Information about Candesartan

Candesartan Uses

Candesartan is used in the treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure), Heart failure and prevention of heart attack and stroke.

How Candesartan works

Candesartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It relaxes the blood vessel by blocking the action of a chemical that usually makes blood vessels tighter. This lowers the blood pressure, allowing the blood to flow more smoothly to different organs and the heart to pump more efficiently.

Common side effects of Candesartan

Back pain, Dizziness, Upper respiratory tract infection, Sore throat, Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
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Available Medicine for Candesartan

CantarDr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
27 to ₹693 variant(s)
ActinsarRene Lifescience
80 to ₹1202 variant(s)
CandosaAAR ESS Remedies Pvt Ltd
169 to ₹1952 variant(s)
CandestanMedley Pharmaceuticals
20 to ₹352 variant(s)
CandesarSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
341 variant(s)
KandisarDruto Laboratories
182 to ₹1862 variant(s)
CandelongMicro Labs Ltd
28 to ₹613 variant(s)

Expert advice for Candesartan

  • It can make you feel dizzy for the first few days. Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down for a long time.
  • Your doctor may get regular tests done to monitor the level of urea, creatinine, and potassium in your blood.
  • Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen along with this medicine without consulting your doctor.
  • Do not take Candesartan if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Frequently asked questions for Candesartan

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.

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