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Atacand vs. Diovan

Are Atacand and Diovan the Same Thing?

Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) and Diovan (valsartan) are angiotensin II receptor antagonist used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Diovan is also used to treat heart failure, and post heart attack.

Side effects of Atacand and Diovan that are similar include cold symptoms (cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough), back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, lightheadedness/feeling like you might pass out, or swelling.

Side effects of Atacand that are different from Diovan include chest pain, slow heart rate, weak pulse, or tingly feeling.

Side effects of Diovan that are different from Atacand include flu symptoms, upper respiratory infection, sinusitis, nausea, blurred vision, or itching or skin rash.

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 Diovan?

Common side effects of Diovan include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • tiredness,
  • flu symptoms,
  • upper respiratory infection,
  • diarrhea,
  • cold symptoms (cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat),
  • sinusitis,
  • nausea,
  • stomach pain,
  • swelling,
  • blurred vision,
  • itching or skin rash,
  • back pain, and
  • joint pain.

Serious side effects of Diovan include:

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 Diovan?

Diovan (valsartan) is an angiotensin II receptor blocker used for the control of hypertension, heart failure, and post heart attack. Diovan is available as a generic.

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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 Diovan?

Diovan may interact with diuretics (water pills) and or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Diovan may also interact with rifampin, ritonavir, or cyclosporine.

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 Diovan Be Taken?

Diovan is available as tablets for oral administration in strengths of 40, 80, 160 or 320 mg of valsartan. Usual beginning dose is a total of 80 mg per day, but this may vary. For children with pediatric hypertension (ages 6–16), the dose is weight based at 1.3 mg per Kg weight not to exceed 40 mg per day. Diovan is not recommended for children under the age of 6 or in children with certain renal problems. Diovan may interact with cyclosporine, diuretics (water pills), rifampin, ritonavir, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Diovan is not recommended for use during pregnancy; it may cause injury or death to a fetus when the medicine is taken during the second or third trimester. Talk to your doctor about use of birth control while taking Diovan. It is unknown if Diovan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Breastfeeding while using Diovan is not recommended.

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References
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Dailymed. Atacand Product Information.

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

Novartis. Diovan Product Information.

https://www.diovan.com

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