New Drug Approvals


Benazepril, brand name Lotensin (Novartis), is a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, and chronic renal failure. Upon cleavage of its ester group by the liver, benazepril is converted into its active form benazeprilat, a non-sulfhydryl angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.

Dosage forms

Benazepril is available as oral tablets, in 5-, 10-, 20-, and 40-mg doses.

Benazepril is also available in combination with hydrochlorothiazide, under the trade name Lotensin HCT, and with amlodipine(trade name Lotrel).

Side effects

Most commonly, headaches and cough can occur with its use. Anaphylaxisangioedema and hyperkalemia, the elevation of potassium levels, can also occur.

Benazepril may cause harm to the fetus during pregnancy.

According to coverage of the study on WebMD:

ACE inhibitors can pose a potential threat to kidneys as well…

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