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If you are suffering from high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, or diabetic nephropathy, Capoten (captopril) can help. Get a new prescription or refill of Capoten from a board-certified doctor online.*

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Treats high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and more

Multiple FDA-approved uses for Capoten

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About Capoten 

Capoten is considered an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor). Capoten is used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and diabetic nephropathy, as well as to improve survival chances after a heart attack.

Capoten is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including captopril.

Capoten may be prescribed as a tablet. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed Capoten, be sure to complete the full course of the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the ACE inhibitor may not fully treat your high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, or diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease).

Capoten uses

There are several FDA-approved uses for Capoten, but your healthcare provider may also prescribe it off-label to treat other medical conditions.

Your doctor may prescribe Capoten for any of the following reasons, or other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed, ask your online doctor or pharmacist.

  • High Blood Pressure

    Capoten is FDA-approved to treat high blood pressure in adults with normal renal function. It may be used alone or with thiazide antihypertensives for additional blood pressure-lowering effects.

  • Heart disease management

    Capoten is FDA-approved to treat congestive heart failure, usually in combination with diuretics and digitalis. It can also help improve survival in patients with left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction.

  • Diabetic nephropathy

    Capoten is FDA-approved to treat diabetic nephropathy in patients with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes mellitus. Capoten decreases the rate of progression of renal insufficiency.

Capoten side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Capoten are typically mild. Common side effects of Capoten include:

    • Cough

    • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingling feeling)

    • Loss of taste

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Lightheadedness

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chest pain or irregular heartbeat

    Tell your doctor if you notice any of these side effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms. Capoten may be also used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure in children.

How to take Capoten

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your Capoten prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Capoten can come in different doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. The initial Capoten dosage for hypertension is typically 12.5–25 mg. Capoten dosage may range from 6.25 to 12.5 mg for heart failure and up to 25 mg for diabetic nephropathy.

Capoten is usually taken one hour before meals. Be sure to drink plenty of water when taking this medication.

What to avoid while taking Capoten

Capoten has 379 drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs. 

Possible drug interactions with Capoten include:

  • Cardizem (diltiazem)

  • Lasix (furosemide)

  • Lopressor (metoprolol)

  • Paracetamol (acetaminophen)

  • Plavix (clopidogrel)

Alcohol may further lower blood pressure and increase adverse reactions to Capoten. Ask your doctor for medical advice before drinking alcohol.

Avoid using salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking this medication unless your doctor has told you to.

Medication alternatives to Capoten

If your healthcare professional prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest other ACE inhibitors or antihypertensives in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Capoten prescription FAQs

  • How much does Capoten cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, Capoten costs around $23 for thirty 25 mg tablets without insurance. Fortunately, generic brands, such as captopril, may offer an affordable alternative. Price varies with insurance coverage. Our prescription discount card helps members save up to 80% on prescriptions.

  • How can I refill my Capoten prescription?

    Capoten is only available by prescription, so you will need to see a board-certified doctor to get a refill on your prescription. Book a virtual appointment with one of our top rated board-certified doctors to get started. After a qualifying evaluation, your doctor will send your prescription to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • What should you monitor when taking captopril?

    Your doctor will regularly check your blood pressure while taking this medication. You may also need frequent blood tests.

  • Does Capoten reduce blood pressure?

    Yes, Capoten can lower blood pressure. Capoten blocks a substance in the body that causes blood vessels to tighten, which helps improve blood pressure.

  • How long does it take for Capoten to work?

    It can take up to two weeks before Capoten lowers blood pressure. For the treatment of heart failure, it can take weeks to months for Capoten to take full effect.

  • Who should not take Capoten?

    Avoid taking Capoten if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Liver disease

    • Connective tissue disease

    • If you've had an organ transplant

    Do not take Capoten if you're pregnant. Capoten can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take this medication during the second and third trimesters.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Capoten?

    If you miss a dose of Capoten, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Capoten?

    If you've taken too much Capoten, call your doctor immediately or contact your local poison control center.

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