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  1. Hypertension

  2. Congestive heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction

  3. Diabetic nephropathy

PO / NG:
Apo-captopril & capoten tablets (12.5mg, 25mg, 50mg white tablets)
Capoten solution (5mg/ml) – clear and colourless
Tablets can be crushed for NG administration; liquid is also available.

6.25mg PO TDS increased to maximum of 50mg PO TDS.

0.1mg/kg 8hrly; increased if required to a maximum of 2mg/kg 8hrly.

Dose in renal impairment [GFR (ml/min)]
<10 start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually
10-20 start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually
>20-50 start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually

Dose in renal replacement therapy
CAPD start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually
HD start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually
CVVHDF start with 6.25mg or less and increase gradually

Note: Recent clinical observations have shown an association of hypersensitivity-like (anaphylactoid) reactions during haemodialysis with high-flux dialysis membranes (e.g. AN69) in patients receiving ACE inhibitors.

Captopril is a specific competitive inhibitor of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE), the enzyme responsible for the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II.


  1. Hypersensitivity to captopril or any other angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (e.g. a patient who has experienced angioedema during therapy with any other ACE inhibitor).

  2. Cardiogenic shock

Anaphylactoid and Possibly Related Reactions
Captopril can cause anaphylactoid reactions
Head and Neck Angioedema
Angioedema involving the extremities, face, lips, mucous membranes, tongue, glottis or larynx has been seen in patients treated with ACE inhibitors, including captopril. If angioedema involves the tongue, glottis or larynx, airway obstruction may occur and be fatal. Swelling confined to the face, mucous membranes of the mouth, lips and extremities has usually resolved with discontinuation of captopril; some cases required medical therapy.
Intestinal Angioedema
Intestinal angioedema has been reported in patients treated with ACE inhibitors. These patients presented with abdominal pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); in some cases there was no prior history of facial angioedema and C-1 esterase levels were normal.
Neutropaenia (<1000/mm3) with myeloid hypoplasia has resulted from use of captopril.
Hypotension in Heart Failure Patients
Caution should be observed when initiating therapy in patients with heart failure. Patients with heart failure given captopril commonly have some reduction in blood pressure. In patients with symptomatic hypotension this may require temporarily reducing the dose of captopril, or diuretic, or both, and volume repletion
Hepatic Failure
Rarely, ACE inhibitors have been associated with a syndrome that starts with cholestatic jaundice and progresses to fulminant hepatic necrosis and (sometimes) death. The mechanism of this syndrome is not understood. Patients receiving ACE inhibitors who develop jaundice or marked elevations of hepatic enzymes should discontinue the ACE inhibitor.

Some patients with renal disease, particularly those with severe renal artery stenosis, have developed increases in serum creatinine after reduction of blood pressure with captopril. Captopril dosage reduction and/or discontinuation of diuretic may be required.
Elevations in serum potassium have been observed in some patients treated with ACE inhibitors, including captopril.
Presumably due to the inhibition of the degradation of endogenous bradykinin, persistent nonproductive cough has been reported with all ACE inhibitors, always resolving after discontinuation of therapy. ACE inhibitor-induced cough should be considered in the differential diagnosis of cough.

Laboratory Tests:
No tests in addition to routine ICU tests are required.

Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions:
Captopril may cause a false-positive urine test for acetone.

Increased serum lithium levels and symptoms of lithium toxicity have been reported in patients receiving concomitant lithium and ACE inhibitor therapy.

The risk of hypotension increases if captopril is coadministered with other antihypertensives.

Body as a Whole:
Gynaecomastia, anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema
Cardiac arrest, cerebrovascular accident / insufficiency, rhythm disturbances, orthostatic hypotension, syncope
Bullous pemphigus, erythema multiforme (Stevens Johnson syndrome), exfoliatice dermatitis
Pancreatitis, glossitis, dyspepsia, jaundice, hepatitis, rare causes of hepatic necrosis, cholestasis
Anaemia (including cases of haemolytic anaemia), thrombocytopenia, neutropenia
Myalgia, myasthenia
Nervous system:
Ataxia, confusion, depression, nervousness, somnolence
Respiratory system;
Bronchospasm, eosinophilic pneumonia, angioedema
Urogenital system;
Renal failure, proteinuria