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Capoten Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Capoten
Generic Name: captopril (Pronunciation: KAP toe pril)
- What is captopril (Capoten)?
- What are the possible side effects of captopril (Capoten)?
- What is the most important information I should know about captopril (Capoten)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking captopril (Capoten)?
- How should I take captopril (Capoten)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Capoten)?
- What happens if I overdose (Capoten)?
- What should I avoid while taking captopril (Capoten)?
- What other drugs will affect captopril (Capoten)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is captopril (Capoten)?
Captopril is an ACE inhibitor. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.
Captopril is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, kidney problems caused by diabetes, and to improve survival after a heart attack.
Captopril may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Capoten 100 mg
oval, white, imprinted with CAPOTEN 100
Capoten 12.5 mg-PAR
oblong, white, imprinted with 12.5, CAPOTEN
Captopril 100 mg-APO
capsule, white, imprinted with APO 006
Captopril 100 mg-GG
round, white, imprinted with GG 179
Captopril 100 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with M C4
Captopril 100 mg-PAR
round, white, imprinted with E 124
Captopril 100 mg-TEV
oval, white, imprinted with 100, N 135
Captopril 12.5 mg-APH
round, white, imprinted with AP, 7045
Captopril 12.5 mg-APO
round, white, imprinted with APO 003
Captopril 12.5 mg-MYL
oval, white, imprinted with M C1
Captopril 12.5 mg-TEV
oval, white, imprinted with 93 91
Captopril 25 mg-APO
round, white, imprinted with APO 004
Captopril 25 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with M C2
Captopril 25 mg-PAR
round, white, imprinted with E 122
Captopril 25 mg-SCH
round, white, imprinted with INV 272, 25
Captopril 25 mg-TEV
round, white, imprinted with N 133
Captopril 50 mg-APH
round, white, imprinted with AP 7047
Captopril 50 mg-APO
capsule, white, imprinted with APO 005
Captopril 50 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with M C3
Captopril 50 mg-TEV
oval, white, imprinted with 50, N 134
Captropril 25 mg-WAT
round, white, imprinted with 689 25, WATSON
What are the possible side effects of captopril (Capoten)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- urinating more or less than usual, or not at all;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
- chest pain; or
- swelling, rapid weight gain.
Less serious side effects may include:
- loss of taste sensation, loss of appetite;
- dizziness, drowsiness, headache;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- dry mouth, sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- nausea, diarrhea, constipation; or
- mild skin itching or rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Capoten (captopril) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about captopril (Capoten)?
Do not use captopril if you are pregnant. Captopril can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to captopril or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as benazepril (Lotensin), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).
If you have kidney disease or diabetes, you should not take captopril if you are also taking aliskiren (Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna, Amturnide).
Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of captopril.
Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking captopril, unless your doctor has told you to.
Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include: vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink while taking captopril. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
Additional Capoten Information
- Capoten Drug Interactions Center: captopril oral
- Capoten Side Effects Center
- Capoten Overview including Precautions
- Capoten FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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