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Generic: captopril
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This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
               



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What is this medicine?

CAPTOPRIL (KAP toe pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is used to treat heart damage after a heart attack. It can also slow the progression of kidney disease in diabetic patients.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bone marrow disease
  • heart or blood vessel disease
  • if you are on a special diet, such as a low salt diet
  • immune system disease like lupus or scleroderma
  • kidney disease
  • low blood pressure
  • previous swelling of the tongue, face, or lips with difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or tightening of the throat
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to captopril, other ACE inhibitors, insect venom, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before meals. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take more medicine than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antacids
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • medicines for chest pain like nitroglycerin
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • over- the- counter herbal supplements like hawthorn
  • potassium salts or potassium supplements

               
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