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Candesartan works by keeping blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow to the heart and other organs. Atacand is used in adults with high blood pressure (hypertension) and children who are older than one year old. By keeping the blood vessels open, Atacand lowers your risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications. This drug can also be used for those with certain types of heart failure to reduce further damage to the heart.
Atacand is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist. The angiotensin II chemical constricts blood vessels, so candesartan blocks the action of this chemical and relaxes the blood vessels instead. This relaxation causes blood pressure to decrease and results are seen around two weeks after you start seeing the medication.
Always take Atacand exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is important that you follow all the directions on the prescription label.
While taking Atacand, you may feel dizzy when getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position. Do not use potassium or salt substitutions, unless your doctor says you can. Do not use Atacand if you are pregnant and stop taking this drug if you become pregnant. This drug can cause harm to unborn babies if taken during the second or third trimester. Do not breastfeed while on Atacand.
Tell your doctor if:
Common side effects of Atacand include but are not limited to:
More severe side effects can include:
What happens if I miss a dose of Atacand?
Take the medication as soon as you can, but skip the dose if it is close to the time of your next dose. Seek emergency medical attention if you overdose on this medication.
Should I tell other medical professionals I’m taking Atacand?
If you plan to have surgery, even dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist if you are taking Atacand. Be sure to keep all doctor’s appointments so that your blood pressure progress can be checked.