Atacand is an angiotensin receptor blocker, or ARB, typically used for treating high blood pressure (hypertension), which helps prevent strokes, and for treating kidney problems. Atacand is also used to treat heart failure and works by relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure to improve blood flow. Atacand can be used alone or in combination with other medications proven to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Atacand requires a prescription and may be prescribed for other uses. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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The main conditions Atacand is used to treat include congestive heart failure and high blood pressure (hypertension), which can result in severe complications such as stroke, kidney problems and heart attacks. Though Atacand cannot cure the causes of heart failure or high blood pressure, it can mitigate the symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.
Below you will find the different uses for Atacand:
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
Atacand dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional"s directions carefully for best results.
- One or two tablets, twice a day, with or without food for 4 - 6 weeks
Atacand Side Effects
Atacand, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Atacand, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Back pain
- Sore throat
- Swelling of the tongue, eyes, hands, ankles, lower legs, or throat
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Decreased urination
- Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness
- Unusual tiredness
- Chest pain
- Slow heart rate
- Weak pulse
- Impaired renal function
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Atacand. As with all drugs, before taking Atacand, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.