High Blood Pressure
CANDESARTAN; HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (kan de SAR tan; hye droe klor oh THYE a zide) is a combination of an angiotensin II receptor blocker and a diuretic. It treats high blood pressure.
Atacand HCT may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this drug by mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Atacand HCT contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Atacand HCT is only for you. Do not share Atacand HCT with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-changes in vision
-fast or irregular heart beat, palpitations, or chest pain
-feeling faint or lightheaded
-persistent dry cough
-redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
-signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as being more thirsty or hungry or having to urinate more than normal. You may also feel very tired or have blurry vision.
-trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
-unusual bleeding or bruising
-worsened gout pain
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-change in sex drive or performance
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Atacand HCT. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
-barbiturates like phenobarbital
-corticosteroids. like prednisone
-diuretics like triamterene, spironolactone, or amiloride
-NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
-potassium salts or potassium supplements
-prescription pain medicines
-skeletal muscle relaxants like tubocurarine
-some cholesterol lowering medicines like cholestyramine or colestipol
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-if you are on a special diet, like a low salt diet
-immune system problems, like lupus
-an unusual or allergic reaction to candesartan, hydrochlorothiazide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care provider what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care provider if you notice an irregular or fast heartbeat.
You must not get dehydrated. Ask your doctor or health care provider how much fluid you need to drink a day. Check with him or her if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child, particularly in the second or third trimester. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine may increase blood sugar. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care provider.
Talk to your health care professional about your risk of skin cancer. You may be more at risk for skin cancer if you take this medicine.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.