Atacand EffectsA blood pressure reading consists of two numbers -- for example: 120/80. The top number is known as the systolic blood pressure and the bottom number is the diastolic blood pressure. During clinical studies of people taking Atacand, systolic blood pressure (the top number) decreased by 8 to 12 mmHg on average and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) decreased by 4 to 8 mmHg on average. Certain factors, such as age, ethnicity, and dose, affected how much the blood pressure dropped.
By lowering blood pressure, Atacand can decrease the risks associated with long-term high blood pressure (see Effects of High Blood Pressure).
For people with congestive heart failure, the effects of Atacand on the heart and blood vessels have been shown to decrease hospitalizations and loss of life.
When and How Do I Take Atacand?Some general considerations for when and how to take Atacand include:
- Atacand comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once or twice a day.
- Atacand may be taken with or without food.
- Atacand should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medicine in your blood.
- For Atacand to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
Atacand DosingThe dose of Atacand your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking
- How you respond to Atacand.
As with any medication, do not adjust your Atacand dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Atacand Dosage for more information about dosing guidelines for Atacand.)