CandesartanCandesartan is a medication which is given to the patients who have high blood pressure and who have problems with kidneys which are a consequence of diabetes.
PrecautionsSince Candesartan may cause damage to the baby, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. It is not recommended to drink alcohol while you are taking Candesartan because you may increase the risk of side effects. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications or supplements. Also notify your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions, especially about liver or kidney disease or heart diseases. It is important to take Candesartan exactly as your doctor prescribed and to have regular check ups.
Side EffectsMost patients tolerate Candesartan quite well, but in case you notice any changes, contact your doctor as soon as possible. The most dangerous side effects are pain or tenderness in the muscles, weakness, fever, nausea, vomiting, and blood in the urine. These side effects may indicate that your muscles have been affected, which can lead to kidney damage. Other serious side effects include faintness, pain in the chest, tingling sensation, slow heartbeat and swelling of the feet or hands. Side effects which are not considered to be dangerous include tiredness, headache, dizziness, pain in the stomach, diarrhea, pain in the back, pain in the joints, coughing and nasal congestion. Dizziness can be caused by getting up too fast from lying or sitting position or it can be a result of taking too much Candesartan.
Other side effects which may occur are fever, chills, dry mouth, excessive thirst, fatigue, sore throat, jaundice, blisters on the skin, peeling of the skin and swelling of the legs or arms. Some patients may notice behavior or mood changes, such as depression, restlessness and confusion, or decreased sexual performance. You may also develop problems with urination, which include changes in the amount or color of the urine. In case you notice any unusual changes, visit your doctor because the dose of Candesartan would have to be adjusted.
Allergic Reaction and OverdoseIf you are allergic to Candesartan, you may experience an allergic reaction which usually includes skin irritation, rash or itchiness, breathing difficulties, swelling of the throat, face, tongue or lips, and tension in the chest. In case of overdose with Candesartan you may feel dizziness or faintness, or you may have irregular pulse. If any of these symptoms occur suddenly or if they are persistent and severe, contact your doctor as soon as possible.