Without a Prescription
Candesartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists that prevents the constriction or narrowing of the veins and arteries (blood vessels). It bears the generic name of Candesartan.
Candesartan is mostly prescribed to patients suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension.
Before deciding to take Candesartan, inform your doctor if you are:
- Taking potassium supplements like k-dur and klor-con, or potassium-sparing diuretic such as amiloride (midamor), triamterene (dyrenium, dyazide, maxzide), or spironolactone (aldactone);
- Suffering from kidney or liver disease;
In some cases, it may not be advisable to take Candesartan or you may need to undergo close monitoring or dosage adjustments during the treatment period.
Candesartan belongs to FDA Pregnancy Category D. It is not recommended for pregnant or soon to be pregnant women as it is known to harm an unborn child. If prescribed during the second or third trimesters of gestation, it may cause death or injury to the fetus.
Have a talk with your doctor if you are breastfeeding prior to taking Candesartan as Candesartan passes into breast milk.
Candesartan must be taken as directed by your physician. If there is any unclear instruction, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain it to you.
Candesartan is taken with 8 ounces of water on a full or empty stomach.
Unless advised by your doctor, never discontinue use of Candesartan as this may result to some complications.
This medication should not be double dosed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember as long as it is not almost time for the next scheduled dose. Otherwise, forego missed dose and proceed with the next.
Signs of over dosage include:
- Fain ting;
If you experience any of these, seek medical assistance right away.
If you observe severe signs as listed below, consult your doctor for proper medical attention:
- Little or no urine;
- Allergic reaction such as difficulty in breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or hives;
Minor side effects may also occur. In any case, continue use of Candesartan and seek medical help:
- Muscle or joint pains or cramps;
- Diarrhea or upset stomach;
- Congestion or cough;
For other probable side effects not included in the list that are particularly causing discomfort, inform your physician.
Prior to deciding the use Candesartan, inform your doctor if you are:
- Taking potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) such as amiloride (midamor);
- Taking potassium supplements like k-dur, klor-con;
Spironolactone (Aldactone), or triamterene (Dyrenium, Dyazide, Maxzide)
- Using salt substitute;
You may not be allowed to take Candesartan as it may affect the potassium levels in the body. You may also be required to undergo special monitoring during your treatment period or be given dosage adjustments.
Always inform your physician prior to taking other prescribed or over-the-counter medicines.
Minimize consumption of alcohol while under medication as it may further lower your blood pressure and cause drowsiness or dizziness.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Candesartan may also be known as: