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Candesartan

INFORMATION

Uses

Candesartan is used in the treatment of increased blood pressure , heart failure, heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.

How it works

Candesartan relaxes blood vessels which lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the workload of the heart.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Fainting, Headache, Increased potassium level in blood, Respiratory tract infection

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

Expert advice

  • Candesartan may cause dizziness and lightheadedness. To avoid this, take the Candesartan at bedtime, drink plenty of water and get up slowly after sitting or lying down.
  • Avoid driving, if you feel dizzy after consuming Candesartan.
  • Avoid taking potassium supplements and potassium-rich foods such as banana and broccoli.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or planning to become pregnant. 
  • Candesartan should be discontinued a day prior to the scheduled surgery.
  • Your doctor may recommend a change in the lifestyle to lower your blood pressure. It may include:
    •  Consume fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and reduce saturated-total fat.
    • Reduce daily dietary sodium intake as much as possible, ideally to 65 mmol/day (1.5 g/day sodium or 3.8 g/day sodium chloride).
    • Regular aerobic physical activity (at least 30 minutes/day, most days of the week).

Frequently asked questions

Candesartan

Q.Is Candesartan an ACE inhibitor/ a beta blocker/ calcium channel blocker/ alpha blocker/ blood thinner?
Candesartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist

Q.Is candesartan safe?
Candesartan is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.Is candesartan the same as atacand?
No. Actacand is a prodrug containing Candesartan cilexetil which gets hydrolysed to candesartan before absorption in body

Q.Is candesartan / Candesartan cilexetil a statin?
No. Candesartan is not a statin

Q.Can I take ibuprofen/ paracetamol with Candesartan / Candesartan cilexetil?
Yes. However, you may require close monitoring by your treating doctor

Q.Can I take viagra with candesartan?
Yes. However, viagra may add up the blood pressure lowering effect of candesartan. Always consult your doctor before taking the combination

Q.Can I take aspirin with candesartan?
Yes. However, aspirin reduces the blood pressure lowering effect of candesartan and also prolonged combination use may affect your kidney function. You must consult your doctor prior to taking this combination

Q.Can I take diclofenac with candesartan?
Yes. However, diclofenac reduces the blood pressure lowering effect of candesartan and also prolonged combination use may affect your kidney function. You must consult your doctor prior to taking this combination

Q.Can I take lemsip with candesartan?
Yes. You can take lemsip (Paracetamol) with candesartan. However, always consult your doctor before taking any combination

Q.Does candesartan cause headaches/ hair loss/ weight gain/ erectile dysfunction/ constipation/ tinnitus/ cancer?
Yes. Candesartan use may cause headache. However it is not known to cause hair loss, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, constipation, tinnitus or cancer. Please consult your doctor if you experience such side effects

Q.Does candesartan make you tired?
The use of Candesartan may rarely make you tired

Q.Does candesartan work?
Yes. Candesartan works if used at prescribed does for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 05 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)