Candesartan and gastrointestinal side effects

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I have been on Candesartan for a couple of years. At first I thought I was suffering from IBS, but I now wonder if my problems of wind, colicky pains and sometimes diarrhoea are in fact caused by the Candesartan. Has anyone else experienced gastrointestinal side effects? My GP will blow any suggestions I make out of the water. Also I'm not keen to try yet another blood pressure medication as I've tried so many

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    I stopped Candesartan because of the side-effects and am now on a diuretic, Indapamide, which has successfully lowered my blood pressure on the lowest dose. Only side-effect is having to pee once in the night

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      Diuretics used to be the first drug given for BP. They did not work for me for some reason I peed less and got pelvic pain probably as I had an enlarged prostate.

      Do you take it at night or morning.

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      I rather take all my pills at night, so I cannot miss a dose, definitively Candesartan are not for me, Rather Coversyl, cause I take pain killers as well, you have to ask the interactions with one medication or another one when changing them again.

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    I am on Benicar and am having terrible gastrointestinal problems. They started in September and were mild, but now they are painful and I am stressed out about it. I have gone to my GP, gastroenterologist and the ER twice. I have scheduled an endoscopy and colonoscopy and had them rescheduled twice by the gastro group. I finally went back to my GP, and he got the endoscopy rescheduled for this coming Tuesday with a different group of doctors. I am grateful for that because if it is the benicar, I want off of it as soon as possible.

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    If your GP is blowing things out of the water it means, either the problems the medication is causing with go away over time, or because there is no foundation to say the medication is causing these issues. Either way, i am sure that time heals.

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    Replying to Janice about Candesartan. I am on 8 mg daily, was on 16 mg for one year, took it down to 8 mg last 2 mos and no change in BP. 114/70. Losartan 100 mg did nothing. My only 2 side effects are looser stools a couple of times daily and dry mouth. I deal w it because my BP is perfectly controlled. I had tried Edarbi, the strongest ARB developed and it was horrendous. Diarrhea all day bp 80/50 on lowest dose cut in 4 pieces. so wanted to try strongest after this and it was Candesartan. Tried 3 other ARB's and had tachycardia, chest pains which was worse than daily diarrhea. I keep hydrated and electrolytes are fine. ACE inhibitors didnt work either. afraid to try anything different since BP at night would soar to 200/120 prior to starting Candesartan. But would feel better hearing that others also has this as side effect. since I take no other meds, eat healthy with little variation I believe it is due to bp med.

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