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Candesartan

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What does it do?

  • What does it do?
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Candesartan is used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and some kidney problems. It relaxes blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.

How should you take it?

  • How should you take it?
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Take candesartan regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.

What if you forget a dose?

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If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

  • Can you take other medicines?
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Some medicines available without a prescription may react with candesartan including:

  • anti-inflammatories, such as diclofenac (e.g. Voltaren®), ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen®), or aspirin (e.g. Disprin®, in doses used for pain relief). These can also be found in some cold and flu medicines (e.g. Nurofen Cold and Flu®).
  • potassium supplements (e.g. Span K®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

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Side EffectsRecommended action

Swollen lips, tongue, throat or face

Tell your doctor immediately

Changes in heartbeat, muscle cramps or weakness

Tell your doctor

Symptoms of low blood pressure such as dizziness or fainting

Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Other information:
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  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had angioedema (swollen lips, tongue, throat or face).
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You will need regular blood tests while taking candesartan to check if it is causing problems with your kidneys or the amount of potassium in your blood.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

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Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. November 2019

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed