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(candesartan)

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Compare Atacand (candesartan) to alternatives

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 your kidneys and has few side effects.Lowers blood pressure. Benicar (olmesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys, 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 your kidneys and has few side effects.
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Have you used Atacand (candesartan)?
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Reviews for Benicar
65%
+35% better vs. Atacand
63%
+37% better vs. Atacand
12%
+12% better vs. Atacand
118 reviews
Have you used Benicar (olmesartan)?
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Reviews for Losartan
57%
+43% better vs. Atacand
48%
+52% better vs. Atacand
16%
+16% better vs. Atacand
535 reviews
Have you used Cozaar (losartan)?
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Reviews for Diovan
65%
+35% better vs. Atacand
54%
+46% better vs. Atacand
15%
+15% better vs. Atacand
431 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Runny nose 1%
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  • Dizziness 2%
More Benicar side effects »
  • Upper respiratory infection 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Nasal congestion 1%
  • Urinary tract infection 6%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Asthenia/Fatigue 4%
  • Anemia 3%
  • Hypoglycemia 4%
  • Back pain 2%
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  • Cough 1%
  • Viral infection 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Hypotension 5%
  • Diarrhoea 1%
  • Arthralgia 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Dizziness, postural 1%
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  • Common cold 1%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Diarrhea 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.Benicar (olmesartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It lowers blood pressure by blocking a chemical that tightens the blood vessels. This 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). 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
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Women of childbearing age
  • Infants less than one year old
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
Detailed Atacand (candesartan) risks & warnings »
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of kidney problems
  • African descent
  • Current kidney problems
  • Using medicines that increase potassium
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
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.

Kidneys and liver
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  • 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.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Atacand (candesartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
  • Benicar (olmesartan) can hurt your kidneys. If you already have some degree of kidney damage, Benicar (olmesartan) could make it worse. It's important to get blood work done to check your kidney function before starting Benicar (olmesartan) and at least once a year while you're still taking it.
  • Requires regular 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.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) can change the way your kidneys work. It's important to get blood tests done before you start Micardis (telmisartan) to check how your kidneys are working and at least annually after.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Micardis (telmisartan) can affect your kidneys and potassium levels.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Weight
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Available by itself and in combination with different blood pressure medicines in a single pill.
  • 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.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • It's similar to ACE inhibitors (like lisinopril), but it doesn't cause the same side effects like coughing.
  • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
Downsides and risks
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
  • 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.
  • Requires regular blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Recently became a generic, though still relatively expensive.
  • 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.
  • You'll need to get regular blood tests while taking Micardis (telmisartan) to see how it is affecting your body.
  • It's not safe to use Micardis (telmisartan) if you're pregnant.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) 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.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) is eliminated by the liver, so people who have liver problems should use it carefully.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AtacandBenicarLosartanDiovanMicardis
  • 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.
  • 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 regular 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.
  • Micardis (telmisartan) can make you feel a little dizzy for the first few days.
  • You'll need to have blood tests done regularly since Micardis (telmisartan) 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 Micardis (telmisartan) if you're pregnant.
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