Switch From Losartan To Atacand

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CJ Says:

I have been on 50 mg Losartan for 6 months and just don't feel that great. I got my BP taken at the doctor today and it was 150/64. I asked about changing to Atacand ,and she put me on 16 mg, starting tomorrow. I'm to go back to get my BP taken in 2 weeks. Is 16 mg a good dosage to start with? Will Atacand be better than Losartan? Should I worry about side effects, and if so, what is most common? I got the impression the doctor was indulging me..she certainly didn't agree the Losartan could be causing my foot and ankle pains.

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Verwon Says:

Hello, CJ! How are you?

Oh yes, it certainly could have been causing those pains. Some people do experience that with some of these cardiac medications.

Atacand contains the active ingredient Candesartan, so it is also an ARB. Generally, 8mgs of it equal 50mgs of Losartan, so your doctor has also raised your dosage to try to help you get better blood pressure control.

It usually works very well for me, so you may also have good results with it. It's known to cause fewer side effects than most of those others and they may include nausea, dizziness, headache and dry mouth. I actually had to keep going down in my dosage of it, because it works too well for me.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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CJ Says:

Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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Verwon Says:

You are very welcome!

Please let me know if the Atacand works for you.

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