What is Atacand?
Atacand (candesartan) is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Candesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
Atacand is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 1 year old. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications.
Atacand is also used in adults with certain types of heart failure, to reduce serious complications or death due to heart damage.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Atacand if you are allergic to candesartan.
If you have diabetes, do not use Atacand together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).
You may also need to avoid taking candesartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.
To make sure Atacand is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- liver disease;
- heart problems;
- if you are on a low-salt diet; or
- if you are dehydrated.
Do not use if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor right away. Candesartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.
You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
What are the side effects?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Atacand: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- fast or slow heartbeats;
- unusual muscle pain or weakness;
- high potassium level – nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement; or
- kidney problems – little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath.
Common Atacand side effects may include:
- headache, back pain;
- dizziness; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.