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These medications are comparable to Atacand (Candesartan) or used for similar purposes.

Atacand
(Candesartan)

Benicar
(Olmesartan)

Cozaar
(Losartan)

Diovan
(Valsartan)

Micardis
(Telmisartan)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Benicar (Olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Diovan (Valsartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.
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Have you used Atacand (Candesartan)?
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Reviews for Benicar (Olmesartan)
66%
34% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
63%
37% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
13%
13% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
109 reviews
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Reviews for Cozaar (Losartan)
57%
43% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
47%
53% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
16%
16% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
524 reviews
Have you used Cozaar (Losartan)?
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Reviews for Diovan (Valsartan)
65%
35% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
54%
46% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
15%
15% vs. Atacand (Candesartan)
427 reviews
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Side effects
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis

We haven’t found good data for Atacand side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Atacand »
  • Dizziness 2%
More Benicar side effects »
  • Urinary tract infection 6%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Low blood sugar 4%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Muscle weakness/fatiguea/fatigue 4%
  • Hyperkalemia 4%
  • Chest pain 4%
  • Low red blood cells 3%
  • Muscular weakness 3%
  • Orthostatic hypotension 3%
More Losartan side effects »
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low blood pressure 5%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • High blood potassium 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Positional low blood pressuren, postural 1%
  • Cough 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
More Diovan side effects »

We haven’t found good data for Micardis side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Micardis »
How it works
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
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.Benicar (Olmesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Cozaar (Losartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Diovan (Valsartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Micardis (Telmisartan) 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
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
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Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
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Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
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Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Angiotensin receptor blocker
Prescription only
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Risk factors for serious side effects
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
  • 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 »
    • African descent
    • Current kidney problems
    • Medicine that increase potassium
    • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Benicar (Olmesartan) risks & warnings »
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Concurrent liver disease
      • Current kidney problems
      • Medicine that increase potassium
      • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Cozaar (Losartan) risks & warnings »
      • Women of childbearing age
      • African descent
      • Current kidney problems
      • Medicine that increase potassium
      • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Diovan (Valsartan) risks & warnings »
      • Women of childbearing age
      • History of kidney problems
      • African descent
      • Current kidney problems
      • Medicine that increase potassium
      • Use of salt substitute
      Detailed Micardis (Telmisartan) risks & warnings »
      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.

      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.

      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
      AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
      • 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.
      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • 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.
      Weight
      AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
      No weight related info.
      • Benicar (Olmesartan) has been reported to cause severe diarrhea and weight loss unexplained by other causes. Stay hydrated and notify your doctor if you continue to have more than 3-4 loose stools a day.
      No weight related info.No weight related info.No weight related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
      • 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.
      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
      • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer 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 anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
      • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer 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 anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
      • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
      • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
      • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer 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 anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
      • 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.
      Downsides and risks
      AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
      • 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.
      • Not available in less expensive generic form.
      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
      • 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.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
      • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
      • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
      • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
      • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
      • Don't take it if you're 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.
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      More about LosartanSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
      Have you used Cozaar (Losartan)?
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      More about DiovanSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
      Have you used Diovan (Valsartan)?
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      More about MicardisSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
      Have you used Micardis (Telmisartan)?
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