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What should I know before using candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide?

Before using candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide (Atacand HCT), you should know that it can cause dizziness, lightheadedness and even fainting if you get up too quickly, especially when you first begin taking it. Candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide also might make you drowsy; alcohol can increase this drowsiness so it's best not to drink while you're taking it.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements you take, especially aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), cholestyramine (Questran), colestipol (Colestid), lithium, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors like benazepril (Lotensin), medications for diabetes, oral steroids such as dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone) and prednisone (Deltasone), other medications for high blood pressure, phenobarbital (Barbita, Luminal, Solfoton) and potassium supplements (K-Dur, Klor-Con and others).

Tell your doctor if you're allergic to candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide or to any other medications and if you have a history of allergies, asthma, lupus, diabetes, heart failure, gout or kidney or liver disease.

Do not take candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide if you're pregnant, as it may harm a developing fetus. If you become pregnant while using candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide, call your doctor. Do not breastfeed while taking this medication.

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