Side Effects of Candesartan

Common Side Effects of Candesartan

There have been extensive clinical trials that have evaluated thousands of people worldwide who were taking candesartan. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common side effects of candesartan include:
 
  • Low blood pressure -- occurring in up to 19 percent of people with congestive heart failure. This is not a common side effect in people with high blood pressure.
     
  • Increased potassium levels in the blood -- in up to 6.3 percent of people with congestive heart failure. This is not a common side effect in people with high blood pressure.
     
  • An upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold or flu -- up to 6 percent of people.
     
  • Dizziness -- up to 4 percent.
     
  • Back pain -- up to 3 percent.
      

Rare Side Effects of Candesartan

There are other candesartan side effects that can occur. These rare side effects happen in less than 1 percent of people. Given how uncommon they occur, it can be difficult to tell whether these side effects are caused by the medication or something else.
 
Some of these rare side effects of candesartan include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Muscle pain (myalgia)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression (see Atacand and Depression)
  • Hepatitis
  • Serious breakdown of muscle (known medically as rhabdomyolysis).
     
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