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, diuretics, and vasodilators.

Ingredients

The active ingredient of this drug is Benazepril Hydrochloride. Inactive ingredients include colloidal silico dioxide, crospovidone, hydrogenated castor oil, hypromellose, iron oxides, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, and polysorbate 80.

Directions

Benazepril Hydrochloride is a prescription drug, and should be dosed by your veterinarian. Administer once per day or as instructed by your vet. This drug works most effectively on an empty stomach. Consult your veterinarian when stopping use.

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