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Captopril - Medication in hypertension

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Captopril in hypertension

High Blood Pressure - drug Captopril

(Group of ACE inhibitors)

Captopril is used, both as a single drug in the treatment of elevated blood pressure (also called hypertension), or in combination with other drugs to help lower the blood pressure.

The drug Captopril belongs to the family of ACE inhibitors.

The active ingredient of the drug is hydrochlorothiazide and it has a hypotensive effect.

The dosage depends on the degree of hypertension, currently the drug is available in the following dosages:

6.25 mg, 12,5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg

The dosage varies depending on the person.

Since the drug with its active ingredient hydrochlorothiazide has a strong effect, the treatment usually starts with the smallest dose.

The dosage may then be increased accordingly as needed.

In order to determine the effectiveness of the medication and the total treatment, a daily blood pressure measurement is taken.

Based on these daily blood pressure values, you will notice the success of the treatment.



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Side effects and risks of Captopril

There are some side effects, such as renal or hepatic impairment, cirrhosis, allergy and asthma.

Also, the drug should not be taken by pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding as it can cause damage to a baby.

Also this drug cannot be used for children.

If there are any side effects, you should reduce the dose of the medication accordingly or replace the drug with a different one.

For those with hypertension and taking captopril, you should be careful before doing any activity.

The drug has a side effect which can negatively affect performance.

People who drive or those operating machinery are particularly at risk here.




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Further areas of applicability of Captopril

The medicine is used in addition to the treatment of elevated blood pressure, even with a weak heart muscle, a heart attack, a stroke, and diabetes.

The effect of the drug differs among the listed diseases.

With respect to the effect on other diseases, the drug captopril has not been fully investigated.

Trade names are:

- ACE inhibitors Ratiopharm (tablets with 25.6, 12.5, 25, 50 and 100 mg)

- Captobeta (tablets with 6.25, 12.5, 25, 50 and 100 mg)

- CaptoHEXAL (tablets with 6.25, 12.5, 25, 50 and 100 mg)

- Captopril Heumann (tablets with 25.6, 12.5, 25, 50 and 100 mg)

- Cor tensobon (tablets 12.5 mg)




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ACE inhibitors in an overview

Other drugs in this group are listed here alphabetically. 

For more information, simply click on the link

Benazepril (Lotensin)

Captopril (Capoten)

Cilazapril

Enalapril (Vasotec)

Fosinopril (Monopril)

Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)

Moexipril

Perindopril

Quinapril (Accupril)

Ramipril (Altace)

Spirapril

Trandolapril

Zofrenopril

Also note that the ACE inhibitors are often used in combination with other blood pressure lowering drugs. 

Here you read about the so-called combination therapy in hypertension.


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