Compare Altace vs. Atacand

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Altace
(Ramipril)

Atacand
(Candesartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Altace (Ramipril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function. Easy to use if you can't swallow whole capsules.Lowers blood pressure. Atacand (Candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
AltaceAtacand
Altace (Ramipril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. By blocking a chemical that usually tightens blood vessels, it makes blood vessels relax. This lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Atacand (Candesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes blood vessels by blocking a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers your blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.
Type of medication
AltaceAtacand
Antihypertensive
ACE inhibitor
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
AltaceAtacand
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Used for (click to learn more)
AltaceAtacand
Risk factors for serious side effects
AltaceAtacand
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of ACE inhibitor induced cough
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
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  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
AltaceAtacand
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check how your kidneys are working.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Atacand (Candesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have some degree of kidney damage, Atacand (Candesartan) could make it worse. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Atacand (Candesartan), and at least once a year while you're still on it.
Pain
AltaceAtacand
No pain related info.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have some degree of kidney damage, Atacand (Candesartan) could make it worse. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Atacand (Candesartan), and at least once a year while you're still on it.
Upsides and benefits
AltaceAtacand
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • The only ACE inhibitor that comes in a capsule that you can sprinkle in applesauce or water.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't have the same side effects like coughing and facial swelling.
  • It's recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Can be used in children older than 12 months.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Downsides and risks
AltaceAtacand
  • Up to 1 and 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • You'll need to get yearly blood tests while taking Atacand (Candesartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Atacand (Candesartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) can cause the level of potassium in your blood to go up.
  • You'll need to get medical help if you notice any unusual swelling around your head and neck.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AltaceAtacand
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Check your blood pressure one week after starting this medication, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check how your kidneys are working.
  • Don't take if you are pregnant.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) can make you feel a little dizzy for the first few days.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Atacand (Candesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Don't eat a lot of foods that are high in potassium or use salt substitutes that contain potassium.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away after the first few days.
  • Don't take Atacand (Candesartan) if you're pregnant.
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