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 kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.
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Side effects
AltaceAtacand
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Cough 5%
  • Cough increased 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Fainting 1%
  • Positional low blood pressure 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Vomiting 1%
  • Vertigo 1%
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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). 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.
Type of medication
AltaceAtacand
Antihypertensive
ACE inhibitor
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Available as
AltaceAtacand
  • Pill
  • Pill
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
  • Use of salt substitute
  • History of kidney problems
Detailed Altace (Ramipril) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
Detailed Atacand (Candesartan) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
AltaceAtacand
DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
  • Altace (Ramipril) has a risk of making your kidneys not work as well. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Altace (Ramipril) and at least yearly after.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Atacand (Candesartan) has a risk of making your kidneys not work as well. It is important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Atacand (Candesartan) and at least annually after.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
AltaceAtacand
  • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
  • 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.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but doesn't have the same side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • 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.
  • Not always covered by insurance, so it can be expensive.
  • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AltaceAtacand
  • 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.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
  • Get your blood pressure, potassium, and kidney function checked 1 week after starting the medicine, then routinely after.
  • Tell your doctor about any dizziness or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
  • Get immediate medical help if you notice any swelling, especially around your head and neck.
  • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
  • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
  • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
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