Captopril - Drug Information

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General Information on Captopril

Generic Name : Captopril

Pronunciation : kap' toe pril

Latest prescription information about Captopril. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.4 | Therapeutic Classification : ACE Inhibitors

Why is Captopril Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor), prescribed for high blood pressure (hypertension), congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and kidney problems caused by diabetes.  It decreases certain chemicals actions that tighten the blood vessels.

When should Captopril not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Captopril?

The recommended dose is 25-150 mg two or three times daily. The maximum dose is 450 mg daily.

How should Captopril be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

What are the warnings and precautions for Captopril?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of swelling of the lips, eyes or tongue, poor blood circulation, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
Monitor blood pressure, blood potassium or other electrolyte levels and urine tests regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Captopril?

   Heart : Fast heart rate, chest pain, heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, low blood pressure and fainting.
   Body as a whole : Allergic reactions.
   General : Weakness and breast enlargement in males, taste disturbances.
   Skin : Rash, itching, redness, skin disorders and scaling.
   Gastrointestinal : Inflammation of pancreas/tongue and difficulty in swallowing.
   Blood : Anemia.
   Liver : Jaundice and liver inflammation.
   Metabolic : Electrolyte disturbances.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle pain and weakness.
   Central Nervous System : In coordination, confusion, depression, nervousness and drowsiness.
   Respiratory : Asthma, nose inflammation and lung disorder.
   Eye : Blurred vision.
   Genitourinary : Impotence.

What are the other precautions for Captopril?

It may not work as well in black patients.

What are the storage conditions of Captopril?

Store it at room temperature 15 o to 30 C.


Schedule : H

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