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Capoten is an oral tablet made up of an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor called captopril. We have the generic alternative to Capoten which is sold just as captopril. You can buy captopril in doses of 12.5mg, 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.

Capoten is a treatment for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. By treating hypertension, it also prevents the outcomes of hypertension, such as strokes, heart attacks, kidney problems. It can also be used for the treatment of heart failure and protect the kidneys from harm caused by diabetes as well as improving survival rates of those who recently suffered a heart attack. This medication is effective for treatment of these conditions due to ACE inhibitors allowing easier blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels.

Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Bystolic exactly how to take this medication. Follow his directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.

Ensure you don’t miss a dose by taking this medication at the same time every day. Some patients say using a pillbox can help you to remember.

To properly take this medication, take it orally on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour prior to eating. This is usually done 2 – 3 times per day.

Use this medication regularly to get the full effectiveness of it. Do not stop taking Captopril unless your doctor has given you permission.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.

Important allergies to tell your doctor consist of: benazepril, fosinopril, enalapril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, and trandolapril.

Important diseases to tell your doctor consists of: kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), liver disease, diabetes, a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have had an organ transplant.

You may not be able to take this medication if you are also taking aliskiren.

This medication passes into breast milk and may hard a nursing baby; avoid breast feeding while using this product.

This medication could cause a loss in potassium levels.

Older patients may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.

Side Effects

Common side effects of captopril may include:

  • Cough;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet;
  • loss of taste sensation; or
  • mild skin itching or rash.

Serious side effects of captopril may include:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • little or no urination, or urinating more than usual;
  • shortness of breath (even with mild exertion), swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • chest pain or pressure, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

Signs to watch for

High potassium: nausea, slow or unusual heart rate, weakness, loss of movement

Allergic reaction: hives; severe stomach pain; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.


What is the best dosage to take?

25mg two or three times a day is the average recommended dose for those treating hypertension.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

Stopping this medication suddenly could worsen your condition and increase your chance of heart attack and stroke.

What is the best way to store this medication?

Keep Capoten away from children and sunlight, in a cool dry place.

How long does it take for this medication to become active?

Begins working within 90 minutes, but the maximum reduction in blood pressure takes about three to four weeks (21-28 days).

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