Atacand

(candesartan)

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Lowers blood pressure.

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Atacand (candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects your kidneys and has few side effects.

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Quick facts about Atacand
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (candesartan)

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Atacand
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (candesartan)

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What to expect when you take Atacand (candesartan) for High blood pressure

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  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Kidney problems
  • High potassium levels
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Side effect rates for Atacand (candesartan)

From 3377 clinical trials of Atacand when taken for high blood pressure
  • Upper respiratory infection
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sore throat
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Runny nose
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Atacand.

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Risks and Warnings for Atacand (candesartan)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Infants less than one year old

    Atacand (candesartan) can cause birth defects. If you become pregnant, stop taking Atacand (candesartan) right away and talk to your doctor. It can hurt the development of kidneys in infants less than 1 year of age. Do not use Atacand (candesartan) in infants.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Atacand (candesartan) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats heart failure in adults with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction ≤ 40%).

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats heart failure in adults with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction ≤ 40%).

Common concerns from people taking Atacand (candesartan)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Atacand
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Kidneys and liver
  • 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.