Compare Atacand vs. Avapro

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Atacand
(candesartan)

Avapro
(irbesartan)

Lowers blood pressure. Atacand (candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 30 (32mg) tablets of candesartan
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Best available price for 30 (300mg) tablets of irbesartan
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Reviews for Atacand (candesartan)
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Side effects
AtacandAvapro
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Runny nose 1%
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How it works
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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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AtacandAvapro
Prescription only
Available as
AtacandAvapro
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
AtacandAvapro
  • Diabetic Nephropathy Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtacandAvapro
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
Detailed Atacand (candesartan) risks & warnings »
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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
    AtacandAvapro
    • 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.
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    Pain
    AtacandAvapro
    • 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.
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    Upsides and benefits
    AtacandAvapro
    • 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.
    • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    AtacandAvapro
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AtacandAvapro
    • 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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