Candesartan is a medicine widely used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart failure.
Candesartan helps to prevent future strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. It also improves your survival if you’re taking it for heart failure.
This medicine is only available on prescription. It comes as tablets.
Who can and can’t take candesartan?
Candesartan can be taken by adults aged 18 and over.
It can also be taken by children aged 6 years and over, but only to treat high blood pressure.
Candesartan is meant for people who have tried taking blood pressure-lowering medicines called ACE inhibitors (such as ramipril and lisinopril) in the past, but had to stop taking them because of side effects such as a dry cough.
Candesartan isn’t suitable for some people.
To make sure candesartan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- diarrhoea (or if you’ve recently had it) or you’re being sick (vomiting)
- been on a low salt diet
- recently had a kidney transplant
- if you have had an allergic reaction to candesartan or any other medicines in the past
- severe liver disease or a problem with the drainage of the bile from your gall bladder (biliary obstruction)
- heart, liver or kidney problems
- low blood pressure (hypotension)
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or you’re breastfeeding
Like all medicines, candesartan can cause side effects although not everyone gets them. Side effects often improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
Common side effects
These common side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
- feeling dizzy or having a spinning sensation (vertigo)
- feeling sick (nausea)
- being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea
- pain in your joints or muscles