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Emselex 15mg prolonged-release tablets
Emselex 15 mg prolonged-release tablets
If you get any side effects, talk your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
1. What Emselex is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Emselex
3. How to take Emselex
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Emselex
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Emselex reduces the activity of an overactive bladder. This enables you to wait longer before you go to the toilet and it increases the amount of urine that your bladder can hold.
Emselex belongs to a class of medicines which relax the muscles of the bladder. It is used in adults for the treatment of the symptoms of overactive bladder conditions - such as a sudden urge to rush to the toilet, needing to go to the toilet frequently and/or not getting to the toilet in time and wetting yourself (urge incontinence).
Talk to your doctor before taking Emselex
If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before you take Emselex.
During treatment with Emselex, tell your doctor straight away and stop taking Emselex if you experience swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/ or throat (signs of angioedema).
Emselex is not recommended for use in children and adolescents (<18 years).
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This is particularly important if you are taking any of the following as your doctor may need to adjust your dose of Emselex and/or the other medicine:
Please also inform your doctor if you are taking products containing St John’s wort.
Eating food has no effect on Emselex. Grapefruit juice may interact with Emselex. Tell your doctor if you are taking grapefruit juice regularly.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
Emselex is not recommended during pregnancy.
Emselex should be taken with caution while breast-feeding.
Emselex may cause effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, trouble sleeping or drowsiness. If you have any of these symptoms whilst taking Emselex, consult your doctor for advice on changing the dose or considering an alternative treatment. You should not drive or use machines if you are affected by these symptoms. For Emselex, these side effects have been reported to be uncommon (see section 4).
Always take Emselex exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If you have the impression that the effect of Emselex is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The recommended starting dose, including for patients aged over 65 years, is 7.5 mg daily. Depending on your response to Emselex, your doctor may increase your dose to 15 mg daily, two weeks after starting therapy.
These doses are suitable for people with mild liver problems or people with kidney problems.
Take Emselex tablets once a day with liquid, at about the same time each day.
The tablet may be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew, split or crush it.
If you have taken more tablets than you have been told to take, or if someone else accidentally takes your tablets, go to your doctor or hospital for advice immediately.
When seeking medical advice, make sure that you take this leaflet and your remaining tablets with you to show them to the doctor. People who have taken an overdose may have dry mouth, constipation, headache, indigestion and nasal dryness. Overdose with Emselex may lead to severe symptoms requiring emergency treatment in hospital.
If you forget to take Emselex at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is the time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Your doctor will tell you how long your treatment with Emselex will last. Do not stop treatment early because you do not see an immediate effect. Your bladder will need some time to adapt. Finish the course of treatment prescribed by your doctor. If you have not noticed any effect by then, discuss it with your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The side effects caused by Emselex are usually mild and temporary.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Serious allergic reactions including swelling, mainly of the face and neck (angioedema).
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Dry mouth, constipation.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Headache, abdominal pain, indigestion, feeling sick, dry eyes, nasal dryness.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Fatigue, accidental injury, facial swelling, high blood pressure, diarrhoea, flatulence, ulceration of the mucous membrane of the mouth, increased liver enzymes (this shows abnormal functioning of the liver), swelling including swelling of the hands, ankles or feet, dizziness, sleeplessness, drowsiness, abnormal thinking, runny nose (rhinitis), cough, shortness of breath, dry skin, itching, rash, sweating, visual disturbance including blurred vision, taste disturbance, urinary tract disorder or infection, impotence, discharge and itching in the vagina, bladder pain, inability to empty your bladder.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Depressed mood/mood alterations, hallucination.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system:
or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Emselex 15 mg prolonged-release tablets are round, convex light peach tablets and are debossed with “DF” on one side and “15” on the other.
The tablets are available in blister packs containing 7, 14, 28, 49, 56 or 98 tablets or in multipacks containing 140 (10x14) tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be available in your country.
This leaflet was last revised in July 2021.
Other sources of information
Detailed information on this medicine is available on the European Medicines Agency website: http://www.ema.europa.eu