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    What is Amlodipine–Benazepril used for?

    Amlodipine–Benazepril is an antihypertensive medication used to reduce high blood pressure (hypertension), as well as treat and prevent chest pain (angina). Amlodipine–Benazepril may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Amlodipine–Benazepril is a dual combination medication that contains Amlodipine (a calcium channel blocker) and Benazepril (an ACE inhibitor).

    High blood pressure can increase the cardiac workload and can damage the blood vessels of the heart, brain and kidneys. Amlodipine–Benazepril lowers blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels, which increases the blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart. Lowering of the high blood pressure helps reduce the risk of kidney problems, heart attacks and strokes.

    What is the recommended dosage of Amlodipine–Benazepril?

    The dosage of Amlodipine–Benazepril prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Amlodipine–Benazepril can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Amlodipine–Benazepril?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Amlodipine–Benazepril medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Amlodipine–Benazepril?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Amlodipine–Benazepril, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdose symptoms of Amlodipine–Benazepril may include severe dizziness and fainting.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Amlodipine–Benazepril?

    • Aliskiren
    • Amiloride
    • Celecoxib
    • Furosemide
    • Glyburide
    • Hydrochlorothiazide
    • Ibuprofen
    • Indomethacin
    • Lithium
    • Losartan
    • Naproxen
    • Simvastatin
    • Spironolactone
    • St. John's Wort
    • Triamterene
    • Valsartan
    • It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Amlodipine–Benazepril. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned drugs.

      Amlodipine–Benazepril can “interact” with the following types of medicines: other blood pressure medicines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), potassium supplements, potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium-containing salt substitutes, gold injections to treat arthritis, diabetes medicines, antifungal medicines and diuretics (water pills).

      Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Amlodipine–Benazepril. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.

      Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

      What are the side effects of Amlodipine–Benazepril?

      Like other medicines, Amlodipine–Benazepril can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Amlodipine–Benazepril are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

      It is pertinent to note that side effects of Amlodipine–Benazepril cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Amlodipine–Benazepril develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

      Amlodipine–Benazepril can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, cough, flushing and stomach pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Amlodipine–Benazepril.

      What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Amlodipine–Benazepril?

      Is it possible for me to take Amlodipine–Benazepril with other drugs?
      Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Amlodipine–Benazepril?
      What are the possible drug interactions of Amlodipine–Benazepril?
      How will Amlodipine–Benazepril work in my body?
      How should Amlodipine–Benazepril be taken?
      How to reduce the risk of Amlodipine–Benazepril drug interactions and side effects?

      What other important information should you know about Amlodipine–Benazepril?

      Before taking Amlodipine–Benazepril, make sure to tell your doctor if you

      • have liver disease;
      • have kidney disease;
      • have diabetes;
      • have very low blood pressure;
      • have high levels of potassium in the blood;
      • have electrolyte imbalance (low levels of sodium in the blood);
      • have a history of angina/congestive heart failure;
      • have heart problems;
      • are dehydrated;
      • are receiving treatment for bee/wasp stings;
      • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

      - Amlodipine–Benazepril may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
      - Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Amlodipine–Benazepril, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
      - Consult your doctor before taking salt substitutes or potassium-containing products.
      - Amlodipine–Benazepril may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and avoid using sun lamps as well.
      - Limit alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Amlodipine–Benazepril.

      Disclaimer

      The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Amlodipine–Benazepril is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

       

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