Candesartan or Atacand is indicated for high blood pressure or hypertension.
Candesartan or Atacand is a angiotensin II receptor antagonist which blocks the binding of angiotensin II to type 1 angiotensin II receptors, which means that angiotensin can not elicit its vasoconstriction actions. Blood pressure is lowered.
Candesartan or Atacand is well tolerated. Cough is a side effect associated with ACE inhibitors, but by affecting the angiotensin system in the way it does, Candesartan or Atacand avoids this cough side effect.
Candesartan or Atacand should not be used in pregnant women because it is toxic to the developing fetus.
Candesartan or Atacand is used in blood pressure control and can be used in combination with other drugs which also lower blood pressure, but care must be taken to ensure the blood pressure is not lowered too much so that postural hypotension results.
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