Atacand belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short. It works by relaxing the blood vessels to increase blood flow, and by improving the efficiency of the heart.
Although the medication is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before using Atacand, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, or kidney problems.
(Click Atacand for more information on this medication. Topics discussed in this article include dosing guidelines, clinical effects, side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking this drug.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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Atacand [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca LP;2009 October.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 28, 2011.
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