Aceten (Captopril)

Uses

Aceten (Captopril) is used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. When prescribed for high blood pressure, it is effective used alone or combined with diuretics. If it is prescribed for congestive heart failure, it is used in combination with digitalis and diuretics. This drug is in a family of drugs known as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) 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. It also enhances blood flow throughout your blood vessels.

Dosage and Administration

Aceten (Captopril) should be taken 1 hour before meals. If you are taking an antacid, take it 2 hours prior to Aceten (Captopril). Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Stopping Aceten (Captopril) suddenly could cause your blood pressure to increase.

Side effects

More common side effects may include itching, loss of taste, low blood pressure, and rash. Less common or rare side effects may include abdominal pain, anemia, angina pectoris (severe chest pain), blisters, blurred vision, breast development in males, cardiac arrest, changes in heart rhythm, chest pain, confusion, constipation, cough, depression, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, fever and chills, flushing, general feeling of ill health, hair loss, headache, heart attack, heart failure, impotence, inability to sleep, indigestion, inflammation of the nose, inflammation of the tongue, labored breathing, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, lung inflammation, muscle pain and/or weakness, nausea, nervousness, pallor, palpitations, peptic ulcer, rapid heartbeat, sensitivity to light, skin inflammation, skin peeling, sleepiness, sore throat, stomach irritation, stroke, sudden fainting or loss of strength, swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat, or arms and legs, tingling or pins and needles, vomiting, weakness, wheezing, yellow eyes and skin.

Precautions

If you are receiving bee or wasp venom to prevent an allergic reaction to stings, use of Aceten (Captopril) at the same time may cause a severe allergic reaction.

If you have kidney disease, Aceten (Captopril) should be used only if you have taken other blood pressure medications and your physician has determined that the results were unsatisfactory. Some people taking Aceten (Captopril) have had a severe allergic reaction during kidney dialysis.

If you are taking Aceten (Captopril) for your heart, be careful not to increase physical activity too quickly. Check with your physician as to how much exercise is safe for you. If you are taking Aceten (Captopril) for congestive heart failure, your blood pressure may drop temporarily after the first few doses and you may feel light-headed for a time. Your physician should monitor you closely when you start taking the medication or when your dosage is increased.

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