How to use
Generic Atacand (Candesartan) should be taken orally once or twice a day, with or without food. Take Generic Atacand (Candesartan) exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
It may take 2 to 4 weeks of using Generic Atacand (Candesartan) before your blood pressure is under control. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment. Keep using Generic Atacand (Candesartan) even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
Symptoms of a Generic Atacand (Candesartan) overdose may include:
- Fast or slow heartbeat
- Feeling like you might pass out
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
To be sure Generic Atacand (Candesartan) is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Generic Atacand (Candesartan). You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Do not share this medication with others, as they may have a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.
Store Generic Atacand (Candesartan) at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. KEEP THIS AND ALL OTHER MEDICATIONS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed that the taking of this medication is safe, appropriate or effective for you.
You should not use Generic Atacand (Candesartan) if you are allergic to Candesartan.
Before using Generic Atacand (Candesartan), tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- A kidney disease
- A liver disease
- Congestive heart failure
- An electrolyte imbalance
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
Do not use Generic Atacand (Candesartan) without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Generic Atacand (Candesartan) may cause injury and even death to the unborn baby if you take it during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of Generic Atacand (Candesartan). Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking Generic Atacand (Candesartan), unless your doctor has told you to.
Before taking Generic Atacand (Candesartan), tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- A diuretic (water pill)
- Lithium (Eskalith, LithoBid, Lithonate)
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with amlodipine and atorvastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:
- Dfficulty breathing
- Swelling in the face, lips, tongue, or throat
Call your doctor at once if you have any other serious side effects such as:
- Feeling like you might pass out
- Chest pain
- Swelling in your hands or feet
- Slow heart rate, weak pulse, tingly feeling
Less serious Generic Atacand (Candesartan) side effects may include:
- Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Stomach pain, diarrhea
- Headache, dizziness
- Tired feeling
In rare cases, Generic Atacand (Candesartan) can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.