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Brand name: Capoten Generic Name: Captopril

What does this medicine do?

  • Enlarges the blood vessels slightly, lowering the blood pressure and making it easier for the heart to pump blood

How should I give my child this medicine?

  • Give at the same time each day as directed
  • Can be given with or without food/liquids, but for older children give one hour before meals if possible
  • Can be given as a liquid or a pill. The liquid should be measured only with an oral syringe.  

What should I do if my child vomits after a dose?

  • If the vomiting occurs within 15 minutes after the medicine is given, give the entire dose again. If more than 15 minutes have passed, do not give it again until the next scheduled dose.  

What should I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give the dose as soon as you remember it, up to 2 hours later. If it is more than 2 hours late, skip the missed dose and give the next dose at the regular time. Never try to make up missed doses by giving extra medicine.

What are the common side effects?

  • Cough

Unlikely but report :

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Swelling, rash
  • Sore mouth/throat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain

This information does not cover all the uses, precautions, side effects or interactions of this medicine. If you have any further questions, please contact your doctor.

2006: Information reviewed by Lynda Dettling BSN, RN


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