Atacand HCT Candesartan Cilexetil/Hydrochlorothiazide and/or alternatives
Atacand HCT is primarily used for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). It is a combination drug comprised of candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide. Candesartan belongs to a class of medicines termed angiotensin II receptor antagonists, and hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic.
The combined effect of these two drugs prevents the blood vessels from narrowing down and reduces the density and volume of blood (by aiding the removal of excess salt and water from the body through the kidneys) to maintain easy flow.
Atacand HCT is only recommended to patients who have already undergone monotherapy with candesartan or other similar drugs. The generic name of Atacand HCT is Candesartan Cilexetil-Hydrochlorothiazide.
Indications & Dosage of Atacand HCT
This drug is available in three strengths to patients who have been asked to buy Atacand HCT- Atacand HCT 16-12.5 (containing 16 mg and 12.5 mg of candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide respectively), Atacand HCT 32-12.5 (containing 32 mg and 12.5 mg of candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide respectively), and Atacand HCT 32-25 (containing 32 mg and 25 mg of candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide respectively).
The drug should be taken as per the doctor’s instructions as the dosage often needs to be customized for patients who buy Atacand HCT. The usual recommended dosage for a patient on Atacand HCT treatment is Atacand HCT 16-12.5 mg once daily.
This drug should be taken with a large glass of water. It can be had with or without food. Atacand HCT should be stored away from moisture and heat.
Side Effects & Interactions of Atacand HCT
Atacand HCT may have one or more minor side effects. These are generally tolerable and wane over time. In case they don’t, the doctor’s attention is required. The minor side effects of Atacand HCT are:
- Dizziness, nausea
A few of the more serious side effects of Atacand HCT are listed below. There can be incidences of other adversities on the patient’s general health. These require immediate medical treatment.
- Dark colored urine, difficult or no urination
- Tingling sensation or numbness
- Severe depression
- Reduced sexual ability or behavior
- Swelling of the limbs
To prevent negative interactions in the body, a doctor should be notified regarding all the current medications of the patient. Over 716 drugs are known to interact with Atacand HCT. Some of the drugs with which Atacand HCT has major interactions are drugs containing potassium, lithium, drugs that affect electrolyte balance in the body, and other diuretics.
Warnings & Precautions of Atacand HCT
An Atacand HCT overdose can lead to hypotension. Immediate medical guidance should be sought to revive extremely low blood pressure. This drug should be used with extreme caution in elderly patients, especially those with heart problems and kidney or liver impairment.
The safety of Atacand HCT in children below 14 years of age has not been established. If patients faint as a result of Atacand HCT, they should stop using this drug until further consultation with their doctor. Atacand HCT should not be used by pregnant women since one of its active ingredients, candesartan, is known to potentially harm the fetus. Lactating women must also consult their doctor before using Atacand HCT.
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