Candesartan is an ACE inhibitor drug. This type of drug helps lower blood pressure by inhibiting the production of Angiotensin II, an enzyme that causes narrowing of the blood vessels. Taking this drug causes blood vessels to become wider and lowers blood pressure.
Pregnant women shouldn’t take this drug. ACE inhibitors cause fatal birth defects; if the baby survives, he or she tends to have serious physical and mental handicaps. Stop taking the drug as soon as possible if you get pregnant while on it.
Patients on this drug also should be careful of dangerously low blood pressure, which causes dizziness and drowsiness.