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Atacand
(Candesartan)

Avapro
(Irbesartan)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
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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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AtacandAvapro
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
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Available as
AtacandAvapro
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
AtacandAvapro
  • Diabetic nephropathy Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtacandAvapro
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Medicine that increase potassium
  • Use of salt substitute
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Pregnancy category
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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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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
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
AtacandAvapro
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Works similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but doesn't have the same side effects like cough and swelling.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Recommended for people with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
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Downsides and risks
AtacandAvapro
  • 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.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AtacandAvapro
  • 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.
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