Capoten review

Capoten, also prescribed as captopril, is commonly used in the treatment of cardiac conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and in treatment after surviving a heart attack. It can also be used for patients who are experiencing kidney problems due to diabetes. Capoten is part of the family of medications commonly known as ACE inhibitors, which means angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors.

Not all patients can effectively take Capoten, and physicians always need to determine the patient’s ability to handle medications despite other health problems. Patients with a medical history which includes liver disease, kidney disease, dialysis, congestive heart failure, heart disease, connective tissue diseases, or diabetes may not be able to take Capoten or may need special care while taking the medication, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition as well as the overall health of the patient.

Capoten has been rated by the American Food and Drug Administration as a pregnancy risk category D which means there is a high likelihood that Capoten will cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. Capoten has been proven to pass through the mother’s breast milk and may cause harm to a nursing baby. Patients who are pregnant or nursing should not take Capoten. Women who are taking Capoten should use an effective form of birth control and should inform the prescribing physician if they suspect they are pregnant.

Capoten should not be taken in larger doses than prescribed, even if a dose has been missed. Taking too much Capoten may result in an overdose. If a missed dose can not be taken when it is remembered because it is too close to the next scheduled dose, it should be skipped. An overdose can complicate a patient’s health and cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. An overdose of Capoten requires medical attention without delay.

There is a risk of side effects which can be severe when taking Capoten. Severe side effects and allergic reactions require medical attention promptly. Delaying medical attention can lead to very serious health complications. Allergic reactions can cause facial swelling which includes swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, and hives. Other serious side effects may present with symptoms including fever, chills, body aches and other flu symptoms, pale skin, unexplained bruising or bleeding, chest pain, swelling, rapid weight gain, edema, uneven heart rhythms, fast heart rate, pounding heart, lightheadedness, fainting, or a significant decrease or inability to urinate.

Most patients experience side effects like loss of taste, lack of appetite, cough, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, insomnia, mild nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth, mild itching, mild skin rash, or an initial feeling of discomfort that can not be pinpointed. These mild and common side effects do not require a physician’s attention, although reporting the side effects to the prescribing physician can help determine the appropriate dosage for each individual patient.

Some medications carry a risk of interacting poorly with Capoten, and patients should always consult with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, even over the counter medicines and herbal remedies. Physicians should always double check and be sure they have a complete medication list before prescribing Capoten to any patient. Medications such as diuretics, aspirin or additional NSAID pain relievers, potassium supplements, lithium, salt substitutes which contain levels of potassium, medication which dilate the blood vessels including alprostadil or nitroglycerin and nitroprusside.

Capoten has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of capoten

• Molecular formula of capoten is C9H15NO3S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (2S)-1-[(2S)-2-methyl-3-sulfanyl-propanoyl]pyrrolidine-2-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 217.286 g/mol
Capoten available : 100mg tablets

Generic name: Captopril

Brand name(s): Acediur, Aceplus, Acepress, Acepril, Alopresin, Apopril, Capozide, Captolane, Captoprilum, Captopryl, Captoril, Cesplon, Dilabar, Garranil, Hipertil, Hypertil, L-Captopril, Lopirin, Lopril, Tenosbon, Tensobon, Tensoprel

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