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Atacand vs. Altace

Reviewed on 1/30/2019

Are Atacand and Altace the Same Thing?

Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) and Altace (ramipril) are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Atacand and Altace belong to different drug classes. Atacand is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and Altace is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.

Side effects of Atacand and Altace that are similar include cough, headache, dizziness, or tired feeling.

Side effects of Atacand that are different from Altace include runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, feeling like you might pass out, chest pain, swelling in your hands or feet, slow heart rate, weak pulse, or tingly feeling.

Side effects of Altace that are different from Atacand include spinning sensation (vertigo), feeling unwell (malaise), nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Atacand?

Common side effects of Atacand include:

  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat,
  • cough,
  • back pain,
  • joint pain,
  • stomach pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • tired feeling,
  • feeling like you might pass out,
  • chest pain,
  • swelling in your hands or feet,
  • slow heart rate,
  • weak pulse, or
  • tingly feeling.

Tell the doctor immediately if you notice any of these side effects.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Altace?

Common side effects of Altace include:

  • headache,
  • cough,
  • tired feeling,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • malaise,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • stomach discomfort.

What Is Atacand?

Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) is a selective AT1 subtype angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children 1 to less than 17 years of age.

What Is Altace?

Altace (ramipril) is an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor that reduces high blood pressure by reducing or relaxing blood vessels. Altace is used to lower blood pressure and to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and increase survival in heart failure patients after a heart attack.

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What Drugs Interact With Atacand?

Atacand may interact with alcohol, potassium supplements or salt substitutes, diuretics (water pills), lithium; or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Altace?

Altace may interact with diuretics (water pills), gold injections, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, or aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Atacand Be Taken?

The usual recommended starting dose of Atacand is 16 mg once daily when it is used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume depleted. Atacand can be administered once or twice daily with total daily doses ranging from 8 mg to 32 mg.

How Should Altace Be Taken?

Altace is available in 1.5, 2.5, 5 and 10 mg strength tablets.

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References
SOURCE:

Dailymed. Atacand Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a73e1339-9643-4eea-2cbe-e879c88fb50e

FDA. Altace Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/022021s007lbl.pdf
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