Frequently asked questions for Candesartan
Q. Which class does Candesartan belong to?Candesartan belongs to a class of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists (AIIRAs). Angiotensin II is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It tightens the blood vessels, which in turn increases the blood pressure. Candesartan blocks this effect so that the blood vessels relax, which helps lower your blood pressure.
Q. How should I take Candesartan?You should take Candesartan exactly as directed by your doctor. It is for oral use and is usually taken once a day. You should take it with plenty of water, with or without food. It is recommended that you take this medicine at the same time every day.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Candesartan?If you forget to take a dose of Candesartan, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. How long does Candesartan take to start working?Candesartan may take about 2 weeks to show a visible reduction in blood pressure. However, the medicine may take a little longer, about 4 weeks to show full benefits.
Q. What is the most important information I should know about Candesartan?It is important for you to know that this medicine can cause harm or death to your unborn baby. Therefore, if you are planning a pregnancy or have become pregnant, consult your doctor right away. The doctor may switch you to a different medicine to treat your high blood pressure.
Q. Is Candesartan better than telmisartan?Both Candesartan and telmisartan are blood pressure-lowering medicines. Candesartan is a relatively new medicine. It has been found to be as effective as telmisartan in lowering blood pressure. It can be safely used in patients as it has fewer side effects.
Q. Can I stop Candesartan on my own?No, do not stop taking Candesartan without speaking to your doctor, even if you are feeling well or your blood pressure is controlled. Stopping it suddenly may increase your blood pressure which may increase your risk of stroke.
Q. What are the symptoms of overdose of Candesartan?Taking more than the recommended dose of Candesartan may decrease your blood pressure due to which you may feel dizzy or may even faint. Consult your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical aid in a nearby hospital.
Q. Who should not take Candesartan?You should not take Candesartan if you are allergic to it or if you are pregnant. Avoid its use if you have diabetes, impaired kidney function or if you are being treated with a blood pressure-lowering medicine containing aliskiren.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make while taking Candesartan?Lifestyle changes play a major role in keeping you healthy if you are taking Candesartan. Avoid taking excess salt in your diet and find ways to reduce or manage stress in your life. Practice yoga or meditation or take up a hobby. Ensure that you have a sound sleep every night as this also helps to reduce stress levels and helps to keep your blood pressure normal. Stop smoking and alcohol consumption as this helps in lowering your blood pressure and preventing heart problems. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products. Consult your doctor if you need any further guidance to get the maximum benefit of Candesartan and to keep yourself healthy.