Captopril

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Captopril is an ACE inhibitor medication that is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. It contains the active ingredient captopril, which helps to relax and widen blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow. 

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Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors are a medication that is used to help treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, as well as prevent heart failure. 

Captopril belongs to a group of medications known as Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors, also known simply as ACE inhibitors. ACE inhibitors work by widening the blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood through them. 

You should only ever take your Captopril as it has been prescribed to you. You are usually able to take your medication whenever you would like, however, it is advisable to take the medication at the same time every day. 

You should only ever use the dosage of Captopril that you have been prescribed by your healthcare provider. The usual starting dosage is 6.25mg which could be increased to a maximum of 150mg a day. Dosage will vary from person to person. 

Captopril is suitable for people who are looking for a medication to help treat hypertension including adults and children, although some children may not be suitable.

Captopril may not be a suitable medication for some people. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Do not use Captopril if:

  • You have a reaction such as swelling of the hands, lips, face, or tongue
  • You suffer from an auto-immune disease
  • You have diabetes or impaired kidney function

Your doctor will normally advise you to not use Captopril if you are pregnant, or if you are trying to become pregnant. Your doctor may prescribe you with another medication if necessary.

No, you should not use Captopril whilst breastfeeding, especially for newborns or premature babies. Your doctor may provide you with an alternative medication.

Captopril can interact with some other medications. It is important that you let your doctor know about any medications you are using or have previously used. Let your doctor know if:

  • You are using NSAID painkillers
  • You are using immunosuppressants
  • You are using potassium supplements or salt substitutes
  • You are using medication for gout
  • You are using medication for diabetes
  • You are using medication that causes the dilation of blood vessels
  • You are using medicines to treat mental health conditions
  • You are using any other blood pressure medications

As with all other medications some people may experience side effects when they use Captopril. The most common side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Itching 
  • Rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep problems
  • Diarrhoea and constipation
  • Dry, itchy cough
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach ulcers

In order to fully understand Captopril and the warnings associated with it, it is recommended to read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication before you start using it.

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