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Coming Off Atacand
ARB: This is a medication in a class of blood pressure medications called angiotensin ii receptor blockers (arbs). They work by blunting the effect of the molecule angiotensin ii which is in part responsible for causing blood vessels to contract and thus raising blood pressure. By blocking this molecule the blood vessels dilate and blood pressure goes down. ...Read more
This is a medication in a class of blood pressure medications called angiotensin ii receptor blockers (arbs). They work by blunting the effect of the molecule angiotensin ii which is in part responsible for causing blood vessels to contract and thus raising blood pressure. By blocking this molecule the blood vessels dilate and ...Read more
A good medicine: Atacand (candesartan) belongs to the class called angiotensin-receptor-blocker, works by dilating blood vessels, including those in the kidneys. This is a good/safe BP med, often used in folks with diabetes. Typically lowers 10-15 points of BP measurement. It is also available as combined med with a diuretic--atacand-hctz. Consult doc if you have problem/side effects. Good luck. ...Read more
This is an: Angiotensin receptor blocking agent.Get a more detailed answer ›
Won't feel good: You'll become very ill and feel very poorly. If you're depressed, please, please, please seek counseling. Suicide is a permanent solution to a short term problem. There are ALWAYS alternative solutions but may require outside assistance to see all of your options. If you're feeling hopeless, try to remember times when you were happy - it can happen again. Life is far too precious to squander. ...Read more
Overdosing: Probably nothing to worry about. If you are very dizzy you should probably take it easy for the rest of the day. ...Read more
Maximum dosage 32 mg: The maximum dosage of adacand is 32mg, so you cannot take anymore, you should see your doctor asap to get your BP controlled. Your doctor may need to add another medication or change your medication. ...Read more
Generic vs brand: Propranolol is a generic beta blocker that lowers blood pressure & heart rate. If you're physically active, it may not be best drug unless you have palpitations or racing heart. Atacand is a brand of candesartan (http://www. Drugs. Com/atacand. Html) which is an ARB which lowers BP & protects both kidneys & heart, useful in diabetes & heart failure. Generics are typically less expensive than brand ...Read more
You mean dilatrate?: Dilatrate belongs to a class: calcium-chanel-blocker. By itself, it does not interact with Atacand (candesartan) and thus they can be used together to treat high blood pressure. Since they both lower bp, combo use may lower too much and cause hypotension/orthostatic hypotension etc. But otherwise they are safe together. If u have side effects/problems, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Not critical: The serum level of the medication in your body will fall off and there may be a decrease in the effect however you should simply resume the medication on the recommended schedule and the levels will come back up. No need to double up on the dose. ...Read more
Yes: If they're indicated, they're safe to use together. ...Read more
Atacand (candesartan): Usually you do not wean off by meds, most can be simply changed to another med that is better tolerated. If you are stopping it because you have altered your lifestyle and your BP is better then you can stop it. ...Read more
What can be done about osteoporosis of the lower spice I am having a reaction to atacand (candesartan)?
Not from atacand (candesartan): Atacand does not cause bone loss. Osteoporosis can be caused by other medicines (prednisone, anti-seizure meds, possibly antacids). Treatment typically includes calcium, vitamin d, weight-bearing exercise, and a prescription of 1 of 3 types of drugs: bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), Prolia or forteo. Ask your doctor what you should do. ...Read more
What happens if I miss taking atacand (candesartan) in the evening can I take double dosage the next day, one am and one pm?
No: If you miss a dose, just get back on your normal schedule. ...Read more
Not much: They are manufactured by different companies. However, they both are the same in terms of mechanism of action. They are both angiotensin receptor blocker, and are effective for blood pressure treatment. You may have to check which medicine is covered under your insurance formulary. ...Read more
No: Atacand by itself is an angiotensin receptor blocker, or arb, which is a vasodilator, not a diuretic. It is possible your Atacand is a combination pill, which includes a diuretic. This would typically be called atacand/hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). The hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) portion is a diuretic. ...Read more
2nd ingredient: HCT stands for "hydrocholorthiazide", a second ingredient added to make Atacand (candesartan) more effective. ...Read more
What number of milligrams of toprol (metoprolol) would I have to take to equal 12.5 mg of atacand?
See answer: There's no standard version between these two different medications as they are in different groups and have different mechanisms of action however since that is a low dose of Atacand (candesartan) I would start off with the lowest possible dose of metoprolol if the target is achieving blood pressure control with up titration as needed. ...Read more
Should not need both: The drugs work on parallel pathways but different mechanisms. You should not be on both drugs for most conditions except in specific instances such as if your doctor is a renal specialist. The risk is that the two drugs t higher doses can compromise kidney function or raise potassium levels dangerously. ...Read more