A healthcare provider prescribes candesartan to treat conditions such as high blood pressure or congestive heart failure. The medication works by lowering blood pressure and increasing the efficiency of the heart. However, it is not a cure for high blood pressure or congestive heart failure. Side effects of the medicine include dizziness and back pain.
What Is Candesartan?Candesartan (Atacand®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARBs for short.
Are There Side Effects?As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with candesartan. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate candesartan well. When side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common candesartan side effects include:
- Upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold or flu
- Back pain
- Low blood pressure (in people with congestive heart failure)
- High potassium levels in the blood (in people with congestive heart failure).
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