The next med that Meeko was prescribed by the Vet for his CHF was BENAZEPRIL.This is an ACE inhibitor Blood Pressure medication.
ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme) inhibitor is a type of vasodilator used primarily for the treatment of hypertension (elevated blood pressure) and congestive heart failure.
Some of the ‘side effects’ for Benazepril are the same as for CHF - Labored Breathing, Fainting, Lethargy. Again, I'm concerned that we won't know if these symptoms are from the meds or his condition.
It also says not to give to pets with Liver Disorders. Meeko has also been diagnosed by the Vet with an enlarged liver, so this gives me some hesitation as well.
The side effects state that Benazipril can react with Diuretics and Vasodilators. However, Meeko is currently on these: Furosemide (a diuretic), and VetMedin (a vasodilator).
Although I’m not necessarily saying he shouldn’t take any of these, you can see the reason for some caution. Other reactions can be dizziness and low blood pressure.
Meeko had some trouble with this medication. As indicated in the possible side effects, he experienced some dizziness with Benazipril due to overly-lowered blood pressure.
In the end, it was concluded that he didn't need both the Benazipril and the VetMedin (Pimobendin) as these are both vasodilators. We then continued with just the VetMedin.
Pink Fairy Dust:
Next time we'll cover how Meeko did with the Torbutrol (also known as Butorphanol or Stadol - or, as we called it, 'Pink Fairy Dust') that was prescribed to him by his Vet.
(See: Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3, Pt.5, Pt.6, Pt.7, Pt.8, Pt.9, Pt.10)