Felodipine 5 mg Prolonged-Release Tablets
Delofine XL 5 mg Prolonged-Release Tablets
Each tablet contains 5 mg felodipine.
Excipients with known effect:
Each tablet contains 190 mg lactose and 30 mg macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Light yellow circular, biconvex film-coated tablets debossed with 'L27' on one side and plain on the other side.
Stable angina pectoris.
The dose should be adjusted individually. Treatment can be started with 5 mg once daily. Depending on the patient's response, the dosage can, where applicable, be decreased to 2.5 mg or increased to 10 mg daily. If necessary, another antihypertensive agent may be added. The standard maintenance dose is 5 mg once daily.
The dose should be adjusted individually. Treatment should be initiated with 5 mg once daily and, if needed, increased to 10 mg once daily.
Initial treatment with lowest available dose should be considered.
Dose adjustment is not needed in patients with impaired renal function.
Patients with impaired hepatic function may have elevated plasma concentrations of felodipine and may respond to lower doses (see section 4.4).
There is limited clinical trial experience of the use of felodipine in hypertensive paediatric patients (see sections 5.1 and 5.2).
Method of administration
The tablets should be taken in the morning and be swallowed with water. In order to keep the prolonged-release properties, the tablets must not be divided, crushed or chewed. The tablets can be administered without food or following a light meal not rich in fat or carbohydrate.
• Hypersensitivity to felodipine or any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
• Decompensated heart failure.
• Acute myocardial infarction.
• Unstable angina pectoris.
• Haemodynamically significant cardiac valvular obstruction.
• Dynamic cardiac outflow obstruction.
The efficacy and safety of felodipine in the treatment of hypertensive emergencies has not been studied.
Felodipine may cause significant hypotension with subsequent tachycardia. This may lead to myocardial ischaemia in susceptible patients.
Felodipine is cleared by the liver. Consequently, higher therapeutic concentrations and response can be expected in patients with clearly reduced liver function (see section 4.2).
Concomitant administration of drugs that strongly induce or inhibit CYP3 A4 enzymes result in extensively decreased or increased plasma levels of felodipine, respectively. Therefore, such combinations should be avoided (see section 4.5).
Felodipine/Delofine XL tablets contains lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicinal product.
Felodipine/Delofine XL tablets contains castor oil, which may cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.
Mild gingival enlargement has been reported in patients with pronounced gingivitis/periodontitis. The enlargement can be avoided or reversed by careful oral hygiene.
Sodium content: Felodipine/Delofine XL tablets contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.
Felodipine is metabolised in the liver by cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). Concomitant administration of substances which interfere with CYP3A4 enzyme system may affect plasma concentrations of felodipine.
Enzyme inhibiting and enzyme inducing substances of cytochrome P450 isoenzyme 3A4 may exert an influence on the plasma level of felodipine.
Interactions leading to increased plasma concentration of felodipine
CYP3A4 enzyme inhibitors have been shown to cause an increase in felodipine plasma concentrations. Felodipine Cmax and AUC increased 8-fold and 6-fold, respectively, when felodipine was coadministered with the strong CYP3A4 inhibitor itraconazole. When felodipine and erythromycin were coadministered, the Cmax and AUC of felodipine were increased by about 2.5-fold. Cimetidine increased the felodipine Cmax and AUC by approximately 55%. The combination with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors should be avoided.
In case of clinically significant adverse events due to elevated felodipine exposure when combined with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors, adjustment of felodipine dose and/or discontinuation of the CYP3A4 inhibitor should be considered.
• Anti-HIV/protease inhibitors (e.g. ritonavir)
• Certain flavonoids present in grapefruit juice
Felodipine tablets should not be taken together with grapefruit juice.
Interactions leading to decreased plasma concentration of felodipine
Enzyme inducers of the cytochrome P450 3A4 system have been shown to cause a decrease in plasma concentrations of felodipine. When felodipine was co-administered with carbamazepine, phenytoin or phenobarbital, the Cmax and AUC of felodipine were decreased by 82% and 96% respectively. The combination with strong CYP3A4 inducers should be avoided.
In case of lack of efficacy due to decreased felodipine exposure when combined with potent inducers of CYP3A4, adjustment of felodipine dose and/or discontinuation of the CYP3A4 inducer should be considered.
• Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort)
Tacrolimus: Felodipine may increase the concentration of tacrolimus. When used together, the tacrolimus serum concentration should be followed and the tacrolimus dose may need to be adjusted.
Cyclosporin: Felodipine does not affect plasma concentrations of cyclosporin.
Felodipine should not be given during pregnancy. In non-clinical reproductive toxicity studies there were foetal developmental effects, which are considered to be due to the pharmacological action of felodipine.
Felodipine has been detected in breast milk, and due to insufficient data on potential effect on the infant, treatment is not recommended during breast-feeding.
There are no data on the effects of felodipine on patient fertility. In a non-clinical reproductive study in the rat (see section 5.3), there were effects on foetal development but no effect on fertility at doses approximating to therapeutic.
Felodipine has minor or moderate influence on the ability to drive and use machines. If patients taking felodipine suffer from headache, nausea, dizziness or fatigue and ability to react may be impaired. Caution is recommended especially at the start of treatment.
Summary of the safety profile
Felodipine can cause flushing, headache, palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. Most of these adverse reactions are dose- dependent and appear at the start of treatment or after a dose increase. Should such adverse reactions occur, they are usually transient and diminish with time.
Dose-dependent ankle swelling can occur in patients treated with felodipine. This results from precapillary vasodilatation and is not related to any generalised fluid retention.
Mild gingival enlargement has been reported in patients with pronounced gingivitis/periodontitis. The enlargement can be avoided or reversed by careful oral hygiene.
Tabulated list of adverse reactions
The adverse reactions listed below have been identified from clinical trials and from post marketing surveillance. The following definitions of frequencies are used:
Very common ≥1/10
Common ≥1/100 to <1/10
Uncommon ≥1/1,000 to <1/100
Rare ≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000
Very rare <1/10,000
Table 1: Undesirable effects
System organ class
Nervous system disorders
Nausea, abdominal pain
Gingival hyperplasia, gingivitis
Increased liver enzymes
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Photosensitivity reactions, leukocytoclastic vasculitis
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
Renal and urinary disorders
Reproductive system and breast disorders
General disorders and administration site conditions
Hypersensitivity reactions, e.g. angio-oedema, fever
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Overdosage may cause excessive peripheral vasodilatation with marked hypotension and sometimes bradycardia.
If justified: activated charcoal, gastric lavage if performed within one hour after ingestion. If severe hypotension occurs, symptomatic treatment should be instituted.
The patient should be placed supine with the legs elevated. In case of accompanying bradycardia, atropine 0.5-1 mg should be administered intravenously. If this is not sufficient, plasma volume should be increased by infusion of e.g. glucose, saline, or dextran. Sympathomimetic medicinal products with predominant effect on the α1-adrenoceptor may be given if the above-mentioned measures are insufficient.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: calcium channel blockers, dihydropyridine derivatives; ATC code: C08CA02.
Mechanism of action
Felodipine is a vascular selective calcium antagonist, which lowers arterial blood pressure by decreasing systemic vascular resistance. Due to the high degree of selectivity for smooth muscle in the arterioles, felodipine in therapeutic doses has no direct effect on cardiac contractility or conduction. Because there is no effect on venous smooth muscle or adrenergic vasomotor control, felodipine is not associated with orthostatic hypotension.
Felodipine possesses a mild natriuretic/diuretic effect and fluid retention does not occur.
Felodipine is effective in all grades of hypertension. It can be used as monotherapy or in combination with other antihypertensive medicinal products, e.g. ß-adrenoceptor blockers, diuretics or ACE-inhibitors, in order to achieve an increased antihypertensive effect. Felodipine reduces both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and can be used in isolated systolic hypertension.
Felodipine has anti-anginal and anti-ischaemic effects due to improved myocardial oxygen supply/demand balance. Coronary vascular resistance is decreased and coronary blood flow and myocardial oxygen supply are increased by felodipine due to dilatation of both epicardial arteries and arterioles. The reduction in systemic blood pressure caused by felodipine leads to decreased left ventricular afterload and myocardial oxygen demand.
Felodipine improves exercise tolerance and reduces anginal attacks in patients with stable effort-induced angina pectoris. Felodipine can be used as monotherapy or in combination with β-adrenoceptor blockers in patients with stable angina pectoris.
The primary haemodynamic effect of felodipine is a reduction of total peripheral vascular resistance, which leads to a decrease in blood pressure. These effects are dose-dependent. Generally, a reduction in blood pressure is evident two hours after the first oral dose and lasts for at least 24 hours and the trough/peak ratio is usually well above 50%.
Plasma concentrations of felodipine are positively correlated to the decrease in total peripheral resistance and blood pressure.
Felodipine in therapeutic doses has no effect on cardiac contractility or atrioventricular conduction or refractoriness.
Antihypertensive treatment with felodipine is associated with significant regression of pre-existing left ventricular hypertrophy.
Felodipine has a natriuretic and diuretic effect due to reduced tubular reabsorption of filtered sodium. Felodipine does not affect daily potassium excretion. The renal vascular resistance is decreased by felodipine. Felodipine does not influence urinary albumin excretion.
In cyclosporin-treated renal transplant recipients, felodipine reduces blood pressure and improves both the renal blood flow and the glomerular filtration rate. Felodipine may also improve early renal graft function.
In the HOT (Hypertension Optimal Treatment) study, the effect on major cardiovascular events (i.e. acute myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death) was studied in relation to diastolic blood pressure targets ≤90 mmHg, ≤85 mmHg and ≤80 mmHg and achieved blood pressure, with felodipine as baseline therapy.
A total of 18,790 hypertensive patients (DBP 100-115 mmHg), aged 50-80 years were followed for a mean period of 3.8 years (range 3.3-4.9). Felodipine was given as monotherapy or in combination with a betablocker, and/or an ACE- inhibitor and/or a diuretic. The study showed benefits of lowering SBP and DBP down to 139 and 83 mmHg, respectively.
According to the STOP-2 (Swedish Trial in Old Patients with Hypertension-2 study), performed in 6614 patients, aged 70-84 years, dihydropyridine calcium antagonists (felodipine and isradipine) have shown the same preventive effect on cardiovascular mortality and morbidity as other commonly used classes of antihypertensive medicinal products – ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and diuretics.
There is limited clinical trial experience of the use of felodipine in hypertensive paediatric patients. In a randomised, double-blind, 3-week, parallel group study in children aged 6-16 years with primary hypertension, the antihypertensive effects of once daily felodipine 2.5 mg (n=33), 5 mg (n=33) and 10 mg (n=31) were compared with placebo (n=35). The study failed to demonstrate the efficacy of felodipine in lowering blood pressure in children aged 6-16 years (see section 4.2).
The long-term effects of felodipine on growth, puberty and general development have not been studied. The long-term efficacy of antihypertensive therapy as therapy in childhood to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in adulthood has also not been established.
Felodipine is administered as extended-release tablets, from which it is completely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. The systemic availability of felodipine is approximately 15% and is independent of dose in the therapeutic dose range.
The extended-release tablets produce a prolonged absorption phase of felodipine. This results in even felodipine plasma concentrations within the therapeutic range for 24 hours. Maximum blood plasma levels (tmax) are achieved with the prolonged-release form after 3 to 5 hours. The rate but not the extent of absorption of felodipine is increased when taken simultaneously with food with a high fat content.
The plasma protein binding of felodipine is approximately 99%. It is bound pre-dominantly to the albumin fraction. Volume of distribution at steady state is 10 L/kg.
Felodipine is extensively metabolised in the liver by cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) and all identified metabolites are inactive. Felodipine is a high clearance medicinal product with an average blood clearance of 1200 ml/min. There is no significant accumulation during long-term treatment.
Elderly patients and patients with reduced liver function have on average higher plasma concentrations of felodipine than younger patients. The pharmacokinetics of felodipine is not changed in patients with renal impairment, including those treated with haemodialysis.
The half-life of felodipine in the elimination phase is approximately 25 hours and steady state is reached after 5 days. There is no risk of accumulation during long-term treatment. About 70% of a given dose is excreted as metabolites in the urine; the remaining fraction is excreted in the faeces. Less than 0.5% of a dose is recovered unchanged in urine.
Plasma concentrations are directly proportional to dose within the therapeutic dose range 2.5–10 mg.
In a single dose (felodipine prolonged-release 5 mg) pharmacokinetic study with a limited number of children aged between 6 and 16 years (n=12) there was no apparent relationship between the age and AUC, Cmax or half-life of felodipine.
In a study on fertility and general reproductive performance in rats treated with felodipine, a prolongation of parturition resulting in difficult labour/increased foetal deaths and early postnatal deaths was observed in the medium and high dose groups. These effects were attributed to the inhibitory effect of felodipine in high doses on uterine contractility. No disturbances of fertility were observed when doses within the therapeutic range were given to rats.
Reproduction studies in rabbits have shown a dose-related reversible enlargement of the mammary glands of the parent animals and dose-related digital anomalies in the foetuses. The anomalies in the foetuses were induced when felodipine was administered during early foetal development (before day 15 of pregnancy). In a reproduction study in monkeys, an abnormal position of the distal phalange(s) was noticed.
There were no other pre-clinical findings considered to be of concern and the reproductive findings are considered to be related to the pharmacological action of felodipine, when given to normotensive animals. The relevance of these findings for patients receiving felopidine is unknown. However, there have been no reported clinical incidences of phalangeal changes in foetus/neonate exposed to felodipine in-utero, from the information maintained within the internal patient safety databases.
Aluminium magnesium silicate
Sodium stearyl fumarate
Hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol and iron oxide yellow (E172).
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
PVC/PE/PVDC/Aluminium blister in packs of 14, 20, 28, 30, 50, 90, 98 and 100 tablets are available.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.
Morningside Healthcare Limited
Unit C, Harcourt Way
Leicester LE19 1WP