Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)
What is Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) used for?
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) is an oral angiotensin II receptor antagonist prescribed to treat heart failure or high blood pressure. The medication operates by preventing the narrowing of blood vessels allowing easier circulation and reducing the amount of work required by the heart. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
Always use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) according to your physician's directions to get the most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken daily, but your individual instructions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole and unaltered with a large glass of water. They may be taken with or without food but a meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Never crush or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
Side effects that may occur while using Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) include:
More serious side effects that may require medical assistance are faintness, chest pain, unusual swelling, urinary retention, or high potassium levels. Stop using the medication and immediately contact your physician if you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen or application frequency to prevent further complications from appearing.
Do not use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, if the patient is under the age of eighteen, if you have cholestasis, or if you have severely decreased liver function. You are also suggested to disclose if you have aortic stenosis, severe heart failure, cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, renal artery stenosis, decreased fluid volume, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.