Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Capoten?

captopril

What is the Trade Name for captopril?

Capoten

What are the Indications of Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

hypertension, management of CHF, decrease progression of DM neuropathy

What are the Actions of Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

block conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, increases renin levels and decreases aldosterone
leading to vasodilation

What is the Therapeutic Class of Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

antihypertensives

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

ACE Inhibitor

What are the Nursing Considerations of Captopril (Capoten) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • can cause neutropenia – check WBCs regularly
  • use cautiously with potassium supplements and potassium sparing diuretics
  • use cautiously with diuretic therapy
  • administer 1 hour before meals
  • monitor blood pressure often
  • monitor weight and fluid status
  • monitor renal profile
  • monitor CBC frequently
  • may lead to Rhabdomyolysis
  • dry cough

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