Candesartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (sometimes called an ARB). It is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 1 year old. Lowering blood pressure may lower your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Candesartan is also used in adults to treat certain types of heart failure and lower your risk of death or needing to be hospitalized for heart damage. It is in a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) which includes losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), and irbesartan (Avapro). Angiotensin, formed in the blood by the action of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), is a powerful chemical that attaches to angiotensin receptors found in many tissues but primarily on smooth muscle cells surrounding blood vessels. Angiotensin’s attachment to the receptors causes the muscle cells to contract and the blood vessels to narrow (vasoconstrict) which leads to an increase in blood pressure. Candesartan blocks the angiotensin receptor and thereby prevents the action of angiotensin. As a result blood vessels expand and blood pressure is reduced

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to candesartan. If you have diabetes, do not take candesartan with any medication that contains aliskiren (a blood pressure medicine). You may also need to avoid taking candesartan with aliskiren if you have kidney disease. Tell your doctor if you have ever had: a heart condition other than one being treated with candesartan; kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); liver disease; or if you are on a low-salt diet. 

 Do not use it if you are pregnant. Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Candesartan can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. If you plan to get pregnant, ask your doctor for a safer medicine to use before and during pregnancy. Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may cause complications in the mother and the baby. You should not breastfeed while using candesartan.


If you have any questions regarding your medications, ask your doctor or our licensed pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick. For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take up to 6 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (such as your blood pressure readings remain high or increase).


Candesartan oral tablets do not cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects. More common side effects. The more common side effects that can occur with candesartan include: back pain, dizziness, cold- or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sneezing, and a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion. If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects 

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following: low blood pressure, with symptoms such as: feeling faint or dizzy, lightheadedness, tiredness, worsening kidney problems, with symptoms such as: not urinating as much as normal, tiredness, shortness of breath, increased potassium levels in your blood, with symptoms such as:, muscles weakness, feeling ill, heart rhythm changes, allergic reaction, with symptoms such as: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, and throat.


Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes, unless your doctor has told you to. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.


The recommended dose range of candesartan for adults is 4 to 32 mg once daily. The usual starting dose for hypertension is 16 mg daily, and the starting dose for treating heart failure is 4 mg once daily. Doses may be doubled at 2-week intervals as tolerated by patients. The maximum dose is 32 mg daily. 

Candesartan cilexetil (Atacand) is a medication prescribed to treat high blood pressure. It is also used for reducing the chance of death or hospitalization due to heart failure. Side effects, drug interactions, warnings and precautions, and pregnancy safety should be reviewed prior to taking this medication. 

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