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Atacand (Generic Candesartan)

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WARNING

If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, let your doctor know. If you are pregnant, avoid using candesartan. If you become pregnant while using candesartan, notify your doctor right away and stop taking the medication. When used in the final six months of pregnancy, candesartan may result in the fetus’s death or severe damage.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Candesartan is used to treat high blood pressure either alone or in combination with other drugs. Congestive heart failure is also treated with candesartan, either by itself or in conjunction with other drugs (a condition when your heart can not pump enough blood to the other parts of the body). A group of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists includes candesartan. It functions by preventing the tightening of blood arteries caused by several natural chemicals, allowing blood to flow more freely and the heart to pump more effectively.

High blood pressure is a common illness that, if left untreated, can harm the kidneys, brain, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, renal failure, eyesight loss, and other issues may result from damage to these organs. Making lifestyle modifications will help you control your blood pressure in addition to taking medication. These adjustments include quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a diet low in fat and salt, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.

How should this medicine be used?

An oral pill is available for candesartan. With or without food, it is often taken once or twice day. Take candesartan at about the same time(s) every day to make it easier for you to remember to take it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the candesartan directions precisely. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

A modest dose of candesartan will likely be prescribed by your doctor, who will then likely progressively raise it not more frequently than once every two weeks.

Although it doesn’t treat high blood pressure, candesartan manages it. Although your blood pressure may drop during the first two weeks of treatment, it could take up to six weeks before you get candesartan’s full benefits. Even if you feel good, keep taking candesartan. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking candesartan.

Other uses for this medicine

Additionally, diabetic nephropathy is occasionally treated with candesartan (kidney disease in people with diabetes and high blood pressure). The dangers of using this drug for your illness should be discussed with your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking candesartan,

  • If you have an allergy to candesartan, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in candesartan tablets, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • If you are taking aliskiren and have diabetes (high blood sugar), let your doctor know (Tekturna, in Amturnide, Tekamlo, Tekturna HCT). If you have diabetes and are also on aliskiren, your doctor will likely advise against taking candesartan.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are now taking or intend to take. Any of the following should be mentioned: benazepril, captopril, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, accupril, acccuretic, quinaretic, ramipril, altace, and trandolapril are examples of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Enalapril and Vasotec are another example. Aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), spironolactone (Aldactone, in Aldactazide), lithium (Lithobid), diabetes medications, other high blood pressure medications, potassium supplements, and diuretics (‘water pills’). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have or have had had heart, renal, or liver disease, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are nursing a child.
  • You should let your doctor or dentist know if you are taking candesartan if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that when you stand up too rapidly from a laying position, candesartan may produce dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting. When you initially start taking candesartan, this happens more frequently. Get out of bed gradually and rest your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up to help prevent this issue.
  • You should be aware that blood pressure might drop as a result of diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, excessive perspiration, and not drinking enough water, which can result in dizziness and fainting. If you have any of these issues or if any emerge while you are receiving treatment, let your doctor know.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Without consulting your doctor, avoid using potassium-containing salt alternatives. If your doctor advises a low-salt or low-sodium diet, strictly follow the instructions.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

There may be negative effects from candesartan. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Unwell throat

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you encounter any of these signs or any of the ones in the “SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS” section:

  • Swelling of the lower legs, hands, feet, ankles, or face, neck, tongue, lips, eyes, or mouth
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Less urinations

Other negative effects of candesartan are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

Overdose signs could include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • A quick or slow heartbeat

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. You should have your blood pressure monitored frequently to see how candesartan is impacting you.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Atacand®
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