Can You Get an Atacand Prescription Online?
What is Atacand and should I take it? What effects will it have on my body, and can I buy Atacand online? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and many more.
Although Atacand can not be bought directly online, you can get an Atacand prescription online if a doctor determines it is right for your health needs! Click here to make an online appointment, or continue below to find out more about Atacand.
What is Atacand?
Atacand, also known as candesartan, is an antihypertensive drug used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure in order to help you live a healthy life.
Lowering high blood pressure is key to helping reduce your risk of strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.
How Does Atacand Work?
Atacand is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (or ARB) which block the body’s angiotensin II chemical, which is responsible for narrowing your blood vessels. ARBs have similar effects to ACE inhibitors, another type of blood pressure drug, but function slightly differently.
By relaxing the tension in the blood vessels, your heart is able to pump blood more easily. This reduces physical stress on the heart, and in turn lowers the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiac complications.
Atacand Dosage and Treatment
In adults over 18, the initial recommended dosage is 4 mg once daily, doubled over two week intervals, until a 32 mg once daily is reached. Please keep in mind, these are recommended dosage amounts, and those taking Atacand should always follow their doctor’s specific directions.
In children, your doctor’s treatment plan will vary based on numerous health factors. Atacand in not recommended for those under one year old.
Benefits of Atacand
Atacand allows your heart to pump with more efficiency and ease by loosening your blood vessels. This lowers your blood pressure, and will reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney problems. Atacand can also be used to treat adults with heart failure.
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Side Effects of Atacand
Side effects of Atacand range from the mild to more serious. Common side effects include,
- Back pain
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
You may experience one or a combination of these side effects, particularly when starting on a treatment plan. It is important to tell your doctor if even a mild side effect persists and impairs your lifestyle.
Call a doctor at once is you experience any of these more serious side effects such as,
- Irregular heartbeats
- Signs of high potassium levels (nusea, slow heart rate, general weakness, loss of movement)
- Little or no urination
- Pain or difficulty urinating
- Swelling in your feet or ankles
- Extreme or unexplained exhaustion
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop signs of an allergic reaction to Atacand such as; hives, difficult breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
In extreme cases Atacand can cause a condition in which the skeleton muscle tissue begins to break down. This can lead to kidney failure, and you should call you doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, fever, or dark colored urine.
Considerations and Precautions of Atacand
Atacand is an FDA approved drug that can be prescribed by your doctor. However, it is not right for everyone. Always tell your doctor your complete medical history and any other medications you may be taking including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Drug interactions are critical to understand for your own safety. Interactions can occur between drugs if taken at the same time, so it’s important for you and your doctor to know any other drugs that could complicate your use of Atacand.
Interactions may occur between Atacand and any of the following,
- drugs that may increase the level of potassium in the blood (such as ACE inhibitors including benazepril/lisinopril, birth control pills containing drospirenone)
- products for treatment of coughs and the common cold, diet aids, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may contain ingredients that could increase your blood pressure or worsen your heart failure.
This is not a complete list of all the possible drug interactions with Atacand. It is useful to keep a list of your past and current medications to help your doctor determine what prescriptions are safe for you to use.
Who should NOT take Atacand?
Consult your doctor before taking Atacand if you,
- are on a low salt diet
- have an electrolyte imbalance
- have kidney disease
- have liver disease
- if you have diabetes
Do not take atacand if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Atacan can be lethal to an unborn fetus and should never be taken during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about proper birth control for use during the duration of your Atacand treatment.
Can You Buy Atacand Online?
American laws require that a patient consult with a doctor before being allowed to take prescription drugs. Be aware that sites offering to sell you Atacand online are illegal and may not be safe.
Fortunately with PlushCare you can skip the hassle of going in to consult with your doctor and have an appointment online. Our licensed doctors will help you find the right care either on the phone or over a video chat. During your consultation, they will help you find out if Atacand (or a different prescription medication) is right for you. Our doctors can electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy for pick up at your convenience.
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