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Molecule Description

Candesartan is an Angiotensin II receptor antagonist used mainly for the treatme...
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    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action

Uses of Candesartan

This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure, prevent strokes, heart attacks.

Contraindications of Candesartan

When should one not use Candesartan

  • A condition where a blood vessel in the kidney is narrow(renal artery stenosis)
  • Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems cause a decrease in the amount of urine to pass
  • Pregnancy
  • Children less than one year of age
  • Known allergy to the medicine or any of its ingredients
  • If you are taking a medicine called Aliskiren

Side effects of Candesartan

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or tired feeling
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased potassium in the blood

Precautions and Warnings of Candesartan



Can I take Candesartan during pregnancy?
It is not recommended in pregnancy, and it may cause serious harm to your baby. If you are already on this medicine and planning pregnancy, then consult your doctor as you may need a change in the medicine.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Candesartan while breastfeeding?
It is not recommendable to use this medicine for mothers who are breast-feeding as information about its safety is not available.


Can I drive if I have consumed Candesartan?
It may cause dizziness. Be cautious while driving.


Can I consume alcohol with Candesartan?
It is advised to consult with your doctor because it may make you feel dizzy.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have heart, liver or kidney problems, stroke or are on dialysis
  • You recently had a kidney transplant
  • You recently had severe vomiting, or have diarrhoea
  • Your doctor may frequently ask you for a few tests like kidney function, potassium levels

Mode of Action of Candesartan

How Does It Work?

This medicine works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.

Interactions of Candesartan

Interactions with other medicines

  • The Tetracycline group of medicines Penicillamine and Levothyroxine
  • Medicines to help lower your blood pressure, including beta-blockers, Diazoxide and ACE inhibitors such as Captopril, Enalapril, Lisinopril or Ramipril
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac, Celecoxib or Etoricoxib (medicines to relieve pain and inflammation)
  • Aspirin (medicine to reduce pain and inflammation)
  • Potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium (medicines that can increase the amount of potassium in the blood)
  • Heparin (a medicine for thinning the blood)
  • Water tablets (Diuretics)

Interactions with food items

This medicine has interactions with food rich in potassium (spinach, banana, green leafy vegetables, peas) and foods containing high amount of fat. One must avoid such foods while taking this medicine...
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Dosage of Candesartan


Overdose symptoms may include fainting, fast or slow heartbeat, severe dizziness, or lightheadedness. Seek emergency medical attention.

Missed a Dose

If you skipped the dose, then don’t take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose. Follow the regular dosing schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Candesartan?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations, and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before you start this medication.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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