Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

Candesartan, Irbesartan, Losartan, Telmisartan and Valsartan belong to a group of medicine which are used to treat high blood pressure known as angiotensin II receptor blockers.


​​​​​What is this medication used for

These medic​​ines lower blood pressure by blocking the effects of a substance called Angiotensin II at the blood vessel walls.​


Dosage a​nd How to Use

  • ​Do not stop taking your medicines without checking with your doctors. 
  • If yo​​​u miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only the usual dose. Do not double your dose or use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Side Effects, ​​Precautions, Contraindication

What are the possible s​​ide effects of the medicines?

The side effects are rare and include dizziness and lightheadedness on getting up.

How do I know if I am allergic to thes​e medicines?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: 
  • Swollen face/eyes/lips 
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor. 

What preca​utions should I follow when taking the medicines?

If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, you should inform your doctor. 

Handling and Sto​​rage

  • Keep your medicines in the original c​​​ontainer or packaging, tightly closed or sealed in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. 
  • Keep the medicine out of reach of chi​​ldren. 
  • Throw away all expired medicines.


This article​ answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.


Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

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