Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Capoten

(captopril)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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3.84Captopril

Lowers blood pressure.

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Our bottom line

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

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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.
People’s experience with Captopril

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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.
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How it works

Captopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
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Side effect rates for Capoten (captopril)

7000 From clinical trials of Captopril / All
  • Rash
  • Flushing
  • Dysgeusia
  • Pruritus
  • Cough

Risks and Warnings for Capoten (captopril)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Capoten (Captopril) can cause birth defects or death to a fetus. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medicines.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Capoten (captopril)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.