Your candesartan dosing guidelines will be based on several factors, including the medical conditions you have and your current medications. It may take several weeks for you to see the full effects of candesartan, at which time your dosage may be increased or decreased. It is important to follow the dosage instructions in order for candesartan to work properly. Do not adjust your candesartan dosage or stop taking the medication without consulting a healthcare provider.
Candesartan Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of candesartan (Atacand®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking
- How you respond to candesartan.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Candesartan Dosing for High Blood Pressure in AdultsThe recommended starting dosage of candesartan for most adults with high blood pressure (hypertension) is candesartan 16 mg once a day. Based on the blood pressure response or candesartan side effects, the dosage may be increased or decreased. With each change in dosage, it may take several weeks to see the full effects of candesartan on lowering blood pressure. Most people require a final dose of candesartan 2 mg to 32 mg either as one daily dose or two smaller doses.
If you have moderate to severe liver disease (including cirrhosis), your healthcare provider may choose to start with a lower dose of candesartan and monitor you more closely.
Candesartan Dosing for High Blood Pressure in ChildrenYour child's healthcare provider will calculate an appropriate candesartan dosage based on your child's weight. In most cases, your pharmacist will need to "compound" a special oral suspension (liquid) using candesartan tablets, since a liquid form of candesartan is not commercially available at this time.