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   Candesartan

Candesartan
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Candesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This drug works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Candesartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers.This medication is also used to treat congestive heart failure.This drug may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.

 
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Candesartan

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Candesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. This drug works by relaxing blood vessels so blood can flow more easily. Candesartan belongs to a class of drugs called angiotensin receptor blockers.This medication is also used to treat congestive heart failure.This drug may also be used to help protect the kidneys from damage due to diabetes.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Lifestyle changes such as stress reduction programs, exercise and dietary changes may increase the effectiveness of this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about lifestyle changes that might benefit you.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., kidney function, potassium blood level) should be performed from time to time to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.Have your blood pressure checked regularly while taking this medication.
  • Learn how to monitor your own blood pressure at home.
  • Discuss this with your doctor.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include unusually fast or slow heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor.
  • You may take this drug with or without food.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.Do not take potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first.
  • This medicine can raise your potassium levels, which can rarely cause serious side effects such as muscle weakness or very slow heartbeat.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if any of these effects occur.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
  • For the treatment of high blood pressure, it may take 4 to 6 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
  • Most people with high blood pressure do not feel sick.Inform your doctor if your condition worsens (e.g., your routine blood pressure readings increase).

Side Effects
  • See also How to Use section.You may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, and blurred vision as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, decreased sexual ability.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine, stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual tiredness, muscle pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking candesartan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, high blood levels of potassium, heart problems, severe dehydration (and loss of minerals such as sodium).This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.The elderly, especially those with heart failure, may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness, an increase in potassium blood level, and kidney effects.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the first three months of pregnancy.
  • It is not recommended for use during the last six months of the pregnancy due to the risk for harm to an unborn baby.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • See also the Warning section.It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding is not recommended due to the potential harm to the nursing infant.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • See also How to Use section.Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: digoxin, lithium, "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide; potassium-sparing diuretics such as amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen for pain/fever reduction) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your blood pressure.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
  • Low-dose aspirin, as prescribed by your doctor for specific medical reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams per day), should be continued.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

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