What is Atacand HCT?Atacand HCT is used to lower high blood pressure in adults. Atacand HCT contains two medicines in one tablet: candasartan (Atacand), an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), and hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic (water pill).
What is the most important information I should know about Atacand HCT?Atacand HCT should not be taken during pregnancy; it may cause severe birth defects or death to your unborn baby..
Your blood pressure should be checked before and during Atacand HCT therapy. Atacand HCT may make your blood pressure too low, especially during the first days of use. If you faint, stop taking Atacand HCT until you talk to your doctor.
Who should not take Atacand HCT?Do not take Atacand HCT if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or to medicines that contain sulfonamides.
Do not take Atacand HCT if you are pregnant. If you get pregnant, stop taking Atacand HCT and call your doctor right away.
Do not take Atacand HCT if you have trouble urinating (because of kidney problems).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Atacand HCT?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Atacand HCT. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, including history of liver disease, kidney problems, systemic lupus erythematosus (disease that affects the immune system), if you are on lithium, 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 starting dose of Atacand HCT is one 16/12.5-milligram (mg) tablet once daily.
It will take 2-4 weeks for Atacand HCT to reach its maximum effectiveness. If your blood pressure does not respond to the initial dosage, your doctor may increase the dose to a higher strength tablet.
How should I take Atacand HCT?Atacand HCT can be taken with or without food. If this medication does not improve your condition, it can be given with other blood pressure-lowering medications.
What should I avoid while taking Atacand HCT?Avoid becoming dehydrated while taking Atacand HCT. Inadequate fluid intake or loss of fluids may result in low blood pressure, leading to lightheadedness or fainting. Seek medical attention if symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions or electrolyte imbalance (such as dry mouth, thirst, weakness, fatigue) occur.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Atacand HCT?If Atacand HCT 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 HCT with the following: alcohol, antidiabetic drugs, barbiturates, cholestyramine, colestipol, corticosteroids, lithium, narcotics, muscle relaxants such as tubocurarine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), norepinephrine, and other blood pressure medications.
What are the possible side effects of Atacand HCT?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: dizziness, electrolyte imbalances, headache, flu symptoms, upper respiratory infection
Can I receive Atacand HCT if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?If you become pregnant while taking Atacand HCT, stop taking it and call your doctor right away. Atacand HCT can harm an unborn baby, causing injury and even death. If you plan to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about other treatment options before taking Atacand HCT.
Atacand HCT appears in breast milk and can affect the nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding while you are taking Atacand HCT.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Atacand HCT?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Atacand HCT?Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
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