Atacand vs. Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril

Are Atacand and Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril the Same Thing?

Atacand (candesartan cilexetil) and Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril (lisinopril) are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril are also used to treat heart failure, and as supportive treatment in patients that suffer a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Atacand and Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril belong to different drug classes. Atacand is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril are angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Side effects of Atacand and Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril that are similar include cough, diarrhea, headache, or dizziness.

Side effects of Atacand that are different from Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril include runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, tired feeling, 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 Prinivil, Qbrelis, and Zestril that are different from Atacand include depressed mood, drowsiness, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, or mild 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 Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril?

Common side effects of Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril include:

  • Cough,
  • Headache,
  • Dizziness,
  • Depressed mood,
  • Drowsiness,
  • Nausea,
  • Upset stomach,
  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea, and
  • Mild itching or skin rash.

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 Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril?

Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril (lisinopril) is a long-acting angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used to treat hypertension, heart failure, and supportive treatment in patients that suffer a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Prinivil is available in generic form.

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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 Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril?

Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril may interact with other blood pressure medications.

They may also interact with gold injections, lithium, potassium supplements, salt substitutes that contain potassium, oral insulin or diabetes medications, aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or diuretics (water pills).

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 Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril Be Taken?

Dosage of Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril is available in doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg tablets for oral use. Hypertensive patients usually start with 10 mg once a day and are often increased to 20 mg. Patients with renal failure or are on diuretics start at lower doses such as 2.5 to 5 mg.

Heart attack and heart failure patients also start out with low doses of 5 mg one per day.

Prinivil, Qbrelis, Zestril is not recommended for use in children <6 years old or those that have a glomerular filtration rate <30 mL per min; pediatric doses are determined by weight.

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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

Dailymed. Prinivil Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=f6f3c339-2c9d-4d07-14a1-6d6c7daf26c6

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