Drug Class: What is Lotensin and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take Lotensin?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Lotensin
Special information on Lotensin
Lotensin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Lotensin and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Lotensin 5 mg is in a family of drugs called ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors. Generic Lotensin 5 mg is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. Generic Lotensin 5 mg is effective when used alone or in combination with thiazide diuretics. Generic Lotensin 5 mg works by preventing a chemical in your blood called angiotensin I from converting into a more potent form that increases salt and water retention in your body. Generic
|Drug Mechanism: How does it work?|
ACE is an enzyme in the body which is important for the formation of angiotensin II. Angiotensin II causes constriction of arteries in the body, thereby elevating blood pressure. ACE inhibitors (Generic Lotensin 5 mg) such as benazepril lower blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of angiotensin II, thus relaxing the arteries. Relaxing the arteries not only lowers blood pressure, but also improves the pumping efficiency of a failing heart and improves cardiac output in patients with heart failure.
|Dosage: How should you take Lotensin?|
Generic Lotensin 5 mg can be taken with or without food. Do not use salt substitutes containing potassium.
Take Generic Lotensin 5 mg exactly as prescribed. Suddenly stopping Generic Lotensin 5 mg could cause your blood pressure to increase.
If you miss a Generic Lotensin 5 mg dose take the forgotten Generic Lotensin 5 mg dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose of Generic Lotensin 5 mg, skip the one you missed and go back
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Lotensin|
If Generic Lotensin 5 mg is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Lotensin 5 mg with the following: Diuretics such as Lasix and HydroDIURIL, Lithium (Lithonate), Potassium supplements such as Slow-K, Potassium-sparing diuretics such as Moduretic and Dyazide.
|Special information on Lotensin|
Generic Lotensin 5 mg can cause injury or death to developing and newborn babies, especially
if taken during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. If you are pregnant
or plan to become pregnant and are taking Generic Lotensin 5 mg, contact your doctor
immediately to discuss the potential hazard to your unborn child.
|Lotensin side effects|
Generic Lotensin 5 mg side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in
intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Lotensin 5 mg. If you develop swelling
of your face, around the lips, tongue, or throat; swelling of arms and legs; or
difficulty swallowing, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may need
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