Atacand HCT (Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide)

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What is Atacand HCT (Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) prescribed for?

Atacand HTC is a combination of Candesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide, and it is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, which can then increase the chances of  heart and kidney failure and stroke.  Lowering the blood pressure reduces of the risk of heart and kidney failure and stroke.

 

How does Atacand HCT (Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide) work?

Candesartan works by blocking the action of a substance in the body that causes the blood vessels to tighten. Candesartan relaxes the blood vessels and this in turn lowers the blood pressure and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.

Hydrochlorothiazide reduces the amount of water in the body by increasing the flow of urine, which also helps lower the blood pressure.

This medication is taken orally, with our without food.

This medication should not be the first medicine you use to treat your condition. It is meant to be used only after you have tried other medications that have failed to work for you.

In addition to this medicine, treatment for high blood pressure may involve weight control and changes in your diet, especially if you are digesting a lot of foods high in sodium. Speak with your doctor and plan a diet that is right for you.

In order to gain the most amount of benefits from this medication, take it daily, or as directed by your doctor.

Before taking candesartan and Hydrochlorothiazide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, high blood levels of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia), loss of too much body water and/or minerals (dehydration).

Too much sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting may cause you to feel lightheaded. Report prolonged diarrhea or vomiting to your doctor.

This product may increase your potassium levels. Before using potassium supplements or salt substitutes that contain potassium, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Runny nose or sore throat may also occur. If any of these effects persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fainting, symptoms of a high potassium blood level (such as muscle weakness, slow/irregular heartbeat), Abnormal hepatic function, Cough, cramping, constipation, gastric irritation,

Although candesartan may be used to prevent kidney problems or treat people who have kidney problems, it may also rarely cause serious kidney problems or make them worse. Your doctor will check your kidney function while you are taking candesartan. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of kidney problems such as a change in the amount of urine.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Keep in mind these are not all the side effects, if you experience anything abnormal, contact your doctor.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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