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Candesartan User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Atacand

Candesartan has an average rating of 5.0 out of 10 from a total of 150 reviews on Drugs.com. 34% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 43% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Candesartan

  • Pillboy
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 2, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "Taken after many others didn’t work... I’ve been on 8mg candesartan for 6 months. My BP is not lower so the doctor decides 16mg is the way to go!? One week gone, blood pressure higher. I feel like garbage. Tired, body feels like I’m about 115 years old. I stopped the drug a while back. After a few days, I felt normal again. The 16mg tablet seems to be causing me peeing problems. Very weak flow and not emptying my bladder. I have issues but so much better normally. Hopefully someone can give me some advice, but I’m stopping and will watch my blood pressure from home... often 138/90ish. Oh, the 16mg BP is 172/112 and face flushing. Love to hear from others. Thanks in advance."

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  • paul
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 6, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "I was given candesartan to control my blood pressure. They have caused severe nasal problems for months, constantly needing to clear my throat, and dry mouth. Not great during a pandemic when you can't get to see a doctor. Has anyone else experienced nasal problems with this medication as I know it is one of the listed side effects?"

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  • cande...
  • June 3, 2021

For High Blood Pressure "2 days after starting candesartan, I woke up with serious heart palpitations and could not breathe. My whole body was vibrating. It took several hours for things to calm down. After 6 1/2 months of only sleeping 4 hours a night, waking up every morning with heart palpitations, trouble breathing, vibrating, and spending the first two hours trying to calm breathing down, slowing down heart rate, and calming the anxiety, I decided to check the side effects list of this drug again, and I believe these are the side effects of this."

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  • Herby
  • September 10, 2019

For High Blood Pressure "I have been taking 4mg Candesartan for around 18 months along with 5mg Amlodipine taken at the same time of day. I used to take the ACE inhibitor Lisinopril but found the constant coughing and clearing of my throat too much, hence switching to Candesartan. To my utter disappointment, I found the coughing, clearing of my throat, along with wheezing in bed at night, did not go away. Now I am a 61-year-old ‘fit’ male who has never ever smoked and does a lot of mountain/fell walking etc. I decided to drop Candesartan altogether and can you believe my coughing has stopped by around 80%, so I am now torn at what to do next whether to see my GP and try something else or not. However, all this being said, I have not eliminated the Amlodipine yet, but I have researched on the web with an overall consensus that Amlodipine does ‘not’ cause upper respiratory problems or coughs. So I guess I have a little more experimenting to do yet. I hope this helps some of you."

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  • Wombat
  • February 14, 2022

For High Blood Pressure "I have been on this 8 mg for very high blood pressure and it seems to reduce BP only slightly if at all. Constant nasal congestion and needing to clear my throat. Unusual fatigue from walking, walking usually energizes me. Knee pain which I never had before. Depression in the evening which is also new. Anxiety. Shoulder pain. Leg pain. And now this: I suddenly have arthritis in my fingers, never had before (a rare but known side effect), and this is freaking me out so thoroughly that I am weaning myself off this drug immediately. What the heck good is a drug that does not do what it is supposed to do and impacts your bones, joints, and mobility, for goodness' sake??!! Mobility is precious, folks -- guard it with your life. Am going to try some other drug. There must be something better than this."

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  • Debbie
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • December 13, 2020

For Migraine Prevention "Have suffered from severe migraines all my life - I am now 55. Have been on 4 mg Candesartan daily for nearly eight months now - in that time have had NO migraines, which is unheard of for me! I can hardly believe there is a medication which works so well. Used to get at least one super bad migraine a fortnight. This has changed my life - I no longer live in terror of a migraine wrecking my health, my emotional state, my social life, work, and other commitments. I have no side effects from this medication and am very happy to recommend it. I wish I'd discovered it forty years ago and saved myself all that misery!"

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  • Val
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • March 25, 2018

Atacand (candesartan) for High Blood Pressure "I had shortness of breath, puffy left foot, itchy scalp, weight gain, abdominal fullness, loose bowels, and still had high blood pressure. When I was taking 32mg, I also had dark urine, joint pain, and muscle calf pain. I could not walk far. I had been walking between 3 and 4 kilometers daily but ended up not being able to walk half a kilometer. This drug did not make me feel better. I started off on 8mg - that was okay, then 16mg was okay but at the 32mg dose, I had huge problems."

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  • Rita
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 22, 2018

For High Blood Pressure "Been on Candesartan for over a year. The side effects are terrible headaches, tingling of face and arm, insomnia, constant fatigue, dry cough, constant need of clearing throat. The list goes on! I don't recommend it!"

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  • Chronic
  • February 24, 2020

For Migraine Prevention "Candesartan has been life-changing. Been on every med possible for migraines, did allergy testing, reiki healing, chiropractor (this one was a terrible choice as it damaged my neck discs - long story but never again), I did yoga, Pilates, massage, I tried everything. Had migraines since I was 17 now 46. They have progressively gotten worse over the years with nausea, vomiting, numbness in arm, sensitive to light so wore shades all the time. I was hospitalized recently as thought I was having a stroke. Put on these candesartan tablets starting at 3mg and increasing every two weeks until I reached 16mg. I used to wake up each morning with migraines, got up to 15 migraines, bad ones a month and headaches for the rest. I got tired of living as I could never plan anything or arrange to meet up with anyone as I would wake with a migraine. Since I have been on these, they have given me my life back. I can look towards the bright sky, I wake with no pain, I can plan events, and I am calmer. Give these a go if you have migraines."

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  • ckeays
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • November 2, 2021

For High Blood Pressure "My blood pressure is not seriously high; however, attempts to lower my BP with diet and exercise have failed, so I tried Candesartan. I started off with 2 mg, then 4 mg, and then 8 mg. I found that when I increased the dose, my BP readings increased! The side effects are horrible. I am a fit guy, age 56. I don't drink, no drugs, and I am very active. Taking Candesartan is making me sleep 2-3 hours in the middle of the day, even though I had a good night's sleep. I will NEVER take this drug again. It's too bad that the rating scale isn't in the minus; I would rate -10!!"

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  • CC234
  • June 3, 2017

For High Blood Pressure "I experienced side effects that included muscular pain, especially in the arms, shoulders, and neck, as well as fatigue, inability to concentrate in the evenings, and slight depression. As soon as I reduced the medication, I began to feel better. After a week of taking half of the dose, my doctor took me off. I now feel 10 years younger. I have no pain, I am much less tired, and I can concentrate again!"

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  • Kimmy
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 27, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "Have only been on this blood pressure medication candesartan for a month. Have been experiencing dizziness and a really sore neck. Thinking, what have I done to myself? Then, ahh moment hit me, must be this blood pressure pill. Thanks for all these reviews. Made me realize it's medication and not a brain tumor. Ha ha."

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  • Fanny
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 21, 2019

For High Blood Pressure "I've been on Candesartan 8 mg for about 4 months. I take it at night, and it really helps me sleep! BP came down nicely. My problem is, it makes me feel tired all day. I really push myself to keep active, but all I want to do most afternoons is nap!"

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  • justa...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • November 10, 2018

For Migraine Prevention "Has been a life changer for me. I suffered from chronic migraines. A day didn't go by without it happening; I would sometimes be awake all night as well. This led to a lot of time off work, with increased stress, which only made things worse. I was prescribed Topiramate, which I had to quit after only 3 days due to awful side effects for me. Propranolol worked amazingly, but I suffer from asthma, and it made my attacks very worrying as my inhaler would not work to combat the asthma. Candesartan, at only 8mg a day, has made my life worth living. It has reduced the constant daily throbbing to practically nothing. I have my sense of humor back and a reason for getting out of work. Also, for me, zero side effects. Incredible."

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  • Tired
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • November 26, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "I have been taking candesartan for years and now have concluded that it is causing my nasal issues. My nose always feels clogged, and I am a mouth breather which, in turn, causes a lot of dental issues. Now with the COVID-19 virus and having to wear a mask, this has become an even bigger issue. I thought my problems may be caused by this drug, and after reading a lot of the reviews, I am sure it is. It may also be the cause of sleeping and stomach issues as well. It has been effective to lower my BP, but I don’t like the side effects since I am a very active person, and it is slowing me down."

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  • missm...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 2, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "I have been on candesartan (high blood pressure) for about 2 months, and I have had nothing but issues. Lots of side effects. I had been on this a few years ago, and the same thing happened. I will not be taking these again."

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  • Fusspot
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • September 4, 2019

For High Blood Pressure "Have been on this for 2 years on and off. Sometimes it controls my blood pressure, most times not. Side effects for me are blocked nose, some throat thickening in that my throat feels tight. Slight depression and quite a bit of anxiety. Have tried other BP medication but can't get right combination."

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  • Jodie
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 1, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "After only being on this candesartan for 2 days for high blood pressure, my blood pressure is now normal (108/76). I was also pleasantly surprised to find my chronic sinus headaches have gone too, plus my insomnia is gone also. Negatives are tiredness, muscle aches, and back pain."

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  • Lisa...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 22, 2024

For Migraine Prevention "Suffered since I was a teenager with migraines, I am now 54, and after the last episode that lasted three days during which I was really ill, I visited my GP. I have seen numerous neurologists, been on many preventative treatments (up to two weeks ago I was on topiramate) but nothing worked. I was becoming dependent on triptans, which had also stopped working. I have been taking candesartan for two weeks, and I haven’t had one headache. I usually wake up daily with a headache that leads to a migraine. They were ruining my life, and I was becoming increasingly depressed with the attacks. I know everyone is different, so one drug that works for one will not work for another, but if you suffer from migraines (I was averaging 15 a month), try candesartan. It has transformed how I am feeling in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed it continues."

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  • MikeB
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • May 8, 2020

For Heart Failure "Have finally stopped candesartan and I can't believe how much better I feel! I have been on 8 mg for 3 years and have tried to increase dosage (consultants wanted me to increase to 32 mg) but have resisted because of side effects when I increased dosage. I wasn't aware of how bad the side effects of 8 mg were and put them down to my heart condition and aging! Now I don't get dizziness and feeling that I'm going to pass out, don't get breathless, heart rate is much more regular, and I don't feel tired and fatigued all the time! Only negative is my average blood pressure reading has increased from 128/69 to 131/71. Stopping candesartan was like taking a miracle cure."

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  • Jan
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • October 15, 2020

For Migraine Prevention "I am 66 and had migraines from the age of 32 - so for 34 years. I managed them well with either pink/yellow migraleve. None of the other migraine drugs worked for me. 5 years ago I developed overnight status migraines. Which were horrendous. My life as I knew it ended. I have always been sociable and capable. It all disappeared. I was constantly terrified of an attack which was preceded by an aura and vomiting. I was prescribed amitriptyline - beta blockers - zolmitriptan - nothing worked. My life, to all intents and purposes, was over. My neurologist suggested candesartan. After 2 days I felt different on 12mg per day. It is over 3 years now and I am back. I still get a migraine but they are manageable. I am so grateful."

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  • MR R
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 20, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "Took Candesartan for 3 days. While on it, tingling in hands, aching jaw, dizziness for a few hours. Stomach fullness started and stomach distended. 3 days off and stomach not right, now got higher back pain. Going back to the doctors to get something different!"

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  • Cronk
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 9, 2022

For High Blood Pressure "Have tried so many hypertension medications. Amlodiopine (severe lower back and thigh muscle pain, too painful to walk any distance), perindopril (coughing all night), losartan (no side effects, ineffective for lowering blood pressure) lercanidipine (same group as amlodiopine, same side effects), Candesartan (increased blood pressure from 160\100 to 230\120) with one severe vomiting headache, now trying doxazosin next step paying to see a consultant. Not getting anywhere and constantly in fear of a stroke."

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  • Micko
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • May 4, 2020

For High Blood Pressure "Have been on Candesartan 4mg for 6 months with no noticeable side effects. It wasn't bringing my BP down enough, 170/90 in the morning and 150/85 for the rest of the day. GP increased to 8mg and it seems to be having more effect, but I need to give it a few weeks to be sure. On 8mg, I sweat a lot, mainly in the afternoon. It's not a normal sweat but a cold clammy type. I tried taking the tablet at night or in the morning, but it makes no difference."

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  • Do...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 17, 2023

For High Blood Pressure "I am taking Candesartan 4mg for high blood pressure. While it brings my BP down, it comes with a string of terrible side effects. Headaches, unable to empty the bladder completely, difficulty breathing, severe bloating, severe water retention, blood-spotted rash on both lower legs, palpitations, and the list goes on. I'm no longer taking candesartan I have weaned myself off it. Not sure why my doctor prescribes medications that make you feel worse and cause so many side effects. I do not recommend this medication."

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