What is Atacand?Atacand is a medication known as an angiotensin receptor blocker used to treat high blood pressure, as well as heart failure.
What is the most important information I should know about Atacand?Atacand should not be taken during pregnancy; it may cause severe birth defects or death to your unborn baby.
Symptoms of abnormally low blood pressure, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, feeling faint, or weakness, which can be severe, may occur if you take Atacand and are dehydrated or have low levels of salt in the blood.
Atacand can also cause an increase in potassium levels in your blood, especially in heart failure patients. Your doctor will monitor your potassium levels periodically and when increasing your dose.
Who should not take Atacand?Do not take Atacand if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Atacand?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Atacand. Specifically tell your doctor if you are taking any other blood pressure medications, especially diuretics. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 16 milligrams (mg) once a day. Atacand can be given once or twice daily, with a total dose ranging from 8-32 mg.
Children 1-<17 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you.
Adults: The usual dose is 4 mg a day, with a target dose of 32 mg a day, which is achieved by doubling the dose at approximately 2-week intervals, as tolerated.
How should I take Atacand?Atacand can be taken with or without food. If this drug does not lower your blood pressure adequately, it can be given with a diuretic (water pill), or other medications.
What should I avoid while taking Atacand?Avoid becoming pregnant while being treated with Atacand, as this can cause severe harm to your unborn baby.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Atacand?If Atacand is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Atacand with lithium.
Taking Atacand with other blood pressure medications, especially diuretics, may cause severe low blood pressure.
What are the possible side effects of Atacand?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: back pain, cold symptoms, dizziness, runny/stuffy nose, sore throat
Can I receive Atacand if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Atacand should not be taken if you are pregnant, as it may cause severe birth defects. It has not yet been established whether or not Atacand passes into breast milk. Speak with your doctor before breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Atacand?Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Atacand?Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
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