The candesartan is a drug that belongs to a class of receptor inhibitors’ angiotensin II and exerts its action by blocking the action of natural molecules that cause narrowing of the blood vessels. In this way it allows blood to flow more easily to the heart and pump it more efficiently.
What is candesartan used for?
Candesartan can be used alone or in combination with other drugs in case of high blood pressure, but does not allow it to be treated. The effect is a control of blood pressure, which can take up to 4 or 6 weeks before decreasing significantly. It can also be used, also in combination with other medicines, to treat congestive heart failure. Sometimes it also finds application in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy.
How is candesartan taken?
It is taken in the form of tablets. Usually it must be taken 1 or 2 times a day, on a full or empty stomach. Initially the doctor may prescribe a low dosage and then gradually increase it.
Side effects of candesartan
Its possible side effects include:
- sore throat
It is advisable to seek medical attention immediately in case of:
- difficulty in breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue , lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles and calves
- reduction in urine production
Contraindications and warnings
Before taking it, it is important to tell your doctor:
- about the presence of allergies to the active substance, to the excipients of the drug or to other medicines;
- if you have diabetes and are taking aliskiren;
- if you are taking any other medicines, herbal medicines or supplements; in particular: diuretics, antidiabetics, ACE inhibitors, aspirin or other NSAIDs, drugs against high blood pressure and potassium supplements ;
- if you suffer (or have suffered in the past) from heart, kidney or liver disease
- if you are breastfeeding.
It is also advisable to avoid taking bas and potassium salt substitutes without consulting a doctor and to notify the doctor, surgeon or dentist if you are taking candesartan.