What should I avoid while taking Atacand?

While taking the blood pressure medication Atacand (candesartan), you should avoid the following:
  • taking more Atacand, or taking it more often, than your doctor prescribed.
  • breastfeeding. Atacand may pass into breast milk and can harm newborns and children under age 1.
  • taking another medication without first checking with your doctor. This includes herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Some nonprescription pain relievers and cold remedies can increase your risk of side effects from Atacand, or increase your blood pressure.
  • becoming dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids while you're taking Atacand, especially if you've recently experienced vomiting, diarrhea or excessive sweating. If you're taking Atacand, dehydration can cause your blood pressure to fall too far.
  • operating machinery, driving a car, or undertaking any activities that require full alertness until you know how Atacand affects you. Atacand may make you dizzy or drowsy, especially when you start taking it.

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