AstraZeneca | Candesartan (Medication)
Candesartan is used alone or in combination with other drugs to treat high blood pressure. It also is used for reducing the chance of death or hospitalization due to heart failure. Candesartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
Candesartan blocks the angiotensin receptor and therby prevents the action of angiotensin. As a result blood vessels expand and blood pressure is reduced. ...
The most common side effects of candesartan include headache, dizziness, fatigue, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and upper respiratory infections. Patients may also experience hyperkalemia, impotence, reduced renal function, and allergic reactions.
Rhabdomyolysis (inflammation and destruction of muscle) and angioedema (swelling of soft tissues including those of the throat and larynx) are rare but serious side effects of candesartan. ...
Before using this medicine inform your doctor if you have any type of allergies. Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and may increase certain side effects of candesartan. Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking candesartan, unless your doctor has told you to.
If you are being treated for high blood pressure, keep using this medication even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
In rare cases candesartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...