Atacand Plus

Atacand Plus

Atacand Plus is a medication designed to lower blood pressure, which contains the active ingredient Candesartan. This drug belongs to a class of medications called an angiotensin receptor 2 blocker. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Atacand Plus is a medication with the active ingredient Candesartan that is used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. The treatment of high blood pressure can help to prevent heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems, and other serious health issues.  

What is Atacand Plus? 

Atacand Plus is a medication designed to lower blood pressure, which contains the active ingredient Candesartan. This drug belongs to a class of medications called an angiotensin receptor 2 blocker. Other medications in this group include valsartan. Within Atacand Plus, you'll find two blood-pressure reducing substances. The first is hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic. The second ingredient is candersartan cilexetil, which is a kind of angiotensin inhibitor. Angiotensin is a substance within the human body associated with the action of ACE, or angiotensin converting enzymes. These powerful chemicals attaches to the receptors found within various tissues within the body, including the smooth cells surrounding blood vessels. When angiotensin attaches to these receptors, it causes the muscles to contract, and the blood vessels begin to narrow, causing blood pressure to spike. By fighting against this action, Atacand Plus can bring your blood pressure back to. 

When is Atacand Plus used? 

Atacand Plus is an approved treatment for high blood pressure and hypertension. It is not recommended for children. By reducing the issues associated with high blood pressure, Atacand Plus can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other complications. In some cases, Atacand Plus may also be used in adults who have already suffered from heart failure. The medication can reduce serious complications caused by heart damage. Atacand Plus relaxes the blood vessels within the body and helps you to get better control over your blood pressure. Additionally, thanks to the diuretic in the medication, it also helps your kidneys to excrete more salts and fluids. The medications combined in Atacand Plus are generally recommended for patients who might not be getting results with a single blood pressure medication.  

How do you use Atacand Plus? 

With any medication, it is important to follow the instructions provided by the patient leaflet or given to you by your doctor. Before you begin taking this medication, make sure that you ask your doctor any questions you might have about the substance.  

Atacand Plus is a tablet medication intended to be taken orally with or without food. Usually, you will take one tablet a day, often four hours before your bedtime. This is because Atacand Plus can increase your need to urinate. Taking it too close to your scheduled bedtime can disrupt your sleeping patterns. You will need to use this medication regularly every day to get the most benefit out of it. Most doctors will recommend taking Atacand Plus at the same time each day to help you remember your dose. Continue to take this medication even if you feel as though your condition has improved. It may take up to four weeks for this drug to get into your system properly. If you are taking Atacand Plus alongside medications intended to lower your cholesterol, then you should take this drug at least four to six hours before or after taking bile acid-binding resins. Tell your doctor if your condition doesn't improve or worsens after four weeks.  

What dosages are available? 

Your doctor will choose the dosage of Atacand Plus that is right for you depending on the nature of your condition and your medical background. Unless your doctor suggests otherwise, the most common dosage is one tablet a day, often in a specific strength chosen based on your condition. A doctor may decide to start you on a lower dose of Atacand Plus and increase the dosage over the time according to your reaction to the medication. If you miss a dose of Atacand Plus, do not double up to replace the missing medication.  

What are the side effects of Atacand Plus? 

All medications can sometimes feature negative side effects. Some of these issues will disappear on their own over time. However, if you notice any symptoms that worry you, or you find that your side effects worsen or don't go away, speak to your doctor.  

The most common side effects associated with Atacand Plus include back pain, cold or flu-like symptoms, like sneezing, coughing, or a runny nose, and a fever. Other common issues might include dizziness, nasal congestion, sore throat, and a general feeling of being unwell. There's a slight risk that you may be more likely to get respiratory infections when using Atacand Plus. There are some more serious side effects associated with Atacand Plus. If you notice these conditions, it's important to contact an emergency health professional as quickly as possible. More severe side effects include: 

  • Low blood pressure presenting with symptoms of dizziness, tiredness, or light-headedness 
  • Worsening issues with your kidneys, presenting with symptoms like tiredness, shortness of breath, or inability to urinate 
  • Increased potassium in the blood presenting with symptoms like feeling ill, muscle weakness, or rhythm changes in your heart. 

In some cases, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to Atacand Plus. Make sure that you watch out for signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling in the tongue, lips, and throat. You may also experience other side effects that are not listed in this guide. Find a full overview of side effects in the package leaflet for your medication.  

When shouldn't you use Atacand Plus? 

Atacand Plus will not be suitable for all patients. It is important to avoid taking this medication if you have any allergies to the substances of candesartan or hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any other allergies that you may have. This product may contain other active ingredients. Before you use this medication, provide your doctor with a complete medical history, so that they can make an informed decision about your treatment. Make sure that you mention any history of kidney disease, liver disease, or loss of too much minerals or water in the body. If you have issues with mineral imbalance, then this may not be a good treatment for you.  In some cases, Atacand Plus may make you feel dizzy, alcohol and other substances can make you feel worse. If you are suffering from illness at the same time as taking Atacand Plus, make sure that you tell your doctor, as sweating, vomiting and diarrhea could lead to an increased risk of severe dehydration.  

This substance is not suitable for anyone who is more than 3 months pregnant or planning on getting pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are planning on breast feeding when using this drug, as it may not be suitable to nurse while taking Atacand Plus. You should not take this medication if you suffer from a bile obstruction disease, liver disease, kidney disease, or gout. It is not appropriate to take Atacand Plus with a low potassium level or high levels of calcium in your blood.  

This medication can sometimes make people more sensitive to the sun, which could increase your risk of skin cancer, particularly when you're taking it for an extended period of time. Limit your time in the sun when using Atacand Plus. Additionally, if you are taking Atacand Plus when you have diabetes, it could affect your blood sugar. Your doctor will ask you to monitor your sugar levels regularly to make sure that you're protected against any serious issues.  

Does Atacand Plus interact with any other medications? 

Atacand Plus and other ARBs can sometimes increase the amount of potassium in your blood, which means that it's important not to take this drug with any other medications that increase your blood concentration of potassium, such as spironolactone, hydrodiuril, or potassium supplements. Combining Atacand Plus with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may not be a good idea, particularly for patients who are fluid depleted, or have kidney function problems. It is important to tell your doctor about any medication that you're taking alongside Atacand Plus, including any supplements, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications. There is some evidence that NSAIDs like ibuprofen and advil may react poorly with Atacand Plus and reduce its effects. 

Your doctor will assess whether Atacand Plus is the right treatment for you after you have supplied a full list of your current medications. Don't miss anything out, including recreational or illegal drugs, as this could put you in danger.  

Where can you buy Atacand Plus? 

Atacand Plus is available to buy from most standard online and offline pharmacies. However, it will not be available over the counter without a prescription. You will be able to arrange with us to have this medication ready to pick up from a local pharmacy following a consultation with a registered doctor or healthcare provider.  

Can you get Atacand Plus without a prescription?  

Atacand Plus is a form of hypertension medication and as such may be dangerous to take without the guidance of a doctor. You will need to go through a full medical assessment with your doctor to ensure that this treatment is suitable for your condition. Atacand Plus is not available without a prescription, and you should not trust any pharmacy that offers this medication without asking for a medical consult first. Do not attempt to self-treat with Atacand Plus without getting the advice of a doctor or medical professional.  

 

 

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