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Candesartan should be used with caution in:

It should not be used in:

  • women who are more than 3 months pregnant (it is also better to avoid candesartan in early pregnancy), patients who are allergic to candesartan or to any of the ingredients in the medicine; severe liver disease or biliary obstruction (a problem with the drainage of the bile from the gall bladder).

Also see list of precautions and interactions


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Candesartan is used to lower blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump your blood around your body.

It is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, sometimes known as an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB).

It is used to lower your blood pressure.

In general this drug is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used to treat heart failure when combined with a specific type of medicines called angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) or when ACE inhibitors are considered not suitable

Benefits of being on this drug can include lowering of blood pressure and treating heart failure

Listed below are the typical uses of Candesartan.

  • Treatment of high blood pressure in adult patients
  • Treatment of heart failure with reduced heart muscle function in addition to an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or when ACE inhibitors cannot be used, in adult patients.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.


How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication orally usually once a day, with or without food.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take up to 4 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • When driving vehicles or operating machines it should be taken into account that dizziness or weariness may occur during treatment. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.


If any of these persist or you consider them severe then contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking candesartan and tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: swollen face, lips, tongue, eyes and or throat; jaundice.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.


This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe liver disease or biliary obstruction; are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant; breastfeeding.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: kidney disease or kidney transplant; liver disease; renal artery stenosis; abnormally low blood pressure; obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; primary hyperaldosteronism; hyperkalaemia (high potassium levels); severe congestive heart failure; intolerance to any of the ingredients.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • If you are being treated for heart failure, your doctor may recommend that you avoid alcohol.

The elderly. Candesartan can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below


Candesartan is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Candesartan is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following medicines may interact with candesartan:

  • Lithium for mania and depression
  • Potassium sparing diuretics, such as amiloride, triamteren, spironolactone
  • Potassium supplements
  • Salt substitutes containing potassium
  • Heparin, a medicine used to thin the blood
  • ACE inhibitors such as enalapril, captopril, lisinopril or ramipril
  • Diuretics, also known as water tablets
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac
  • COX-2 inhibitors, such as celecoxib or etoricoxib
  • More than 3 g of aspirin

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.


If you take too many tablets by mistake, contact a doctor as soon as possible.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of candesartan or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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