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Capoten Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Pronunciation: KAP toe pril
Brand: Capoten

Captopril belongs to a group of medicines known as ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors are powerful vasodilators, that is, they widen blood vessels. It works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the bloodstream that is responsible for converting a chemical known as angiotensin I into angiotensin II. Angiotensin II encourages the narrowing of blood vessels.

Capoten Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 25 milligrams and you should be taken 2 or 3 times a day.
  • If you have any problems with your kidneys or suffer from other medical conditions, then your starting dose may be lower.

Uses of Capoten

Capoten is used in the treatment of high blood pressure and also used to treat congestive heart failure.  

Side Effects of Capoten

Before taken Capoten medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Capoten. Side effects may include:

  • Itching
  • Loss of taste
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rash

Warnings and precautions before taking Capoten:

  • If you develop swelling of the face around your lips, tongue or throat or have difficulty swallowing, then you should stop taking Capoten and contact your doctor immediately.
  • If you are taking Capoten for your heart, then you should be careful about increase physical activity too quickly. So you should be checked with your doctor, means how much exercise is safe for you.
  • Capoten may cause you to become drowsy or less alert, so you should not be participate in any activities that require full mental alertness.
  • Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Captopril could cause birth defects in the baby if you take the medication during pregnancy.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :- If Capoten 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 Capoten with the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Blood pressure drugs known as beta blockers, such as Inderal and Tenormin
  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune)
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin)

After taken Capoten if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of Capoten overdose may include:

  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness

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