Atacand is a prescription medication that is used to treat heart conditions such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Although Atacand is not a cure for these specific heart conditions, it can lower blood pressure and increase the efficiency of the heart. This medication is usually taken on a daily basis, with the specific dosage being based on the patient's medical history and other factors.

Atacand has the active ingredient of candesartan cilexetil which is a prescribed medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers. Atacand is manufactured by AstraZeneca. By helping blood vessels relax, Atacand also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these effects are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.

How to Use Atacand Tablets

  • The recommended starting Atacand dosage for people with congestive heart failure is Atacand 4 mg once a day.
  • Your Atacand dosage should be taken by mouth with a glass of water.
  • Atacand may be taken with or without food.
  • Make sure to take Atacand at the same time each day to maintain even levels of the medicine in your blood.
  • For Atacand to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Atacand will not work if you take it in a different way than your healthcare provider has prescribed.
  • If you do not take your Atacand as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.

Cautions before Use Atacand Tablets

  • Atacand may cause extreme low blood pressure in some people. Extreme low blood pressure is more likely to happen in people who are taking a diuretic, who are on dialysis, who have diarrhea or vomiting, who have excessive sweating, or who have congestive heart failure.
  • While taking Atacand, do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes with potassium unless you have discussed this with your doctor.
  • This medication may cause a decrease in kidney function, especially in people who are elderly, have kidney disease, have severe congestive heart failure (CHF), or are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or diuretics (water pills).
  • If you have moderate to severe liver disease, such as cirrhosis, your body may metabolize the Atacand hence, it should be avoided.

Atacand Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may occur with the usage of Atacand are as follows:

  • Unexplained skin rash
  • Itching
  • Unexplained blisters or peeling of the skin
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting spells
  • Decreases in the amount of urine produced
  • Respiratory infections

Atacand Tablets Reactions and Overdose

Atacand drug interactions with diuretics, potassium supplements, potassium-sparing diuretics, and lithium may cause changes within the blood that can lead to serious problems. Therefore, it is recommended for people who take Atacand to consult their pharmacist or healthcare provider about any drug interactions that may apply to them.

Atacand overdose can include extremely low blood pressure, dizziness, increased heart rate, and kidney failure. Anyone who has overdosed on Atacand needs to seek immediate medical attention.


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