Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) is indicated for the treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, and kidney problems. This may also be used to treat heart failure. This medication is not recommended for use in children younger than 1 year. It is due to an increased risk of side effects.
How does Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) work?
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) works by widening the blood vessels so that the heart does not have to pump as hard to move the blood around the body. This also means that when you put more demands on your heart, the heart may manage it better so you may not get short of breath as easily.
In hypertension, Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) causes a dose-dependent and long-lasting reduction in arterial blood pressure. The antihypertensive action is due to decreased systemic peripheral resistance, stroke volume, while heart rate and cardiac output are not affected. There is no indication of serious or exaggerated first dose hypotension or rebound effect after cessation of treatment.
Why use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) is a type of medication called angiotensin II receptor antagonist or blocker. This medication has two active ingredients; a diuretic hydrochlorothiazide and angiotensin II receptor. This is available for oral use as tablets containing 4 mg, 16mg, and 32mg of Candesartan Cilexetil. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this treatment.
How to use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
The recommended dosage and dosing schedule will depend on your condition and response. This medication is usually taken one 8mg or one 16mg daily. Sometimes an increased dose is given with 32mg once daily. Take it at the same time each day. You may take it with or without food.
What are the side-effects of Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
- Sore throat
- Back pain
- Stomach pain
- Tired feeling
- Chest pain
- Slow heart rate
- Tingly feeling
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Joint pain
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- Weak pulse
If you notice these side effects, call your doctor right away.
Warnings and Precautions
- This medication is not prescribed for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Let your doctor know if you have allergies, medical history, or current medications.
- Do not stop or change the dose without consulting your doctor.
- You should not share this to others even if they have the same condition as yours.