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Capoten and the generic alternative captopril are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. It is also used to treat heart failure, protect the kidneys from harm due to diabetes, and to improve survival after a heart attack. Captopril is an ACE inhibitor and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: How long does it take captopril to work?
A: For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take up to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication. For the treatment of heart failure, it may take weeks to months before you get the full benefit of this medication.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Q; What should I avoid?
A: 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. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough. Avoid strenuous exercise without your doctor's approval if you are being treated for heart failure.