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What should I know about Capoten before taking it?

Capoten (captopril) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that's prescribed to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and certain heart conditions. It does not cure these conditions. If your doctor prescribes Capoten for you, you should know its potential side effects, especially those that are serious and require medical attention, including fainting, chest pain, trouble swallowing or breathing, swelling in arms, legs, eyes, lips, face or tongue, hoarseness and rash.

Make certain you understand your prescription. Take Capoten as directed, usually two or three times a day and on an empty stomach (at least one hour before or two hours after eating). Be aware that Capoten isn't safe to take if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. If you're expecting or nursing a baby, tell your doctor before you start taking Capoten. If you become pregnant while on Capoten, call him or her immediately.

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