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Candesartan Cilexetil

Candesartan cilexetil Prescription
Generic Name: candesartan (kan de SAR tan)
Brand Name: Atacand
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Candesartan Cilexetil Drug Information:

Candesartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) in adults and children who are at least 1 year old. Lowering blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications. Candesartan is also used in adults with certain types of heart failure, to reduce serious complications or death due to heart damage. Candesartan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using candesartan and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Learn more

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Candesartan Cilexetil Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to candesartan: oral tablet


Oral route (Tablet)

Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury or death to the developing fetus. Stop therapy as soon as possible when pregnancy is detected.

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, candesartan may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking candesartan:


  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • bleeding gums
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • lightheadedness
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • nosebleeds
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • painful or difficult urination
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
  • swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • vomiting

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloody urine
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • difficult or troubled breathing
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased thirst
  • itching
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pale skin
  • redness of the skin
  • skin rash
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • upper right abdominal or stomach pain
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes or skin
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of candesartan may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Ear congestion or pain
  • head congestion
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to candesartan: oral tablet


The most common side effects were upper respiratory tract infection, dizziness, back pain, pharyngitis, and rhinitis.


Common (1% to 10%): Upper respiratory tract infection, pharyngitis, rhinitis, nasopharyngitis

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Cough


Common (1% to 10%): Renal impairment, creatinine increased, urea increased

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, headache

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Somnolence


Common (1% to 10%): Hypotension, sinus arrhythmia

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Palpitations


Common (1% to 10%): ALT increased

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal liver function, AST increased

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hepatitis


Common (1% to 10%): Hyperkalemia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hyponatremia


Common (1% to 10%): Back pain

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Arthralgia, myalgia

Frequency not reported: Rhabdomyolysis


Common (1% to 10%): Rash

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pruritus, urticaria


Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Agitation, anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness, nightmare, sleep disorder


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Neutropenia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Nausea

Frequency not reported: Oropharyngeal pain


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Candesartan Cilexetil (www.drugs.com/mtm/candesartan.html).