- timolol maleate
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Betim 10 mg Tablets
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Betim® 10 mg Tablets
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
In this leaflet:
1. What Betim is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Betim
3. How to take Betim
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Betim
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT BETIM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Betim 10 mg Tablets are used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and chest pain (angina).
The tablets are also used to prevent a heart attack in those people who have already had one and in reducing the number of migraine attacks for those who suffer from migraine.
Betim Tablets belong to a group of medicines called beta-blockers which slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, reducing the workload on the heart.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE BETIM
Do not take Betim if you:
Warnings and Precautions
Tell your doctor before you start treatment if you have or have had in the past one of the following problems or if you develop any of these during treatment:
It is important to discuss these with your doctor because you may need to stop your treatment or have your dose changed.
Betim 10 mg Tablets are not suitable for children.
Other medicines and Betim
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This is very important because you should not use some other medicines while you are taking Betim. Also, certain other medicines can be used only if special precautions are taken.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
If you are going to have surgery
If you are going to have an operation in hospital or going to the dentist, tell the doctor at the hospital or the dentist that you are taking Betim Tablets. Your doctor may decide to stop Betim gradually before you have an anaesthetic such as ether, cyclopropane, trichloroethylene. You should not be given a local anaesthetic combined with adrenaline while you are taking Betim.
Taking Betim with food and drink
You should avoid excessive alcohol consumption while taking Betim.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not take Betim if you are pregnant.
Therefore, tell your doctor before you start treatment if you are pregnant, think that you may be pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Consult with your doctor immediately if you think that you have become pregnant during treatment with Betim.
Tell your doctor before you start treatment with Betim if you are breast-feeding or planning to breastfeed.
Driving and using machines
This medicine may cause tiredness or dizziness as a side effect.
Therefore you should be careful if you are going to drive or operate machinery.
3. HOW TO TAKE BETIM
Your doctor will work out the right number of tablets for you. Always take Betim exactly as your doctor has told you.You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow the tablet(s) with a glass of water.
The usual dose for adults is:
The tablet can be divided into equal doses.
If you are elderly the doctor will probably start with the lowest adult dose and then adjust your dose carefully, depending on how you respond to treatment.
Betim Tablets are not suitable for children.
Your doctor may change the number of tablets you take. This will depend on how well you respond to the treatment. Do not alter the number of tablets you are taking without checking with your doctor.
If you take more Betim than you should
If you or anybody else accidentally take more than the recommended dose of these tablets, call your doctor immediately or go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
If you forget to take Betim
If you forget to take your tablet(s), take the next dose as normal.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Betim
Do not stop taking the tablets without first consulting your doctor.
If it is right for you to stop taking the medicine then your doctor will probably reduce the dose gradually since it is important not to stop suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Betim can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following problems:
Blood tests may show increased levels of antibodies.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE BETIM
Keep Betim Tablets out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Betim after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and outer carton after the text “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicine requires no special storage conditions. Medicines must not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Betim contains
Active substance: Timolol (as maleate). Each tablet contains 10 mg of timolol maleate.
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinised starch and magnesium stearate.
What Betim looks like and contents of the pack
Betim Tablets are white, flat circular tablets. Each tablet is engraved with “ ” on one side and a breakmark on the other.
The tablets are supplied in amber glass bottles, or packs containing aluminium blister strips, of 30 or 100 tablets.
Not all packs sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
For any information about this medicine, please contact the Marketing Authorisation Holder.
This leaflet was last revised in 11/2013.
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