Tablets: 12.5 milligrams,
Tablets: 25 milligrams,
Tablets: 50 milligrams,
Tablets: 100 milligrams.
Capoten is prescribed alone in treating high blood pressure.
Capoten is prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. When prescribed for high blood pressure, it is effective prescribed alone or combined with diuretics. If it is prescribed for congestive heart failure, it is prescribed in combination with digitalis and diuretics. Capoten is in a family of drugs known as "ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors." It works by preventing a chemical in your blood called angiotensin I from converting into a more potent form that increases salt and water retention in your body. Capoten also enhances blood flow throughout your blood vessels.
In addition, Capoten is prescribed to improve survival in certain people who have suffered heart attacks and to treat kidney disease in diabetics.
Some doctors also prescribe Capoten for angina pectoris (crushing chest pain), Raynaud's phenomenon (a disorder of the blood vessels that causes the fingers to turn white when exposed to cold), and rheumatoid arthritis.
Capoten is generally well tolerated and side effects are usually mild and transient. A dry, persistent cough has been reported with the use of Capoten and other ACE inhibitors. Coughing resolves after discontinuing the medication.
Other side effects are:
- A Sore Or Swollen Throat;
- Chest Pain;
- Difficulty Breathing;
- Easy Bruising Or Bleeding;
- Loss Of Appetite;
- Loss Of Taste;
- Nausea And Vomiting;
- Numbness Or Tingling In The Hands Or Feet;
- Rare And Include Abdominal Pain;
- Severe Dizziness Or Fainting;
Capoten side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Low Blood Pressure;
- Loss Of Taste;
High Blood Pressure
The usual starting dose is 25 mg taken 2 or 3 times a day. If you have any problems with your kidneys or suffer from other major health problems, your starting dose may be lower. Depending on how your blood pressure responds, your doctor may increase your dose later, up to a total of 150 mg 2 or 3 times a day. The maximum recommended daily dose is 450 mg.
For most people, the usual dose is 25 mg taken 3 times a day. A daily dosage of 450 mg should not be exceeded.
After a Heart Attack
The usual starting dose is 6.25 mg, taken once, followed by 12.5 mg 3 times a day. Your doctor will increase the dose over the next several days to 25 mg taken 3 times a day and then, over the next several weeks, to 50 mg 3 times a day.
Kidney Disease in Diabetes
The usual dose is 25 mg taken 3 times a day.
The safety and effectiveness of Capoten in children have not been established.