What is Candesartan?
Candesartan is a medication used to help lower high blood pressure or treat patients in heart failure. It can sometimes be used in combination therapy, which means it can be prescribed in conjunction with other drugs. Candesartan belongs to a family of drugs called angiotensin receptor 2 blockers. The drug helps relax the blood vessels in the body. This reduces strain on the heart, which helps increase the survival of patients with heart failure. It also reduces the risk of future stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems.
How does Candesartan work?
Candesartan (Atacand) is a type of antihypertensive drug known as an angiotensin II receptor blocker. Angiotensin II is a substance made by the liver that has effects upon the kidneys and brain. Specifically, angiotensin II, acts upon the kidneys and the adrenal gland in the brain to encourage salt and water to be retained by the body and the blood vessels to narrow. This has the effect of increasing blood pressure. Therefore, substances that block the effects of angiotensin II, are capable of reducing your blood pressure.
How long does Candesartan take to work?
Candesartan is used as part of a long term treatment plan. The medication starts to take effect after 2 hours, however, is it not a quick fix. For the full effect of the drug, it takes up to 4 weeks. If Candesartan is taken for heart failure, it can take weeks to notice a reduction in symptoms. Candesartan should not be stopped without consulting your doctor. Taking too much of Candesartan causes dizziness, low blood pressure and a spike in your heart rate. Try and remember to take your doses at the allocated times, however, if you miss a dose do not double your next dose and it causes toxic side effects.
How effective is Candesartan?
Over 24 hours, Candesartan shows an effective reduction in blood pressure. There is little difference found between the maximum and through effects between doses. Candesartan is found to be more tolerable but as effective as other blood pressure-lowering drugs.