Atacand (candesartan) is an oral medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) among adults and children (1-year-old and above), thus reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems. This is also indicated to treat heart failure.
This angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) works primarily by relaxing the blood vessel so that the blood would flow more easily. It could prevent vasoconstriction by selectively blocking the binding of angiotensin II to angiotensin I receptors in the vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal gland.
Before starting to take this, read the Atacand medication guide or the prescription label provided. Follow the dosage and frequency recommended by your physician. Atacand is available in 4 mg, 8 mg, 16 mg, and 32 mg tablets. Prescribed dosage would depend on the medical condition and, for children, on their weight.
Take the prescribed tablet orally. You can take Atacand tablet with or without food or as directed by your physician.
Atacand could improve your condition within five weeks. To achieve full benefit, remember to take it regularly and at the same time of the day, every day. Do not increase or decrease your Atacand dose or stop abruptly without the advice of your physician.
In case you miss a dose of Atacand, take it immediately. If it is almost time for your next dose, disregard the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses simultaneously.
Below are the common side effects you may experience when taking Atacand are:
These common side effects may occur as your body adjusts to Atacand. However, if any of these symptoms worsen, you have to seek emergency help right away. Other severe adverse reactions to look out for are fainting, slow or irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and severe hypotension.
Do not take this oral medication if you have a known allergy to candesartan or any ingredients this drug may have. Symptoms of an allergic reaction that you should look out for are hives, skin rash, swelling of the face, and difficulty breathing.
Talk to your physician about your medical history or any medical conditions you have at present. This drug may be contraindicated or may worsen your symptoms if you have hyperkalemia (high potassium level in the blood), liver disease, kidney disease, or electrolyte imbalance.
This medication may cause dizziness or lightheadedness from orthostatic hypotension. Hence, you have to move slowly when rising from a sitting or a lying down position. In addition, avoid doing activities that would require alertness, like driving or using machinery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the other available variants of Atacand?
It is also available in Atacand HCT and Atacand Plus.
Can I cut Atacand in half?
Yes, you can cut or crush this tablet.
How much does Atacand cost?
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Is it safe for pregnant women?
Atacandis NOT recommended for pregnant women.
Is it safe for breastfeeding women?
It is unknown whether this medication could pass into the breastmilk.