Getz Pharma Nig. Ltd
13, Cappa Avenue, Palmgrove Estate, Ilupeju Estate, Lagos
Tel: 234(0)803-632-3282, 0802-335-6154

Brand Name



Getz Pharma (Private) Limited. 29-30/27, Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi-74900, Pakistan

Therapeutic Class

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)

Dosage Form, Composition & NAFDAC Registration Number (NRN)

Tablet (NRN:         ): Each tablet contains Candesartan citexetil 8 mg

Pack size: available in alu-alu blister packs of 14's

Advant Tablet8mg

Tablet (NRN:         ): Each tablet contains Candesartan cilexetil 16 mg

Pack size: available in alu-alu blister packs of 14's & 28's

        Advant Tablet16mg



ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil), a prodrug; is hydrolyzed to candesartan during absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Candesartan is a selective AT, subtype angiotensin II receptor antagonist.
Candesartan cilexetil, a nonpeptide, is chemically described as (±)-1- Hydroxyethyl 2-ethoxy-1-[p-(o-1 H-tetrazol-5-ylphenyl)benzyl]-7-benzimidazolecarboxylate, cyclohexyl carbonate (ester). Its molecular formula is C33H34N6O6, and the structural formula is


Mechanism of Action
Candesartan blocks the vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II by selectively blocking the binding of angiotensin II to the AT1 receptor in many tissues, such as vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal gland. Its action is, therefore, independent of the pathways for angiotensin II synthesis.

There is also an AT2 receptor found in many tissues, but AT2 is not known to be associated with cardiovascular homeostasis. Candesartan has much greater affinity (>10,000-fold) for the AT1 receptor than for the AT2 receptor. Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system with ACE inhibitors, which inhibit the biosynthesis of angiotensin II from angiotensin I, is widely used in the treatment of hypertension. ACE inhibitors also inhibit the degradation of bradykinin, a reaction also catalyzed by ACE.

Because candesartan does not inhibit ACE (kininase II), it does not affect the response to bradykinin. Candesartan does not bind to or block other hormone receptors or ion channels known to be important in cardiovascular regulation. Blockade of the angiotensin II receptor inhibits the negative regulatory feedback of angiotensin II on renin secretion, but the resulting increased plasma renin activity and angiotensin II circulating levels do not overcome the effect of candesartan on blood pressure.


Candesartan cilexetil is rapidly and completely bio-activated by ester hydrolysis during absorption from the gastrointestinal tract to candesartan, a selective AT, subtype angiotensin II receptor antagonist.
Following administration of candesartan cilexetil, the absolute bio-availability of candesartan was estimated to be 15%. After tablet ingestion, the peak serum concentration (Cmax) is reached after 3 to 4 hours. Food with a high fat content does not affect the bioavailability of candesartan after candesartan cilexetil administration.
Candesartan undergoes minor hepatic metabolism by O-deethylation to an inactive metabolite.

After single and repeated administration, the pharmacokinetics of candesartan are linear for oral doses up to 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil. Candesartan and its inactive metabolite do not accumulate in serum upon repealed once-daily dosing.
The volume of distribution of candesartan is 0.13 L/kg. Candesartan is highly bound to plasma proteins (>99%) and does not penetrate red blood cells. The protein binding is constant at candesartan plasma concentrations well above the range achieved with recommended doses.

When candesartan is administered orally about 26% of the dose is excreted unchanged in urine. Total plasma clearance of candesartan is 0.37 mL/min/kg, with a renal clearance of 0.19 mL/min/kg. The elimination half-life of candesartan is approximately 9 hours.

Special Populations Pediatric
The pharmacokinetics of candesartan cilexetil have not been investigated in patients

The pharmacokinetics of candesartan have been studied in the elderly (≥65 years) and in both sexes. The plasma concentration of candesartan was higher in the elderly (Cmax was approximately 50% higher, and AUC was approximately 80% higher) compared to younger subjects administered with the same dose. The pharmacokinetics of candesartan were linear in the elderly, and candesartan and its inactive metabolite did not accumulate in the serum of these subjects upon repealed, once-daily administration. No initial dosage adjustment is necessary.

Renal Insufficiency
In hypertensive patients with renal insufficiency, serum concentrations of candesartan were elevated. After repeated dosing, the AUC and Cmax were approximately doubled on patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance 2) compared to patients with normal kidney function. The pharmacokinetics of candesartan in hypertensive patients undergoing hemodialysis are similar to those in hypertensive patients with severe renal impairment. Candesartan cannot be removed by hemodialysis. No initial dosage adjustment is necessary m patients with mild renal insufficiency.

Hepatic Insufficiency
The pharmacokinetics of candesartan was compared in patients with mild and moderate hepatic impairment to matched healthy volunteers following a single oral dose of 16 mg candesartan cilexetil. The increase in AUC for candesartan was 30% in patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh A) and 145% in patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh B). The increase in Cmax for candesartan was 56% in patients with mild hepatic impairment and 73% in patients with moderate hepatic Impairment. The pharmacokinetics after candesartan cilexetil administration have not been investigated in patients with severe hepatic impairment.


ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) is indicated for the treatment of hypertension, It may be used alone or in combination with other antihypertensive agents


Candesartan cilexetil is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to this drug or any component of this product.



When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is detected, candesartan cilexetil should be discontinued as soon as possible.

Hypotension In Volume- and Salt-Depleted Patients
In patients with an activated renin-angiotensin system, such as volume and/or salt-depleted patients (e.g., those being treated with diuretics), symptomatic hypotension may occur. These conditions should be corrected prior to administration of candesartan cilexetil, or the treatment should start under close medical supervision. If hypotension occurs, the patients should be placed in the supine position and, if necessary, given an intravenous Infusion of normal saline. A transient hypotensive response is not a contraindication to further treatment, which usually can be continued without difficulty once the blood pressure has stabilized.

Impaired Renal Function
As a consequence of inhibiting the renin angiotensin-aldosterone system, changes in renal function may be anticipated in susceptible individuals treated with candesartan cilexetil. Caution should be made while using this medication.
In studies of ACE inhibitors in patients with unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis, increases in serum creatinine or blood urea nitrogen (BUN) have been reported. There has been no long-term use of candesartan cilexetil in patients with unilateral or bilateral renal artery stenosis, but similar results may be expected.

Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether candesartan is excreted in human milk but because of the potential for adverse effects on the nursing infant, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.


Because candesartan is not significantly metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system and at therapeutic concentrations has no effects on P450 enzymes, interactions with drugs that inhibit or are metabolized by those enzymes would not be expected.

No significant drug interactions have been reported in studies of candesartan cilexetil given with other drugs such as glyburide, nifedipine, digoxin, warfarin, hydrochlorothiazide, and oral contraceptives in healthy volunteers.

Since both, ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, can increase the concentrations of potassium in the blood, other medications that can increase the concentration of potassium in the blood, such as spironolectone, and potassium supplements, should be used cautiously with candesartan.

Reversible increases in serum lithium concentrations and toxicity have been reported during concomitant administration of lithium with ACE Inhibitors, and with some angiotensin II receptor antagonists. An increase in serum lithium concentration has been reported during concomitant administration of lithium with candesartan cilexetil, so careful monitoring of serum lithium levels is recommended during concomitant use.

The most likely manifestation of overdosage with candesartan cilexetil would be hypotension, dizziness, and tachycardia; bradycardia could occur from parasympathetic (vagal) stimulation. If symptomatic hypotension should occur, supportive treatment should be instituted. Candesartan cannot be removed by hemodialysis.

Adverse Effects

In general, treatment with candesartan cilexetil was well tolerated. However, the adverse effects reported with candesartan are usually mild and transient including headache and dizziness.

Potentially important adverse events that have been reported, whether or not attributed to treatment with an incidence of 0.5% cannot be determined whether these events were causally related to candesartan cilexetil.

Body as a Whole: asthenia, fever;

Central and Peripheral Nervous System: paresthesia: vertigo;

Gastrointestinal System Disorder: dyspepsia, gastroenteritis;

Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders: tachycardia, palpitation;

Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders: creatinine phosphokinase increased, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperuricemia;

Musculoskeletal System Disorders: myalgia;

Platelet/Bleeding-Clotting Disorders: epistaxis;

Psychiatric Disorders: anxiety, depression. somnolence

Respiratory System Disorders: dyspnea

Skin and Appendages Disorders: rash, sweating increased;

Urinary System Disorders: hematuria:

Other reported events seen less frequently included angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and angioedema. Adverse events occurred at about the same rates in men and women, older and younger patients, and black and non black patients. Following adverse effects are rarely reported:


Digestive: abnormal hepatic function and hepatitis

Hematologic: neutropenia, leukopenia and agranulocytosis

Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders: hyperkalemia, hyponatremia

Renal: renal impairment, renal failure.

Skin and Appendages Disorders: pruritis and urticaria.

Dosage & Administration

ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) may be administered with or without food. Dosage must be individualized. Blood pressure response is dose related over the range of 2 to 32 mg. The usual recommended starting dose of ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) is 16 mg once daily when it is used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume depleted. ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) can be administered once or twice daily with total daily doses ranging from 8 mg to 32 mg. Larger doses do not appear to have a greater effect, and there is relatively little experience with such doses.

Most of the antihypertensive effect is present within 2 weeks, and maximal blood pressure reduction is generally obtained within 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil).
If blood pressure is not controlled by ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) alone, a diuretic may be added. ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) may be administered with other antihypertensive agents.

Hepatic impaired patients:
In patients with moderate hepatic impairment, consideration should be given to initiation of ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) at a lower dose. No initial dose adjustment is necessary in patients with mild hepatic impairment.

Volume depleted patients
For patients with possible depletion of intravascular volume (e.g., patients treated with diuretics, particularly those with Impaired renal function), consideration should be given to initiation of ADVANT (Candesartan cilexetil) at a lower dose.

Storage/Handling Recommendations

Store below 30°C. Protect from sunlight and moisture. The expiration date refers to the product correctly stored at the required conditions.


Review Date

2015-11-09 05:43:02