Generic Name: candesartan cilexetil
Drug Class: angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)
Atacand is an oral prescription drug used to manage hypertension or high blood pressure. It prevents complications, such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. This oral prescription is also indicated to treat heart failure.
Atacand Dosage Forms
This is available in Atacand 16 mg, 32 mg, 8 mg, and 4 mg tablets.
Atacand Mechanism of Action
It blocks the vasoconstricting and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II by hampering the binding of angiotensin II to angiotensin I receptors in tissues, including the vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal gland. Through this action, blood vessels are relaxed, and blood can flow more smoothly.
How to Take Atacand
Before taking this medication, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. It is important to understand the uses and directions of drugs before using them. If you need additional medical advice or information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Atacand tablet is only meant to be taken by mouth. It is usually prescribed once or twice a day and can be taken with or without a meal. Be sure to drink fluids right after swallowing the tablet. If you need to split this tablet into equal doses, ask for supervision from a healthcare professional.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your dosing. You should also not take this oral drug more frequently than stated, and you should not abruptly discontinue it.
Atacand Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Changes in urine output
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Atacand.
If adverse reactions are severe or persistent, call your doctor immediately.
Warnings and Precautions when using Atacand
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to candesartan or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. Be aware of any serious allergy symptoms, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, and rashes.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of hyperkalemia, dehydration, and liver disease. Also, you should disclose any prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, or herbal products that you are taking due to the possibility of drug interactions.
Dizziness and lightheadedness are among the common adverse effects of this ARB. When performing tasks requiring alertness and clear vision, practice safety precautions. You must also restrict your alcohol intake while on this treatment.
Candesartan can increase the levels of potassium in the blood. You must look out for signs of hyperkalemia, such as palpitation, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. Consult your physician before taking potassium supplements or salt substitutes.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, this oral medication must only be taken if absolutely necessary. For breastfeeding moms, it is unknown if it can pass into the breastmilk. It is necessary to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider.
How much does Atacand cost in Canada?
You may see the list of prices on this page. Please note that you have to present a valid prescription when you purchase this medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Atacand medication used for?
Atacand (generic name: candesartan) is indicated to treat hypertension and heart failure. It is also used to reduce cardiovascular death after a heart attack.
Is Atacand a diuretic?
This oral medication is not a diuretic or a “water pill”. This means that you will not urinate more than usual while taking this drug.
When should you take Atacand?
There is no specified time when taking this drug. You may take it any time of the day, provided that you follow a dosing schedule.
How long does it take for Atacand to start working?
It depends on the medical condition it is addressing. Mostly, it starts to lower blood pressure two weeks after regular use. It reaches its full effects within four weeks.
Can Atacand cause kidney problems?
If used correctly and with caution, this medication is safe to use. However, among its serious adverse effects are kidney problems. Notify your physician once you notice changes in your urine output.
What are the alternatives to Atacand?
Other similar medications that can be used to treat hypertension and heart failure are Cozaar (losartan) and Diovan (valsartan). However, you must not replace this drug with other brands unless recommended by the doctor.