Captopril (Capoten)

(KAP-toe-pril)

Captopril (Capoten) belongs to a class of medicines known as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

It is used to treat mild to severe high blood pressure as well as congestive heart failure.

Captopril is given by mouth as a tablet and is also available as an oral suspension.

  • Give this medicine only as directed, and do not stop unless directed to stop by your child's doctor.
  • It is best to give this medicine on an empty stomach one hour before or two hours after meals.
  • Tablets may be crushed and dissolved in water for at least 10 minutes. Make sure your child swallows all of the water to make she he / she gets all of the medicine.
  • For the oral suspension, make sure to shake well. Use an oral measuring cup or oral syringe to measure the amount of medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Limit salt substitutes and other foods high in potassium. Do not use a salt substitute without your child's doctor's advice.
  • Limit or avoid natural licorice, which can cause the body to retain sodium and water.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Store tablets at room temperature and protected from sunlight and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Store oral suspension in the refrigerator.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor right away.

For any information related to your child's medicine dosing schedule and / or missed doses, call the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication. 

  • Child has trouble breathing
  • Develops vomiting or diarrhea
  • Begins to sweat excessively
  • Experiences swelling of the lips, tongue or face

Last Updated 11/2013