Can I use Atacand HCT if I am taking NSAIDs?

If you are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors (COX-2 inhibitors) -- you should be cautious about taking the blood pressure drug Atacand HCT (candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide). NSAIDs can increase your body's retention of sodium and fluid, which can reduce Atacand HCT's ability to reduce blood pressure.

If you are elderly or have kidney problems, combining Atacand HCT with an NSAID can result in reduced kidney function and even lead to acute kidney failure.

Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure and kidney function closely if you take both medications.

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