Captopril

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Captopril is an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, which is used to treat hypertension and some types of congestive heart failure.

Do not use when

  • Your child is allergic to captopril or any other type of ACE inhibitor.
  • You are pregnant or trying to conceive

Consult your doctor when
Your child is suffering or has suffered in the past from a low heart rate, arrhythmia, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or tissue diseases
Your child is taking other medication or has known allergies

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication at room temperature in a dry place. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician. Sometimes the doctor will change the dosage or prescription to ensure your child is getting the necessary dosage. The medication should be taken an hour prior to meal time. Make sure your child drinks lots of liquid to prevent dehydration.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
Administer the medication immediately after you remember. Do not give the forgotten dose if the next one is soon. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop giving the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your physician. Do not end treatment without consulting with your doctor – even if your child is feeling better.

Side Effects
While using Captopril, your child may experience side effects which include coughing, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, rashes, and/or difficulty sleeping.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition worsens
  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as fever, chills, pale skin, bruising, quick or irregular heart rate, swelling, rapid weight gain, and/or lightheadedness
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the medication

Do not use sodium or potassium supplements. Make sure your child drinks to prevent dehydration.