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Candesartan cilexetil 32 mg tablets
Candesartan cilexetil 4 mg tablets
Candesartan cilexetil 8 mg tablets
Candesartan cilexetil 16 mg tablets
Candesartan cilexetil 32 mg tablets
1. What Candesartan cilexetil is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Candesartan cilexetil
3. How to take Candesartan cilexetil
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Candesartan cilexetil
6. Contents of the pack and other information
The name of your medicine is Candesartan cilexetil. The active ingredient is candesartan cilexetil. This belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It works by making your blood vessels relax and widen. This helps to lower your blood pressure. It also makes it easier for your heart to pump blood to all parts of your body.
This medicine is used for
If you are not sure if any of these apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Candesartan cilexetil.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Candesartan cilexetil.
Your doctor may check your kidney function, blood pressure, and the amount of electrolytes (e.g. potassium) in yourblood at regular intervals.
See also information under the heading “Do not take Candesartan cilexetil
Your doctor may want to see you more often and do some tests if you have any of these conditions.
If you are going to have an operation, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Candesartan cilexetil.
This is because Candesartan cilexetil, when combined with some anaesthetics, may cause a drop in blood pressure.
Candesartan cilexetil has been studied in children. For more information, talk to your doctor. Candesartan cilexetil must not be given to children under 1 year of age due to the potential risk to the developing kidneys.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Candesartan cilexetil can affect the way some other medicines work and some medicines can have an effect on Candesartan cilexetil. If you are using certain medicines, your doctor may need to do blood tests from time to time.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines:
Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to take other precautions:
Candesartan cilexetil can be taken with or without food.
When you are prescribed Candesartan cilexetil, discuss with your doctor before drinking alcohol. Alcohol may make you feel faint or dizzy.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Candesartan cilexetil before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise you to take other medicines instead of Candesartan cilexetil. Candesartan cilexetil is not recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used after the third month of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Candesartan cilexetil is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to breast-feed, especially if your baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.
Some people may feel tired or dizzy when taking Candesartan cilexetil. If this happens to you, do not drive or use any tools or machines.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this product.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. It is important to keep taking Candesartan cilexetil every day.
You can take Candesartan cilexetil with or without food.
Swallow the tablet with a drink of water.
Try to take the tablet at the same time each day. This will help you to remember to take it.
The recommended dose of Candesartan cilexetil is 8 mg once a day. Your doctor may increase this dose to 16 mg once a day and further up to 32 mg once a day depending on blood pressure response.
In some patients, such as those with liver problems, kidney problems or those who recently have lost body fluids, e.g., through vomiting or diarrhoea or by using water tablets, the doctor may prescribe a lower starting dose.
Some black patients may have a reduced response to this type of medicine, when given as the only treatment, and these patients may need a higher dose.
Children 6 to <18 years of age:
The recommended starting dose is 4 mg once daily.
For patients weighing < 50 kg: In some patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled, your doctor may decide the dose needs to be increased to a maximum of 8 mg once daily.
For patients weighing ≥ 50 kg: In some patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled, your doctor may decide the dose needs to be increased to 8 mg once daily and to 16 mg once daily.
The recommended starting dose of Candesartan cilexetil is 4 mg once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose by doubling the dose at intervals of at least 2 weeks up to 32 mg once a day. Candesartan cilexetil can be taken together with other medicines for heart failure, and your doctor will decide which treatment is suitable for you.
If you take more Candesartan cilexetil than prescribed by your doctor, contact a doctor or a pharmacist immediately for advice.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Just take the next dose as normal.
If you stop taking Candesartan cilexetil your blood pressure may increase again. Therefore do not stop taking Candesartan cilexetil without first talking to your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. It is important that you are aware of what these side effects may be.
Candesartan cilexetil may cause a reduction in number of white blood cells. Your resistance to infection may be decreased and you may notice tiredness, an infection or a fever. If this happens contact your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally do blood tests to check whether Candesartan cilexetil has had any effect on your blood (agranulocytosis).
Other possible side effects include:
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
In children treated for high blood pressure, side effects appear to be similar to those seen in adults, but they happen more often. Sore throat is a very common side effect in children but not reported in adults and runny nose, fever and increased heart rate are common in children but not reported in adults.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the packaging after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
4 mg tablets are round, white, biconvex tablets, scored on one side, engraved with mark 4.
8 mg tablets are round, pinkish-white, biconvex tablets, scored on one side.
16 mg tablets are round, slightly pink, biconvex tablets, scored on one side. One side of the score line is marked with 1, the other side of the score line is marked with 6.
32 mg tablets are round, slightly pink, biconvex tablets, scored on one side. One side of the score line is marked with 3, the other side of the score line is marked with 2.
The scoreline is only to facilitate breaking for ease of swallowing and not to divide into equal doses.
Boxes of 7, 10, 14, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 84, 90, 98, 100 tablets in blisters are available.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2020.