|Trade names||Atacand, others|
|Other names||Candesartan cilexetil|
|Drug class||Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)|
|Main uses||High blood pressure, heart failure, diabetic kidney disease|
|Side effects||Headache, dizziness, tiredness, cough, gastrointestinal upset|
|Bioavailability||15% (candesartan cilexetil)|
|Metabolism||Candesartan cilexetil: intestinal wall; candesartan: liver (CYP2C9)|
|Elimination half-life||9 hours|
|Excretion||Kidney 33%, faecal 67%|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||440.463 g·mol−1|
|3D model (JSmol)|
Candesartan is a medication used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and diabetic kidney disease. In high blood pressure, it is one of a number of possible first line agents. It is taken by mouth.
Common side effects include headache, dizziness, tiredness, cough, and gastrointestinal upset. Other side effects may include high potassium, low blood pressure, and kidney problems. Use in pregnancy may harm the baby. It is a angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB).
Candesartan was patented in 1990 and approved for medical use in 1997. It is available as a generic medication. In the United States a month of 32 mg costs about 25 USD as of 2021. In the United Kingdom this amount costs the NHS about £2.
As with other angiotensin II receptor antagonists, candesartan is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. Candesartan has an additive hypertensive effect when combined with a diuretic, such as chlorthalidone. It is available in a fixed-combination formulation with a low dose of the thiazide diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Candesartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination preparations are marketed under various trade names including Atacand Plus, Hytacand, Blopress Plus, Advantec and Ratacand Plus.
Angiotensin receptor blockers such as candesartan and valsartan have been demonstrated in randomised controlled trials to reduce heart failure hospitalisations and cardiovascular deaths for chronic heart failure patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF ≤40%) and are intolerant to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.
A 2005 meta-analysis found a reduction in atrial fibrillation in people with systolic left ventricular dysfunction treated with candesartan, another angiotensin receptor blocker or an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Evidence for the use of candesartan specifically is also supported by an analysis of the CHARM study which demonstrated a reduction in atrial fibrillation in patients with systolic left ventricular dysfunction. While these studies have demonstrated a potential additional benefit for candesartan when used in patients with systolic left ventricular dysfunction, additional studies are required to further elucidate the role of candesartan in the prevention of atrial fibrillation in other population groups.
Use of antihypertensive drugs has been demonstrated to slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy; the role of candesartan specifically in reducing progression in type 1 and type 2 diabetes is still up for debate. Results from a 2008 study on patients with type 1 diabetes showed there was no benefit in using candesartan to reduce progression of diabetic retinopathy when compared to placebo. Candesartan has been demonstrated to reverse the severity (cause regression) of mild to moderate diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. The patient populations investigated in these studies were limited to mostly Caucasians and those younger than 75 years of age, so generalization of these findings to other population groups should be done with caution.
The typical dose is 16 to 32 mg per day.
As with other drugs that inhibit the renin–angiotensin system, if candesartan is taken by pregnant women during the second or third trimester, it can cause injury and in some cases, death of the developing fetus. Symptomatic hypotension may occur in people who take candesartan and are volume-depleted or salt-depleted, as can also occur when diuretics are coadministered. Reduction in renal glomerular filtration rate may occur; people with renal artery stenosis may be at higher risk. Hyperkalemia may occur; people who are also taking spironolactone or eplerenone may be at higher risk.
As with other angiotensin receptor blockers, candesartan can rarely cause severe liver injury.
Candesartan is marketed as the cyclohexyl 1-hydroxyethyl carbonate (cilexetil) ester, known as "candesartan cilexetil". Candesartan cilexetil is metabolised completely by esterases in the intestinal wall during absorption to the active candesartan moiety.
The use of a prodrug form increases the bioavailability of candesartan. Despite this, absolute bioavailability is relatively poor at 15% (candesartan cilexetil tablets) to 40% (candesartan cilexetil solution). Its IC50 is 15 μg/kg.
The compound known as TCV-116 (candesartan) was studied by Japanese scientists using standard laboratory rats. Animal studies were published showing the effectiveness of the compound in 1992–1993, with a pilot study on humans published in the summer of 1993.
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