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Drug products: Amias, Atacand, Atacand Plus, Atacand®, Atacand® Plus, Blopresid Comp, Blopress Comp, Candemox Comp, Candesarstad, Candesarstad Comp, Candesartan Actavis, Candesartan Krka, Candesartan Navamedic, Candesartan Orion, Candesartan Ranbaxy, Candesartan Sandoz, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 2care4, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Actavis, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Bijon, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Krka, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Navamedic, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Orion, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide STADA, Candesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Teva, Candexetil, Candexetil comp, Etilbo, Kairasec, Kandesartan Ebb, Kandrozid, Racanda, Ratacand Plus

ATC code: C09CA06, C09DA06

Substances: candesartan, candesartan cilexetil


The antihypertensive effect of candesartan is similar in men and women.

Candesartan reduces the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure equally in men and women.

Additional information

Pharmacokinetics and dosing

Pharmacokinetic studies have found no sex differences in the pharmacokinetic parameters of candesartan in hypertensive patients [1-5] or in healthy adults [6]. One study reported that AUC/dose corrected for body mass did not differ between men and women [4]. A small pharmacokinetic study in hypertensive children (in total 10), receiving a single dose of candesartan (0.2 mg/kg), reported that the pharmacokinetic profile was independent of patient’s sex and weight [5]. Based on the pharmacokinetics of candesartan, no initial dosage adjustment based on patient’s sex is considered necessary [3].


A meta-analysis (657 men, 771 women) of six European randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies using candesartan (doses ranged from 2-16 mg once daily) shows a clinically significant dose-dependent antihypertensive effect of candesartan, irrespective of patient’s sex [7].

In a multicenter study (203 men, 236 women), African-American and non-Hispanic white subjects with essential hypertension were treated with candesartan, 32 mg/day for 6 weeks. Blood pressure (BP) response to candesartan in non-Hispanic white women and men were greater than in their African-American counterparts. Non-Hispanic white women had the largest fall in systolic BP compared with all other groups (African American men and women and non-Hispanic white men). Diastolic BP also decreased more in non-Hispanic white women than in African Americans of either sex, but not more than in non-Hispanic white men [8].

An analysis of all three CHARM heart failure studies (5199 men, 2400 women) showed that the risk reduction in cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization was lower in women regardless of treatment. More women than men had preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, which might explain these results. However, the effect of candesartan (4-32 mg once daily) was similar in men and women [9].

Adverse effects

Tolerability profile of candesartan during long-term studies is similar to that of short-term clinical trials and did not appear to be related to patient’s sex [10, 11].

Reproductive health issues

Regarding teratogenic aspects, please consult Janusmed Drugs and Birth Defects (in Swedish, Janusmed fosterpåverkan).

Updated: 2020-08-28

Date of litterature search: 2019-10-10


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  2. Hübner R, Högemann AM, Sunzel M, Riddell JG. Pharmacokinetics of candesartan after single and repeated doses of candesartan cilexetil in young and elderly healthy volunteers. J Hum Hypertens. 1997;11 Suppl 2:S19-25. PubMed
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  5. Schaefer F, van de Walle J, Zurowska A, Gimpel C, van Hoeck K, Drozdz D et al. Efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of candesartan cilexetil in hypertensive children from 1 to less than 6 years of age. J Hypertens. 2010;28:1083-90. PubMed
  6. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Atacand (candesartan). Drugs@FDA [www]. [updated 2002-04-11, cited 2019-10-11]. länk
  7. Elmfeldt D, George M, Hübner R, Olofsson B. Candesartan cilexetil, a new generation angiotensin II antagonist, provides dose dependent antihypertensive effect. J Hum Hypertens. 1997;11 Suppl 2:S49-53. PubMed
  8. Canzanello VJ, Baranco-Pryor E, Rahbari-Oskoui F, Schwartz GL, Boerwinkle E, Turner ST et al. Predictors of blood pressure response to the angiotensin receptor blocker candesartan in essential hypertension. Am J Hypertens. 2008;21:61-6. PubMed
  9. Pfeffer MA, Swedberg K, Granger CB, Held P, McMurray JJ, Michelson EL et al. Effects of candesartan on mortality and morbidity in patients with chronic heart failure: the CHARM-Overall programme. Lancet. 2003;362:759-66. PubMed
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  12. Läkemedelsstatistik. Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen. 2019 [cited 2020-03-10.] länk

Authors: Linnéa Karlsson Lind

Reviewed by: Mia von Euler

Approved by: Karin Schenck-Gustafsson