Atacand is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure. It contains the active ingredient candesartan and belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). It works by relaxing blood vessels to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Atacand may be used alone or in combination with other medications.
Uses and Dosage
Atacand is a medication that usually comes in tablet form and can be taken orally with or without food as directed by your doctor. The typical dosing varies based on your medical condition and response to treatment, and in children, it is also based on weight.
Take Atacand regularly to get the maximum benefit from the medication, and to take it at the same time(s) every day to help you remember. Even if you begin to feel well, keep taking this medication as prescribed by your doctor. For high blood pressure patients, it may take up to six weeks to experience the full benefits of this drug.
- For Adults with High blood pressure: The typical starting dose is to take 16 mg by mouth once daily. The typical maintenance dose ranges from 8 mg to 32 mg daily total, either taken once daily or split into smaller doses and taken twice daily.
- Children (age 6 to 17 years old): The typical starting dose ranges from 4 mg to 16 mg by mouth once daily, depending on your body weight. Your provider will adjust your dose based on how well this medication lowers your blood pressure. The typical maintenance dose ranges from 2 mg to 32 mg daily total, either taken once daily or split into smaller doses and taken twice daily.
- Children (age 1 to less than 6 years old): Your child’s provider will determine the dose for your child based on their body weight. The typical dose ranges from 0.05 to 0.4 mg/kg by mouth daily.
- For Adults Heart Failure: The typical starting dose is 4 mg by mouth once daily. Your provider will slowly raise your dose over time. The typical recommended maintenance dose is 32 mg once daily.
Common Side Effects of Atacand (Candesartan):
Serious Side Effects of Atacand (Candesartan):
- Chest pain
- Fast or slow heartbeats
- Feeling tired
- Irregular heartbeats
- Little or no urination
- Loss of movements
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in your feet or ankles
- Tingly feeling
- Unusual muscle pain or weakness
Form and strength
Atacand (Candesartan) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 4 mg
- 8 mg
- 16 mg
- 32 mg
- 4 mg
- 8 mg
- 16 mg
- 32 mg
- Atacand should not be used during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters, as it can harm the unborn baby. It is also not recommended for breastfeeding women.
- Atacand is not recommended for use by children younger than 1 year old. The safety and effectiveness of the medication in children aged 1 year and older have not been established.
- Alcohol can increase blood pressure and reduce the effectiveness of Atacand, avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication.
- If you experience any side effects while taking Atacand, talk to your doctor right away. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend adjusting your dosage or switching to a different medication.
- Stopping Atacand abruptly can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure, leading to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. If you need to stop taking Atacand, your doctor will work with you to gradually decrease your dosage over time.
- Do not use Atacand if you are allergic to Candesartan or any other component of the medication.
- Atacand may interact with other medications you are taking, so make sure your doctor is aware of all medications you are taking before starting Atacand. This includes over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements.
- If you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or feel faint, avoid driving or operating machinery until you feel better.
- If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Atacand, contact your doctor right away.
- Atacand may not be suitable for people with kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, or dehydration, among other conditions. Your doctor will evaluate your health status and determine if Atacand is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Atacand cause weight gain?
Weight gain may occur as a side effect of some medications, but there is no evidence to suggest that Atacand specifically causes weight gain.
How long does Atacand take to work?
Atacand typically takes 2-4 weeks to reduce blood pressure effectively. Your doctor may adjust your dosage during this time to achieve optimal results.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Atacand?
If you miss a dose of Atacand, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How should I store Atacand?
Atacand should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and moisture, and out of reach of children. It should not be stored in the bathroom.