Capoten is the brand formulation of Captopril and is an ACE inhibitor. It is known as angiotensin converting enzyme.
Hypertension, kidney failures due to diabetes as well as certain types of congestive heart failure can be treated with the help of Capoten. This also improves survival of the patient after the heart attack.
When Capoten is taken by the patients, the muscles in the blood vessels get widened allowing the blood to flow more easily. Due to this action, the blood pressure is lowered thus enabling the heart to pump blood as well as improving the functionality of the heart. This prevents certain medical ailments like kidney disorder, heart attacks and strokes.
Dosage and Administration
Capoten comes in dosage strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg.
This medication can be taken by mouth, one hour before a meal. It may be prescribed to be taken two or three times in a day. Take the dosage strength that is prescribed by the physician.
The best dose of Capoten would be chosen based on the medical condition, severity of the disease as well as age. It is recommended to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Blood tests as well as blood pressure checkups should be done regularly during the treatment with Capoten. In case of surgery, it should be told to the surgeon about taking Captopril and the medication would be stopped for a shorter span of time.
Whether Capoten is taken for the heart disease or for high blood pressure, the symptoms would improve after few weeks of dosing.
Do not take the missed dose of Capoten close to the timing of the next schedule of pill, as it would lead to drug overdose.
Even if the medication has higher benefits on the condition, certain side effects may also be stimulated while using Capoten.
The common side effects are rapid weight gain, light-headed feeling, urinating more than usual, swelling, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, sore throat, fever, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, numbness, loss of taste sensation and skin itching are a few of them. If a patient experiences any change in the body condition or any ill effects, stop the medication and get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Patients who are allergic to ACE inhibitors or any other inactive ingredients in Capoten should not take Capoten.
When the drug is taken during pregnancy, it would be fatal to a fetus. In case of breast feeding, the active ingredient in Capoten would pass to a baby and would cause harm.
A person who had an organ transplant should not take this medication before getting examined by a physician.
Capoten is not safe to be taken by pediatric patients.
Notify your doctor about your medical conditions like connective tissue disease, liver problem, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, Marfan syndrome and Sjogren’s syndrome.
Individuals should avoid drug interactions because it would change the way Capoten works and lead to worsening of the condition.
There are certain drugs that may interact with Capoten such as Aliskiren, Everolimus, Sirolimus, birth control pills containing Drospirenone, Lithium, Naproxen, andIbuprofen.