This medicine contains the active ingredient captopril which belongs to the group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. ACE inhibitors do not allow the production of angiotensin II hormone which causes the compression of the blood vessels, so that they are relaxed and wide and the blood pressure is lowered. This medicine is prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and chronic heart failure (hearth is no longer able to pump blood as it should).
Is Captopril suitable for me?
Captopril is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to captopril, other ACE inhibitor medicines or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have auto-immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma).
- if you have diabetes
- if you have kidney problems
- if you are more than 3 months pregnant
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have a heart problem
- have diabetes
- have kidney or liver problems
- are having dialysis
- have problems with your immune system
- are on a low salt diet
- have atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the walls of your arteries)
- have peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation)
- have collagen vascular disease, assystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or scleroderma
- have cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), or aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel from your heart)
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Captopril interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Captopril?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take captopril exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- For the treatment of high blood pressure, the usual starting dose is 12.5 mg - 25 mg taken twice a day. It can be increased from 100 mg to 150 mg per day.
- For the treatment of heart failure, the usual starting dose is 6.25 - 12.5 mg taken two or three times a day. It can be increased to a maximum of 150 mg per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Captopril side effects?
Like all medicines captopril can cause side effects, including:
- dizziness, headache
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- skin rash
- chest pain
- sleep problems
- hair loss
- fast, irregular, heartbeat
- chest pain
- feeling unwell
- low blood pressure
- looking pale
- reduced blood flow to the hands and feet
- swelling of the eyes and lips
- flushing fever,
- fluid accumulation
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.