Capoten

(Captopril)

2.9/ 5 average rating with 106 reviewsforCaptopril
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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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Quick facts about Captopril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (captopril)

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.
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.

Quick facts about Captopril
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (captopril)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
People’s experience with Captopril

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Side effect rates for Capoten (Captopril)

From 7000 clinical trials of Captopril
  • Rash
    7%7%
  • Flushing
    5%5%
  • Dysgeusia
    4%4%
  • Pruritus
    2%2%
  • Cough
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Captopril.

Capoten (Captopril)
Placebo

People taking Captopril felt side effect more

People taking Captopril felt side effect less

No difference

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

Pharmacist Q&A

Capoten (Captopril) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats kidney disease in people with type I insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (diabetic nephropathy).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats kidney disease in people with type I insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (diabetic nephropathy).

Common concerns from people taking Capoten (Captopril)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for 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.