What is Candesartan cilexetil?
Candesartan cilexetil is a so called angiotensin II receptor antagonist.This substance works on the blood vessels, in a way that they relax and thus dilate. Subsequently the blood pressure is lowered. This also ensures that the heart can pump blood through your body more easily.
When is it used?
Candesartan cilexetil is used to treat hypertension (an elevated blood pressure)Aside from that it can also be prescribed for adult patients who suffer from heart failure due to a weakened heart muscle.
How do you use this medication?
Always follow the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist when you use Candesartan cilexetil. Candesartan cilexetil can be taken with or without food, always take the tablets with water.
For treatment of high blood pressure, the usual dose 8 mg. Depending on your needs, the doctor can prescribe a lower dose (4 mg) or a higher dose (16 or 32 mg). Often a very low dosage is prescribed to patients with liver or kidney problems or an excessive loss of fluids. A higher dosage is applied when the effect on the blood pressure is not sufficient enough, as well as in some negroid patients who may show a decreased response to the drug.
When treating heart failure, the starting dosage of Candesartan cilexetil is usually 4 mg. This dosage can be increased up to 32 g per day by your physician, the dosage is than doubled after every 2 weeks. To treat heart failure, other drugs man be prescribed in combination with candesartan cilexetil, such as ACE inhibitors by your physician (this is not always the case).
Common side effects of Candesartan cilexetil are dizziness, headache and low blood pressure. Also, certain blood values may change, such as potassium and if this is severe you may feel tired or weak and suffer from an irregular heartbeat and tingling.
Rare side effects of Candesartan cilexetil include respiratory infections, swelling of the face, lips and tongue, and intense itching. Immediately stop using the drug when you experience these symptoms and consult a doctor.
Precautions when using Candesartan cilexetil
- Candesartan cilexetil is not suitable for use during pregnancy, since problems may occur during the development of the baby.
- By using Candesartan cilexetil you may feel dizzy or weak, so it is better if you do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery.
- Be careful when using alcohol in combination with candesartan cilexetil.
- Candesartan cilexetil tablets contain lactose and are therefore not suitable for patients with lactose intolerance.