Captopril is a prescription medication used to treat diabetic nephropathy, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure. Taking the medicine after a heart attack can also help improve survival and reduce the risks of developing congestive heart failure. The medicine, which comes in tablet form, may potentially cause side effects, including cough, unexplained rash, decreased or loss of taste, and impotence.

What Is Captopril?

Captopril (Capoten®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with captopril. However, not everyone who takes it will have problems. If they do occur, side effects are often minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects of this medication include:
  • Unexplained rash
  • Decreased or loss of taste
  • Cough (see Captopril Cough).
(Click Side Effects of Captopril to learn more, including serious side effects to look out for.)
You can also read about other possible side effects by going to the following eMedTV articles:
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