Severe joint pain caused by Candesartan for high blood pressure

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I have had my medication for high blood pressure changed to Candesartan as my last tablet wasn't having the desired effect. My hip joints especially are causing me agony at night. Has anyone else suffered bad joint pain while taking Candesartan and if so did it clear up when you stopped it?

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    I am so glad to see your post as I am suffering severe pains in the hip joints. My medication was changed from Ramapril to Candesartan and shortly after starting them I had the pain. My gp said he has never heard of anyone else having this problem so it must be in my mind. Even when I sit down after tea time to read or watch tv it's like something knowing through the bones. Please let me know if you have any luck with change of medication.
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    I went to an orthopaedic consultant about almost continuous hip joint and muscle pain after my AVR. 

    Like you it was much worse in bed but a different pain when sitting or walking.

    He initially thought it might be bursitus and gave me cortisone injections. They did nothing for it.

    I eventually stopped taking a statin and the muscle pain stopped after a few weeks but the joint pain continued. I was still taking warfarin, losartan and a PPI so I blamed it on the warfarin. The cosultant agreed that was probably the culprit but said that any drug can cause joint pain.

    Like Mollymac sitting can start the pain. I can be out walking OK but as soon as I sit on the bus it usually starts up. Some bus seats are worse than others but trains are usually OK


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    I have been taking Candesartan(ARB) for around 2 years now.  (Previously since 1997 I had been on Lisinopril (ACE), which had given me chronic right hip pain + persistent cough, for which it is well known!).  I have to combine it with Adalat to reduce my BP; I had previously thought that Adalat was the hip pain culprit  At first the hip pain from Candesartan was tolerable but then it became so bad that I too could not sleep.  It also occurred in my right buttock, my right knee, left knee to a lesser extent and to my right thigh muscle.  I also got regular cramp in my feet.  I have just changed from Candesartan to Losartan and after three days the hip pain is almost non existent; I have had my first decent night's sleep for 18 months!  Who knows what will happen over the coming months!!!


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      Orthopaedic consultant told me that nearly any drug can cause joint pain.

      He agreed that warfarin could be the cause of my joint pain. When I recently saw a nephrologist he said that he had never heard of warfaring causing joint pain. It's a strange world.

      I have been taking losartan since 2001. At first (50mg) it made me very light headed when standing up but that eventually wore off, At times I was put on better drugs but they put me into Zombie mode and I went back to losartan now 100mg. I had an underskin itch that went away when not taking losartan that is now back. My GP recently said that an effect of losartan on the liver causes that.

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    Yes, causes muscle pain...look up side effects. I also have sore sides (HIPS),AND legs and stiff back....I am cutting my dose and will check the results.

    Muscle pain is a side effect. And as you get older, your body cannot metabolize it as well and you can tolerate only lower doses. Take care........

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    i have been on candesartsn for 3 months and developed severe bursitis of the greater trochanters and sacroiliac joints.

    it was disabling.

    since stopping candesartan and taking celebrex my pain has gone.

    better everyday despite cutting back celebrex to 100 mg in morning.


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