Par Pharmaceutical | Capoten (Medication)
Capoten/captopril is an oral drug and a member of a class of drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors are used for treating high blood pressure, heart failure, and for preventing kidney failure due to high blood pressure and diabetes. ...
Captopril is generally well tolerated, and side effects are usually mild and transient. A dry, persistent cough has been reported commonly with the use of captopril and other ACE inhibitors.
Coughing resolves after discontinuing the drug. Other side effects include abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, rash, dizziness, fatigue, headache, loss of taste, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fainting and numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Captopril and other ACE inhibitors also may cause kidney failure and increased levels of potassium in the blood. Serious but, fortunately, very rare side effects are liver failure and angioedema, which means swelling of lips and throat that can obstruct breathing. ...
Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of Capoten. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking Capoten, unless your doctor has told you to.
Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include:vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink while taking Capoten. Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor advice. ...