Candesartan (Atacand) – Angiotensin II receptor blockers

Candesartan (Atacand) – What You Need To Know

Brand Name: Atacand

What is Candesartan (Atacand)?

The Information about Candesartan (Atacand) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

candesartan atacandAngiotensin II is a natural substance in your body that narrows your blood vessels, releases a hormone that increases the amount of sodium and water in your body, and can also thicken and stiffen the walls of your blood vessels and heart.

Candesartan also known by the brand name Atacand is an Angiotensin II receptor blocker, which helps to stop this damage within the blood vessels.

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How to use Candesartan (Atacand)

  • taking pillTake Candesartan (Atacand) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • Take Candesartan (Atacand) at the same time every day by mouth with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double your dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Candesartan (Atacand).

What to know before using Candesartan (Atacand):

If you are using any of the medications below, discuss with your doctor before using Candesartan (Atacand):

  • Diureticsmedication
  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Lithium

This may not be a complete list. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking or changing your dosage of Candesartan (Atacand):

  • heart attackpregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • taking any other medications
  • allergy to Candesartan (Atacand), other medications, food, or other substances
  • history of angioedema of any kind
  • heart, blood vessel, blood flow problems
  • diabetes
  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • history of stroke or recent heart attack
  • dehydration
  • low blood volume
  • electrolyte problems or are on a low-salt (sodium) diet
  • on dialysis
  • scheduled to have surgery or receive anesthesia
  • had a kidney transplant
  • taking medication that contains Aliskiren and you also have diabetes or kidney problems.

Side effects of Candesartan (Atacand):

Stop using Candesartan (Atacand) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • bleeding gums
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • lightheadedness
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • nosebleeds
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • painful or difficult urination
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • vomiting
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloody urine
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • difficult or troubled breathing
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased thirst
  • itching
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pale skin
  • redness of the skin
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • upper right abdominal or stomach pain
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes or skin

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Ear congestion or pain
  • head congestion
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing

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Candesartan (Atacand) Natural Alternatives:

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Several of the ingredients in Tikva can also increase circulation, dissolve plaque that is already in the arteries and reduce new plaque from forming. In addition, there are ingredients in Tikva to help reduce stress that often increases blood pressure without all of the side effects.

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Candesartan (Atacand)or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Candesartan (Atacand) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Candesartan (Atacand) .

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Candesartan (Atacand).