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Benazepril

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What is Benazepril?

Benazepril is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the treatment of heart failure, high blood pressure, and some forms of kidney disease. Benazepril is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats. Benazepril is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs and Cats

Benefits:

  • Treats heart failure, high blood pressure, and some forms of kidney disease in dogs and cats
  • Dilates the veins and decreases fluid retention
  • Sold per tablet

How does Benazepril work?

Benazepril is an ACE inhibitor used to dilate blood vessels in the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and some types of kidney disease in dogs and cats.

Cautions:

Do not stop giving this medication without your veterinarian's approval. A missed dose can result in a sudden rise in blood pressure.

Brand Name:

Lotensin (Novartis)

Generic Name:

Benazepril

What is the most important thing I should know about Benazepril?

Benazepril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. ACE inhibitors decrease fluid retention by dilating veins. Benazepril is used to treat heart failure, high blood pressure, and some forms of kidney disease in dogs and cats. Benazepril may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide. Benazepril is a prescription medication not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Benazepril is available as 5mg tablets. The usual dose to treat dogs is 0.1 to 0.2 mg/lb 1 to 2 times a day. The usual dose to treat cats is 0.1 to 0.45 mg/lb once a day.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Benazepril to my pet?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, lupus, or blood abnormalities. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing.

How should Benazepril be given?

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Benazepril can be given with or without food. Do not abruptly stop giving Benazepril. Store Benazepril at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What are the potential side effects of Benazepril?

For dogs and cats, if any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Benazepril and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Side effects are rare but may include loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Benazepril could cause low blood pressure or kidney dysfunction indicated by increased thirst and/or changes in urination. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Benazepril?

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Benazepril?

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Benazepril overdose include weakness or collapse.

What should I avoid while giving Benazepril to my pet?

Benazepril should not be used in pets allergic to it or other ACE inhibitors. Use Benazepril with caution in pets with liver disease. Do not use in pregnant females. Benazepril may be used in nursing pets. Use with caution in pets with very low blood sodium levels.

What other drugs will affect Benazepril?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given azathioprine, COX 2 inhibitors (Deramaxx or Previcox), cyclosporine (Atopica), diuretics (furosemide, Salix), beta blockers (atenolol), and other blood pressure medications, insulin, NSAIDS (Rimadyl or Novox), Potassium salts, aspirin (Vetrin), and sulfonamides (SMZ/TMP). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Benazepril. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, and supplements.

How to Use

Benazepril Directions:

  • The below dosage amounts are recommendations only. Always follow the amount prescribed by your veterinarian.
Tip:

Benazepril can be given with or without food.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
0.1-0.2 mg/lb 1-2 times a day
Cats/Kittens:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
0.1-0.45 mg/lb once a day
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature, away from excess moisture or heat.

Ingredients

Benazepril Ingredients:

Benazepril:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Benazepril hydrochloride, USP
5 mg
Customer Reviews
Benazepril is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too big I got these pills initially from the vet, and i could tell my dog didn't really like them cause i had to hide them deep in her treats for her to take them. I ordered from here and the pills are so big, its hard to hide the taste and she keeps spitting them out. Takes me like 10 min everyday to get her to eat it, kind of a hassle.
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from those products have great features lol it has improved my gepe
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from benazepril bailey needs 10 mg instead of 5
Date published: 2011-06-12
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Q&A

Are these tablets scored my dog needs half tab.

Asked by: Rascal
The tablets are not exactly scored, but they can still be broke in half. I would recommend using a pill cutter to correctly cut them in half to get the right dose for your dog. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-03-14

I accidentally have my dog a whole pill besides half . What will that do to him?

Asked by: Linda
Consult your veterinarian if more than the prescribed dose was administered.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-11-16

are you able to make the Benazapril in smaller dosage sizes

are you able to make the Benazapril in smaller dosage sizes
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, Benazepril is only available in 5 mg tablet form.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-22

absorption

How long does it take for the medication to be absorbed??
Asked by: Anonymous
Benazepril is absorbed rapidly and converted into the active metabolite benazeprilat, with peak levels occurring approximately 75 minutes after dosing.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-02-14

Why is this drug prescribed for cats to prevent kidney failure. 

Asked by: Toby
In cats with chronic renal failure, Benazepril has been shown to reduce systemic arterial pressure and glomerular capillary pressure while increasing renal plasma flow and glomeruler filtration rates.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2017-02-14

Does benezapril come in higher doses. I.e. 15 mg?

Asked by: AiLin
Unfortunately, we only carry Benazepril 5 mg tablets.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-12

Do you have benazepril in 40 mg?

Asked by: Anonymous
We do not carry this medication in the indicated strength
Answered by: S Duesler PharmD MBA
Date published: 2015-08-28

how long does this medication take to start working

Asked by: Anonymous
Should start working within an hour.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2014-11-11
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