Atacand treats high blood pressure. It may also be used to treat heart failure in certain patients and for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
However, your doctor may also prescribe the drug for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Atacand:
The ideal way to use the drug is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Preferably, the Drug should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
Use Atacand as directed by your doctor.
Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.Take Atacand by mouth with or without food.
Continue to take Atacand even if you feel well.
Do not miss any doses.
You must not stop taking the drug without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism:
Atacand is an angiotensin II receptor blocker.
It works by helping to relax blood vessels. This helps to lower blood pressure.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking the drug to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly. If you miss a dose of Atacand , take it as soon as possible.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Storage:Store at the room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
Avoid storing the drug in the bathroom.
Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Consult your doctor before using the drug if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Atacand if:you are allergic to any ingredient in Atacand;you are pregnant.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Your blood pressure should be lower within 2 weeks. It may take 4 to 6 weeks for Atacand to produce its maximum effect.
Patients who take medicine for high blood pressure often feel tired or run down for a few weeks after starting treatment.
Be sure to take your medicine even if you may not feel "normal." Tell your doctor if you develop any new symptoms.
Lifestyle changes (eg, not smoking, weight loss, exercise, a low-salt diet) may also help to lower blood pressure.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Atacand before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
Lab tests, including blood pressure monitoring, may be performed while you use Atacand.
These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Use Atacand with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially kidney problems, low blood pressure, or high blood potassium levels.
Atacand should be used with extreme caution in children; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not take Atacand after the third month of pregnancy.
It may cause injury or death to the fetus.
Stop taking Atacand as soon as possible if you become pregnant. It is not known if Atacand is found in breast milk.
Do not breast-feed while taking Atacand .