Captopril Medication

Jul 8th, 2015
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Captopril (Capoten) is an ACE inhibitor and a common antihypertensive. Captopril works by competitively inhibiting the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II.

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Patients with acute or chronic health problems restore or maintain their healthusing a variety of strategies. One of these strategies is medication, a substanceused in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, relief, or prevention of health problems.No matter where they receive their health carehospitals, clinics, or homenurses play an essential role in safe medication preparation, administration,and evaluation of medication effects. When patients cannot administer theirown medications at home, family members, friends, or home care personnel areoften responsible for medication administration. In all settings, nurses areresponsible for evaluating the effects of medications on the patients ongoinghealth status, teaching them about their medications and side effects, ensuringadherence to the medication regimen, and evaluating the patients and familycaregivers ability to self-administer medications.SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BASEMedications are frequently used to manage diseases. Because medicationadministration and evaluation are a critical part of nursing practice, nursesneed to have knowledge about the actions and effects of the medications takenby their patients. Administering medications safely requires an understandingof legal aspects of health care, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, the lifesciences, pathophysiology, human anatomy, and mathematics.Pharmacological ConceptsMedication Names.Some medications have as many as three different names. The chemica

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