Captopril (Capoten)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Capoten

What is Captopril (Capoten)?

The Information about Captopril (Capoten) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

captopril capotenCaptopril also known by the brand name Capoten, is an Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or (ACE) inhibitor.

ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance in your body that affects your cardiovascular system by narrowing your blood vessels and releasing hormones that can raise your blood pressure.

This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder. ACE inhibitors help relax these blood vessels.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Captopril (Capoten)

  • taking pillTake Captopril (Capoten) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Captopril (Capoten) 1 hour before a meal.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water while using Captopril (Capoten)
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Captopril (Capoten) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Store Captopril (Capoten) at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • If you miss a dose of Captopril (Capoten), take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating can cause you to become dehydrated. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking Captopril (Capoten).

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Captopril (Capoten).

What to know before using Captopril (Capoten):

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Captopril (Capoten):

  • kidney diseasekidneys
  • allergy to Captopril (Capoten) or any other Ace inhibitor
  • liver disease
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • lupus
  • scleroderma
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • pregnant
  • breast feeding
  • diabetics¬† and those with kidney disease should not use captopril together with any medication that contains aliskiren such as Amturnide, Tekturna, Tekamlo, Valturna

Side effects of Captopril (Capoten):

Stop using Captopril (Capoten) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • chest pain
  • cloudy urine
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • bloody urine
  • chest discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • decreased blood pressure
  • decreased or increased frequency or amount of urine
  • dilated neck veins
  • increased thirst
  • irregular breathing
  • large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • loss of appetite
  • low blood pressure
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • paleness or cold feeling in fingertips and toes
  • sweating
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • tingling or pain in fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • troubled breathing or wheezing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight gain
  • Bleeding gums
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • cough
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • high fever
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
  • swollen glands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Change in taste
  • feeling of warmth
  • itching skin
  • loss of taste
  • rash
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

The information about Captopril (Capoten) comes from

Captopril (Capoten) Natural Alternatives:

tikvawithdrinkIf you are taking Captopril (Capoten) or other Ace Inhibitor medications, the various ingredients  in Tikva have been proven through either clinical trials or other research to lower your blood pressure naturally by dilating (widening) the arteries. Tikva has several natural ingredients that help to widen the arteries, so they do not become too narrow.

Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Captopril (Capoten) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Captopril (Capoten) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Captopril (Capoten).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Captopril (Capoten).