FDA Approves AstraZeneca's Atacand to Lower Hypertension

Atacand is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists.

It keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Atacand is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Atacand is also used to treat kidney problems caused by type 2 (not insulin-dependent) diabetes. It may also be used to treat heart failure in certain patients.

Atacand controls high blood pressure. It works by blocking the effect of a hormone called angiotensin II. Unopposed, this substance prompts the blood vessels to contract, an action that tends to raise blood pressure. Atacand relaxes and expands the blood vessels, allowing pressure to drop. The drug may be prescribed alone or with other blood pressure medications.

Atacand is an angiotensin receptor blocker prescribed alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Atacand helps blood flow more smoothly and relaxes tightened blood vessels.

Atacand has been approved for once-daily treatment of hypertension. Atacand belongs to a group of antihypertensive medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) which represent the first new class of antihypertensive agents in the United States in more than a decade.