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Generic versions of candesartan (Atacand) are available in four different strengths. These products are available in tablet form, just like the brand-name drug. The FDA has determined that these medications are equivalent to brand-name candesartan. However, the generic versions may have different inactive ingredients, which may cause problems for some people.

Generic for Candesartan: An Overview

Candesartan (Atacand®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and congestive heart failure. Candesartan is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short. As the names implies, candesartan blocks angiotensin II receptors. This decreases the effectiveness of a chemical known as angiotensin II, which normally causes blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking the effects of angiotensin II, candesartan causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure. It also allows the heart to work more efficiently.
 
Brand-name Atacand is manufactured by AstraZeneca. It is currently available in generic form.
 

Availability of Generic Candesartan

Generic candesartan tablets are available in the following strengths:
  • Candesartan 4 mg
  • Candesartan 8 mg
  • Candesartan 16 mg
  • Candesartan 32 mg. 
 
They are made by various manufacturers, such as:
  • Apotex
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.
  • Sandoz, Inc.
 
The version made by Par is actually an "authorized generic," meaning that it is the actual brand-name medication that is just packaged and sold under a generic name. It is exactly the same as Atacand in every way (it is even made by AstraZeneca), except it comes in a bottle with a generic name.
 
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