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Atacand (Generic)
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Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.

Atacand Atacand

Generic Atacand (candesartan) is an oral medication that is made to help reduce high blood pressure (hypertension). Improve, control, and maintain healthy blood pressure with the help of Generic Atacand.

Generic Atacand may also be marketed as: Atacand, Candesartan.

*Atacand® is manufactured by AstraZeneca.

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Uses

Generic Atacand (candesartan) is classified as an angiotensin II receptor antagonist medication. Generic Atacand lowers blood pressure and maintains healthy blood flow by impending the narrowing of blood vessels so that blood can pass through smoothly. Generic Atacand is often prescribed in combination with other blood pressure medications to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure). Generic Atacand may also be used to treat certain cases of kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

How to take

Generic Atacand may be taken with or without food. Contact your doctor for the precise instructions that apply to you. Generic Atacand may take between 2 - 4 weeks before results are seen.

Consult your doctor if symptoms of your hypertension do not improve within 4 weeks of use. Dosage of this medication may change during treatment depending on the severity of your condition and the progression of your illness.

Inform your doctor and surgeon that you are taking Generic Atacand before you go in for any surgical procedure or medical test. Do not stop taking this medication without first speaking to your doctor, as suddenly halting treatment may worsen your condition.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Atacand: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Atacand can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • chest pain;
  • swelling in your hands or feet; or
  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, tingly feeling.

Common Generic Atacand side effects may include:

  • runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough;
  • back pain;
  • joint pain;
  • stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • headache, dizziness; or
  • tired feeling.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precaution

Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.

Before taking Generic Atacand, consult your doctor if you have a history of any of the following medical conditions:
congestive heart failure, kidney disease, liver problems, electrolyte imbalance, or dehydration.

Do not take Generic Atacand if you are pregnant. Immediately contact your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is advised to take effective birth control while taking this medication.

Drug interactions

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Atacand, especially:

  • a diuretic or"water pill";
  • lithium; or
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)--ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, indomethacin, meloxicam, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Atacand, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Missed dose

Do not take more than your recommended dosage. Take missed doses as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next treatment.

Storage

Keep Generic Atacand in a cool, dry place away from heat and moisture. Dispose of any unused medication past the point of expiry. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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