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Atacand Plus

Atacand Plus is a medication containing the active ingredient candesartan and is designed to lower blood pressure. Candesartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin receptor 2 blockers (ARBs), a group which also includes valsartan. Atacand Plus contains two substances which reduce blood pressure. The first is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide, while the second is candersartan cilexetil, which is an angiotensin inhibitor. Angiotensin is a substance within the human body associated with the action of angiotensin-converting enzymes (ACEs). These powerful chemicals attach themselves to the receptors found within various tissues in 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 this action, Atacand Plus can bring your blood pressure back to healthier levels. Atacand Plus is a medication with the active ingredient candesartan that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The treatment of high blood pressure can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other serious health issues.

What is Atacand Plus?

Atacand Plus is a medication containing the active ingredient candesartan and is designed to lower blood pressure. Candesartan belongs to a class of medications called angiotensin receptor 2 blockers, a group which also includes valsartan. Atacand Plus contains two substances which reduce blood pressure. The first is a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide, while the second is candersartan cilexetil, which is an angiotensin inhibitor. Angiotensin is a substance within the human body associated with the action of angiotensin-converting enzymes (ACEs). These powerful chemicals attach themselves to the receptors found within various tissues in 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 this action, Atacand Plus can bring your blood pressure back to healthier levels.

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 as it 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 it contains, Atacand Plus also helps the kidneys to excrete more salts and fluids. The medications combined in Atacand Plus are generally recommended for patients who might not get results with a single blood pressure medication.

How to use Atacand Plus

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

Atacand Plus is a tablet medication to be taken orally with or without food. Usually, you will take one tablet a day, often four hours before your bedtime, since Atacand Plus can increase your need to urinate, and taking it too close to your scheduled bedtime can disrupt your sleeping patterns. You will need to use Atacand Plus 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 it even if you feel as though your condition has improved as it may take up to four weeks for it to get into your system properly. If you are taking Atacand Plus alongside medications intended to lower your cholesterol, 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 does not improve or worsens after four weeks.

What dosages are available?

Your doctor will choose the Atacand Plus dosage that is right for you depending on the nature of your condition and your medical background. Unless your doctor suggests otherwise, the most common Atacand Plus 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 Atacand Plus dosage and increase it over time according to your reaction to the medication. If you miss a dose of Atacand Plus, do not take double 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, but if you notice any symptoms that worry you, or you find that your side effects worsen or do not go away, speak to your doctor. The most common side effects associated with Atacand Plus are back pain and cold or flu-like symptoms (sneezing, coughing, runny nose, fever). Other common issues include dizziness, nasal congestion, sore throat and a general feeling of being unwell. There is a slight risk of an increased likeliness of contracting a respiratory infection when using Atacand Plus.

There are also some more serious side effects associated with Atacand Plus. If you notice any of the following conditions, contact an emergency health professional as quickly as possible:

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

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

When should you not 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 candesartan or hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any other allergies that you may have. Atacand Plus may contain other active ingredients. Before you use it, 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 in the way of minerals or water in the body. If you have issues with mineral imbalance, then Atacand Plus may not be a good treatment for you. In some cases, Atacand Plus may make you feel dizzy, and therefore 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 diarrhoea could lead to an increased risk of severe dehydration.

Atacand Plus is not suitable for anyone who is more than three months pregnant or planning on falling pregnant. Tell your doctor if you are planning to breastfeed when using this drug, as it may not be suitable to nurse while taking Atacand Plus. You should not take Atacand Plus 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.

Atacand Plus can sometimes make people more sensitive to the sun, which could increase your risk of skin cancer, particularly when taking it for an extended period of time. Limit your time in the sun when using Atacand Plus. Additionally, taking Atacand Plus when you have diabetes could affect your blood sugar. Your doctor will ask you to monitor your sugar levels regularly to make sure that you are 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. It is important therefore not to take Atacand Plus 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 (NSAIDs) may not be advisable for patients who are fluid-depleted or have kidney function problems. It is important to tell your doctor about any medication you are taking alongside Atacand Plus, including any supplements, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications. There is some evidence that NSAIDs such as 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. You should include everything, including recreational or illegal drugs, otherwise 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 is not available over the counter without a prescription. You will be able to arrange with us to have Atacand Plus 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 consultation first. Do not attempt to self-treat with Atacand Plus without getting the advice of a doctor or medical professional.

References

Emedicine health, 2019, Online, Candesartan, [Accessed on 8 August 2019], Available at: https://www.emedicinehealth.com/drug-candesartan/article_em.htm

Omudhome Ogbru, Phama D, Jay W. Marks, MD. Online, 2019, MedicineNet, What is Candesartan and how does it work? [Accessed on 8 August 2019], Available at: https://www.medicinenet.com/candesartan/article.htm#what_else_should_i_know_about_candesartan

RXList, Online, 2019, Atacand, [Accessed on 8 August 2019], Available at:https://www.rxlist.com/atacand-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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