Compare Captopril vs. Lopressor

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Capoten (Captopril)

Prescription only
Lowers blood pressure.

Captopril is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function, but you have to take it on an empty stomach.

3.8/ 7 average rating with 106 reviewsforCaptopril
Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 464 reviewsforLopressor
Upsides
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
  • Makes pain episodes less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
  • A first-choice treatment for people who've had a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
  • Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) is cheaper than the extended release version.
Downsides
  • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Compared to other ACE inhibitors, less flexible on when and how you take it. Captopril needs to be taken multiple times a day on an empty stomach.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • You need to take Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) with food twice a day for it to work best.
  • Taking Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) may make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or your normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some it may not go away.
  • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure, unless you have heart failure or heart disease. It can also be added to other medicines if your blood pressure is still too high.
  • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Reviews
106 
34%
think this treatment is worth it
25%
think this treatment works well
25%
think this treatment is a hassle

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464 
62%
think this treatment is worth it
47%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Rash
    7%
  • Flushing
    5%
  • Dysgeusia
    4%
  • Pruritus
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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7possible side effects
  • Tiredness
    10%
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Itching or skin rash
    5%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Slowed heart rate
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Unusual tongue swelling

    African descent

  • Heart problems due to high potassium

    Current kidney problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Heart problems

    Suddenly stopping Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Increased symptoms of heart failure

    Heart failure

  • Increased risks during surgery

    Major surgery requiring anesthesia

  • Breathing problems

    Asthma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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