Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)
What is Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) used for?
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) is an oral angiotensin II receptor agonist prescribed to treat patients suffering from hypertension or heart failure. The medication operates by preventing the narrowing of blood vessels in the body. This action allows easier blood flow to reduce blood pressure and the amount of work required by the heart to circulate the blood. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
Always use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one or two daily administrations of one tablet, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water. They may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal or snack is suggested prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not chew, split, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil)?
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are faintness, severe headaches, chest pain, unusual swelling, high potassium levels, or urinary retention. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms that worry you to make sure the necessary changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children under the age of six, who have primary hyperaldosteronism, or who have cholestasis. Also inform your doctor of any other chronic health conditions you have to ensure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen. It is not recommended to drive or operate machinery after taking this medication as it may cause drowsiness.
Strictly use Atacand (Candesartan Cilexetil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Atacand may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.