Compare Captopril vs. Monopril

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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Rash
  • Flushing
  • Dysgeusia
  • Pruritus
  • Cough
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The Monopril (Fosinopril) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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