Candesartan
  • Candesartan
  • Candesartan
  • Candesartan
  • Candesartan

Candesartan

Medication features

  • Treats of high blood pressure
  • Helps to reduce heart attack risk
  • Allows blood to flow 

Overview

Order Candesartan Blood Pressure Tablets Online

Candesartan tablets can be ordered online from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. First, we ask you to complete an online consultation which will be assessed by one of our UK registered doctors. Our doctors will ensure that Candesartan is correct and safe for you. Once approved by our doctors they will send a prescription across to the pharmacy team who will send the medication to your delivery address.

Simple Online Pharmacy doctors can only prescribe candesartan to patients who already take this medication from their own GP. Please note, this medication can only be prescribed as an emergency supply of your repeat prescription. You should receive a regular supply of this medication from your GP. Some people take more than one type of blood pressure medicine. If you would like to order an emergency request of all of your blood pressure medicines, you just need to fill out a consultation for each one.

 

What is Candesartan?

Candesartan is a medicine that is prescribed to treat people with high blood pressure (hypertension) and it is also used to treat heart failure. By reducing blood pressure it can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the future. Candesartan cilexetil is the active ingredient. 

It is mostly used as a second-line treatment in patients who cannot take a type of medicine called an ACE inhibitor.

How does it work?

Candesartan belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin-2 receptor antagonists (ARBs). It works by relaxing and widening your blood vessels. This action lowers your blood pressure and also makes it easier for your heart to pump blood to all parts of your body. 

Reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure is important to prevent future heart problems. When someone has high blood pressure for a long time it puts extra stress on your heart, blood vessels and other organs (e.g kidneys). 

It is estimated that approximately 25% of adults in the world have hypertension and there are many different groups of medicines used to treat it. There are no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure but, in the long term, it can lead to severe health conditions such as:

Candesartan reduces the risk of suffering the above complications because it reduces your blood pressure.

There are a number of factors that increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Some of these you cannot change such as getting older and having a family history of hypertension. 

Other factors can be changed. Implementing lifestyle changes can help to lower your blood pressure such as exercising regularly, losing weight (if you’re obese or overweight) and reducing alcohol intake.

You can arrange for a blood pressure test at your GP surgery or at a local pharmacy. You can also buy a blood pressure monitor to enable you to check your blood pressure reading from home.

Dose

Candesartan should be taken as your doctor has told you. Several strengths are available:

  • 2mg
  • 4mg
  • 8mg
  • 16mg
  • 32mg

For patients with hypertension, the starting dose is usually low and can be increased gradually by your doctor until it is effective at reducing your blood pressure. When deciding on the candesartan dose your doctor may take a number of factors into account such as your weight, ethnicity, and other conditions you may have.

Alternatives

Examples of medicines used to treat high blood pressure include:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) e.g ramipril
  • Calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) e.g amlodipine
  • Diuretics e.g bendroflumethiazide
  • Beta blockers

Apart from candesartan, other ARBs include valsartan, irbesartan, telmisartan, and losartan.

FAQ

FAQ

What are the side effects of candesartan?

Common candesartan side effects include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • High potassium levels
  • Vertigo
  • Headaches 

What is candesartan used for?

Candesartan is used to reduce blood pressure in hypertension and can also be used to treat heart failure. It widens and relaxes blood vessels which lowers blood pressure. By doing so it reduces the risk of future complications of high blood pressure such as strokes and heart attacks.

Candesartan is a type of medicine called an angiotensin-2 receptor antagonist (ARBs).

Am I able to drink alcohol with candesartan?

Drinking alcohol can increase the blood pressure-lowering effect of candesartan, which can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Discuss with your doctor before drinking alcohol with it.

Does candesartan cause weight gain?

The manufacturers of candesartan do not state weight gain as a side effect of taking the medicine and it is not a side effect associated with other ARBs.

Is candesartan an ACE inhibitor?

Candesartan is not an ACE inhibitor. It is part of a group of medicines called angiotensin-2 receptor antagonists (ARBs). ARBs are generally prescribed when someone is not able to take an ACE inhibitor, for example because of side effects. They are often prescribed as high blood pressure medication.

Can candesartan cause coughs?

A cough is listed as a very rare side effect of taking candesartan meaning you are very unlikely to have a cough from taking it. This is different to ACE inhibitors like ramipril which can cause a persistent, dry cough as a common side effect.

Can I order candesartan online?

You can order candesartan blood pressure medication online from Simple Online Pharmacy. You will have to fill out a medical questionnaire which our UK registered doctors review to ensure it is safe for you. If approved, a prescription will be sent to our pharmacy team to check and dispense the medicine. This is then sent to your delivery address.

Simple Online Pharmacy doctors can only prescribe candesartan to patients who already take this medication from their own GP.

Content reviewed: 06/10/2020

Side Effects

Side Effects

Like any medicine, there is a risk of side effects when taking candesartan. 

Common candesartan side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Low blood pressure
  • High potassium levels

It can affect how your kidney works and your GP may take regular blood tests during treatment. Your doctor will review the tests to monitor your kidney function and potassium levels.

If you have any signs of an allergic reaction after taking Candesartan, seek medical help immediately. Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Severe skin itching with raised lumps
  • Difficulty breathing with or without swelling of the face, tongue, lips and/or throat
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips and/or throat which may cause problems swallowing

Section 4 of the patient information leaflet contains a full index of side effects. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you additional advice about side effects too.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Warnings

Other conditions and Candesartan

There are some situations and conditions in which you should not take it such as:

  • If you are 3 or more months pregnant
  • If you have severe liver disease
  • If you are allergic to candesartan or any of the other ingredients in the medicine 

Candesartan may be unsuitable for people with other conditions. This includes people with a recent kidney transplant, a history of stroke, and liver or kidney problems.

Consult the patient information leaflet for further information on candesartan and other conditions.

Interactions with other medicines

Various medicines can interact with candesartan. Examples include:

  • Other blood pressure lowering medicines e.g ACE inhibitors (like ramipril) and beta-blockers
  • A medicine called aliskiren
  • Medicines called NSAIDs e.g ibuprofen, naproxen
  • Diuretics (water tablets)
  • Heparin (blood thinning medication)
  • Lithium medication
  • Potassium supplements or medicines that can raise potassium levels

Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure about the other medicines you take. You can also see the patient information leaflet for further information.

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