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Atacand HCT

Generic name: hydrochlorothiazide and candesartan (HYE droe KLOR oh THYE a zide and KAN de SAR tan)
Brand name: Atacand HCT
Drug class: Angiotensin II inhibitors with thiazides

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Feb 10, 2021. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Atacand HCT?

Atacand HCT is a combination medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Atacand HCT may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

Do not use if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking Atacand HCT and tell your doctor right away.

If you have diabetes, do not use Atacand HCT together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

What should I with my healthcare provider before taking Atacand HCT?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to candesartan or hydrochlorothiazide, or if:

  • you are unable to urinate; or

  • you are allergic to sulfa drugs.

If you have diabetes, do not use Atacand HCT together with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine).

You may also need to avoid taking Atacand HCT with aliskiren if you have kidney disease.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. This medicine can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester.

You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.

How should I take Atacand HCT?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

You may take Atacand HCT with or without food.

Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance.

Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Your blood and urine may also be tested if you have been vomiting or are dehydrated.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Atacand HCT.

It may take up to 4 weeks for this medication to control your blood pressure. Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

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What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include fast or slow heartbeat, feeling light-headed, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking Atacand HCT?

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.

Hydrochlorothiazide may increase your risk of skin cancer. Avoid sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Your doctor may want you to have skin examinations on a regular basis.

If you also take cholestyramine or colestipol, avoid taking these medications within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Atacand HCT.

Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may cause side effects.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes, unless your doctor has told you to.

Atacand HCT side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Atacand HCT can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • eye pain, vision problems;

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • little or no urinating;

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding; or

  • signs of an electrolyte imbalance--increased thirst or urination, confusion, vomiting, constipation, muscle pain or weakness, leg cramps, bone pain, lack of energy, irregular heartbeats, tingly feeling.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Atacand HCT?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Atacand HCT, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.