Atacand Drug Interactions
When taking Atacand with a diuretic, your blood pressure may decrease too much. This is more likely to occur when Atacand is first started. In order to decrease the chances of this interaction, your healthcare provider may change the dosages of either medicine, start you on a lower dose of Atacand, and/or monitor you more closely.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Atacand can interact with NSAIDs in several ways. The combination could cause your blood pressure to increase or may cause swelling (edema), especially if you have congestive heart failure (CHF). If you are elderly, have kidney disease or kidney failure, or are taking a diuretic ("water pill") or are dehydrated, taking NSAIDs and Atacand together may cause kidney failure. Talk to your healthcare provider about this potential drug interaction before taking these medications together.
Potassium SupplementsIf you are taking a potassium supplement and Atacand, the levels of potassium in your blood may become too high. This can cause serious problems. For your particular situation, talk to your healthcare provider about using potassium and Atacand together.
Potassium-Sparing DiureticsIf you are taking both Atacand and a potassium-sparing diuretic, your body may metabolize them differently than intended and/or increase the levels of potassium in your blood. Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your progress closely.
Lithium (Eskalith, Lithane, Lithonate, Lithotabs)
If you are taking both Atacand and lithium, your body may metabolize the drugs differently than intended and increase the lithium levels in the blood. Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your serum lithium levels more frequently.