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Candesartan

Candesartan is an angiotensin II receptor agonist, prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and sometimes heart failure. It works by relaxing and dilating the blood vessels. This relieves the pressure on the heart and makes it easier to pump blood around the body. Candesartan is a prescription-only medicine, and many healthcare professionals prefer you to have used ACE inhibitors before trying candesartan. However, some people have to cease treatment with ACE inhibitors due to the side effects.


Candesartan is taken once a day at the same time, and helps to prevent future heart attacks, strokes, or kidney problems.


Prices start from £10.99 for 28 tablets



Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 23/01/2020



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What is candesartan?

Candesartan is a medicine that’s prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure. It’s generally given to patients that have already tried ACE inhibitors such as Lisinopril etc, but had to stop taking them due to the side effects.

Candesartan is only available in tablet form, and can only be obtained with a prescription.

How does candesartan work?

Candesartan is an angiotensin II receptor agonist which works to lower blood pressure by relaxing and dilating the blood vessels. This makes is much easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. It works in the same way for heart failure, and relieves the amount of work the heart has to do by making it easier for blood to flow.

High blood pressure can cause a number of serious health issues, so it’s important to treat the condition as soon as you can and bring your blood pressure down to a normal level. Risk factors for developing hypertension include:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Being of African or Caribbean origin
  • High sodium diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Regular alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Long term sleep deprivation (insomnia)

Can I take candesartan?

Candesartan isn’t always a first-line treatment, with many GPs preferring patients to try and ACE inhibitor first. If this isn’t effective, or causes too many issues due to side effects, your doctor may then prescribe candesartan. There are several conditions that might make it unsafe for you to take candesartan for high blood pressure or heart failure, and these people should make an appointment with their own GP to discuss the risks involved. The conditions and health problems that might interfere with your suitability for this medicine include:

  • Allergic
  • Being over 3 months pregnant
  • Severe liver disease
  • Biliary obstruction
  • Diabetes
  • Impaired kidney function
  • Using a medicine for high blood pressure that contains aliskiren
  • Heart problems
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Dialysis
  • Recent kidney transplant
  • Recent vomiting
  • Recent diarrhoea
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Low blood pressure
  • Using ACE inhibitors
  • History of stroke
  • Using ACE inhibitors with mineralocorticoid receptors agonists (MRAs) for heart failure.

If any of the above conditions apply to you, you should absolutely seek advice from your own doctor before ordering candesartan. Your doctor may recommend an alternative treatment for you, especially if you’re pregnant, as this drug may cause harm to an unborn child.

It’s also worth telling your doctor if you’re intolerant to any kinds of sugars, as the tablets contain lactose. Your GP will be able to tell you if you can still take them or whether you should seek an alternative treatment.

There are also some medicines that might cause dangerous interactions if used together with candesartan. These include:

  • ACE inhibitors
  • Aspirin
  • Beta blockers
  • Captopril
  • Celecoxib
  • Diazoxide
  • Diclofenac
  • Diuretics
  • Enalapril
  • Etoricoxib
  • Heparin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Lisinopril
  • Lithium
  • Naproxen
  • NSAIDs
  • Potassium supplements
  • Ramipril

If you know that you’re taking any of the above medicines, speak to your pharmacist or doctor. It might be that your medications need changing to accommodate for candesartan, or that you aren’t able to use the new drug due to dangerous interactions. Always disclose any and all medicines that you’re taking.

You should also take caution if you’re drinking alcohol at the same time as using candesartan. It can increase the effects of the medication on your body, causing dizziness and headache.

How do you take candesartan?

Candesartan is usually taken once a day. You can choose when to take it, but it must be taken at the same time each day.

Candesartan isn’t affected by food, so you can take it with or without a meal, just swallow the tablet with a glass of water.

Your own dosage will depend on your condition and the severity of it, but generally, dosages tend to be between 8-32mg per day.

Never double-dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. If you take too much candesartan, contact your doctor immediately, or if it’s out of hours, call NHS 111 for advice on what to do.

How long does candesartan take to work?

Once you’ve taken the tablet, it should start to work in your body within 2 hours. However, due to the nature of the condition and the medication, you might not feel the benefits of candesartan for up to 4 weeks. If your condition worsens or you don’t feel an improvement after this time, return to your doctor to talk about other treatment options.

What are the side effects of candesartan?

As candesartan affects the flow of blood within your body, it can cause some side effects. Some of the most common symptoms associated with candesartan include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Respiratory infection
  • Low blood pressure
  • Change of some blood tests
  • Increased amount of potassium in the blood
  • Effects on how your kidneys work
  • Reduction in red or white blood cells
  • Itching
  • Back pain
  • Pain in joints
  • Muscular pain
  • Nausea
  • Cough

Some people are unaffected by the medication and don’t feel any side effects at all. Others might experience some mild symptoms, whilst some people may need to stop taking the drug due to the adverse effects. If you experience any of the above side effects, you should tell your own doctor, as the medicine might not be the most suitable for you.

Can I drive while taking candesartan?

Candesartan has the ability to make you feel dizzy. You should wait and see how you feel after taking the medication, and continue to monitor how you feel throughout the duration of your treatment. If at any point you feel dizzy or light headed, you should avoid driving.

However, if you’re unaffected and feel normal, you can assume that it’s safe to drive as you usually would.

Dosage Instructions
The recommended initial dose and usual maintenance dose of Candesartan is 8 mg once daily. In some patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled, the dose can be increased to 16 mg once daily and to a maximum of 32 mg once daily.
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Candesartan Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Candesartan 2mg 28 tablets £10.99
Candesartan 2mg 56 tablets £13.99
Candesartan 2mg 84 tablets £15.99
Candesartan 4mg 28 tablets £12.99
Candesartan 4mg 56 tablets £15.99
Candesartan 4mg 84 tablets £17.99
Candesartan 8mg 28 tablets £13.99
Candesartan 8mg 56 tablets £16.99
Candesartan 8mg 84 tablets £18.99
Candesartan 16mg 28 tablets £14.99
Candesartan 16mg 56 tablets £17.99
Candesartan 16mg 84 tablets £19.99
Candesartan 32mg 28 tablets £14.99
Candesartan 32mg 56 tablets £17.99
Candesartan 32mg 84 tablets £19.99

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