Candesartan & Alcohol

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I've been on Candesartan now for about 3 weeks after coming off Amlodipine because of the swollen ankles and BP not coming down. My BP is coming down slowly but I've noticed a couple of side effects. My acid reflux seems to be near constant even though I'm taking 300mg Ranitidine daily and if I have any alcohol (even just 1 glass of wine), after about an hour, I feel sick and washed out. I'm waking up in the middle of the night with a racing pulse and feeling light headed.

I'm sure this is down to the Candesartan because this began soon after I started this drug.

Has anyone had any similar problems drinking alcohol & taking Candesartan?

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    I've been taking Candersartan for about 6 years now.  Not a big drinker of alcohol - a glass of wine now and then, occasional gin and tonic.  No reaction at all.  BP is good.  Maybe it's the Ranitidine as well?

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      Hi Louise, thanks for the reply. I’m fairly certain it is the Candesartan because the symptoms started a couple of days after I started the medication. I will keep an eye on it for the next few weeks and if it does not go away, then back to G.P.
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    hi, james, the side effects with losartan can settle down to acceptable for some, mine did when i reduced the dose, and things were just about ok  faor a while, though still worse acid reflux, but now things are worsening again, after 3 months use - very disheartening as v gd bp.  the list of symptoms i had at first include some you mention - i just include the whole list from 3 months ago - i do not drink any alcohol

     thirst, pulse up, speeding heart, speedy, irritable feeling,   low mood,  breathlessness, uncomfortable chest tightness, surges of body heat, and, over days, a change in heat tolerance, Acid reflux worse, with shoulder blade pain, Digestion iffy all time ...... mild headache,  bouts of diarrhoea

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    jamesk..first off., we're always told it's never a good idea to drink alcohol when taking medications, however it's ok for say 1 glass of wine. Acid Reflux can be a real s.o.b.  to calm. I'm battling the same thing, but not having much luck. My Dr. has me taking prescription Tecta...I was trying to wean down to a table every-other-day, but when I do, I pay for it. Glad you're off the Amlodipine. If you look that medication up here on the forum, you'll find complaint, after complaint, after complaint about it. I for one suffered when taking it. 

    The Ranitidine may need to be adjusted, or perhaps you may have to take something else. I don't see how the Candesartan would worsten your acid reflux., in fact, I've never heard of any bp medication worstening reflux.

    By all means get back to your Dr.

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