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Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg Tablets

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Sigma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Special Concept Development / RxFarma) See contact details
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Last updated on emc: 14 Aug 2023
1. Name of the medicinal product

Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg Tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each tablet contains Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg.

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Tablets for oral use.

White, circular flat faced tablets with bevelled edges, B 2.5 separated by a break line on one face and plain on the reverse.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Bendroflumethiazide is a diuretic. The tablets are indicated for the treatment of essential hypertension and oedema associated with such conditions as nephrotic syndrome, cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure and pre- menstrual oedema.

4.2 Posology and method of administration



5-10mg daily in the morning initially. Maintenance: usually 2.5mg-5mg on only two or three days in the week. A single dose may be sufficient.

Essential Hypertension

2.5mg in the morning. Doses above 2.5mg are rarely necessary.

Pre-menstrual syndrome

2.5mg each morning for seven days before the period is due.



Up to 400 micrograms per kg body weight daily initially, reducing to 50-100 micrograms per kg for maintenance.

4.3 Contraindications

Bendroflumethiazide tablets are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to thiazides; hypercalcaemia, hyponatraemia, refractory hypokalaemia, severe renal and hepatic insufficiency, symptomatic hyperuricaemia and Addison's disease.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use


Electrolytes should be monitored during treatment as continued or intensive use of bendroflumethiazide may result in hypokalaemia. This effect may be enhanced with concomitant use of medicines that can also cause hypokalaemia such as other diuretics or beta-2 agonists. Hypokalaemia can increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmia particularly when the patient is also taking an anti- arrhythmic, anti-histamine, anti-malarial, anti-psychotic or digoxin (see section 4.5).

Potassium replacement or conservation may be necessary in patients at risk from the cardiac effects of hypokalaemia, such as those with prolonged QT intervals, severe heart disease, those taking digitalis preparations or high doses of diuretics and in patients with severe liver disease. If hypokalaemia (< 3.4 mmol potassium) is detected, it must be corrected and it should be prevented in at-risk patients.

Potassium supplements should not be given in renal insufficiency complicated by hyperkalaemia.

Potassium supplementation alone may not be sufficient to correct hypokalaemia in patients who are also deficient in magnesium.


Some patients may be particularly susceptible to hyponatraemia, including the elderly and those with severe heart failure who are very oedematous, particularly with large doses of thiazides in conjunction with restricted salt in the diet. The onset of hyponatraemia can be sudden and life-threatening.

All patients, including the elderly who may be particularly susceptible, should be carefully observed for signs of fluid and electrolyte imbalance, especially in the presence of vomiting or during parenteral fluid therapy.

Regular serum electrolyte determinations should be performed in the elderly and in patients receiving long-term therapy.


There is an increased risk of hypomagnesaemia in patients with alcoholic cirrhosis taking bendroflumethiazide. Hypomagnesaemia has been implicated as a risk factor for arrhythmias. Electrolyte levels including magnesium should be monitored during treatment of patients with alcoholic cirrhosis.


Thiazides may decrease urinary calcium excretion and may cause intermittent and slight elevation of serum calcium. Marked hypercalcaemia may be evidence of hidden hyperparathyroidism. Thiazides should be discontinued before carrying out tests for parathyroid function.

Choroidal effusion, acute myopia and secondary angle-closure glaucoma

Sulfonamide or sulfonamide derivative drugs can cause an idiosyncratic reaction resulting in choroidal effusion with visual field defect, transient myopia and acute angle-closure glaucoma. Symptoms include acute onset of decreased visual acuity or ocular pain and typically occur within hours to weeks of drug initiation. Untreated acute angle-closure glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. The primary treatment is to discontinue drug intake as rapidly as possible. Prompt medical or surgical treatments may need to be considered if the intraocular pressure remains uncontrolled. Risk factors for developing acute angle-closure glaucoma may include a history of sulfonamide or penicillin allergy.

Mild or moderate hepatic or renal impairment

Use with caution in renal impairment (severe renal insufficiency is a contraindication to use, see 4.3). Renal function should be monitored during bendroflumethiazide therapy. Thiazides can cause electrolyte imbalance which is more severe in patients with hepatic and renal impairment and in those receiving higher or prolonged doses.

Use with caution in hepatic impairment (severe hepatic impairment is a contraindication to use, see 4.3). In case of hepatic impairment, thiazide diuretics may precipitate hepatic encephalopathy, particularly in case of electrolyte imbalance. Administration of the diuretic must be stopped immediately if this occurs.

Regular ongoing monitoring and blood tests are to be performed in elderly patients and patients who are on long term treatment with bendroflumethiazide.

Concomitant use with lithium

Bendroflumethiazide inhibits the tubular elimination of lithium resulting in an elevated plasma lithium concentration and risk of toxicity. Both lithium and thiazide and related diuretics can cause hypokalaemia, increasing the risk of torsade de pointes. Avoid concurrent use unless lithium levels and potassium concentrations can be closely monitored and the lithium dose adjusted as necessary. Advise patients to report lithium adverse effects (tremor, dysarthria, ataxia, confusion) (see section 4.5).

Concomitant use with pimozide, sertindole or thioridazine

Diuretic-induced hypokalaemia increases the risk of ventricular arrhythmias with pimozide, sertindole and thioridazine therefore concomitant use should be avoided (see section 4.5).


Cases of photosensitivity reactions have been reported with thiazides and thiazide-related diuretics (see section 4.8). If photosensitivity reaction occurs during treatment, it is recommended to stop the treatment. If re-administration of the diuretic is deemed necessary, it is recommended to protect exposed areas to the sun or to artificial UVA.

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Thiazide diuretics can induce a cutaneous lupus-like adverse reaction. Thiazide diuretics may also exacerbate or activate systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in susceptible patients.


Pancreatitis has been reported during thiazide therapy. Thiazide therapy is associated with hypercalcaemia and hyperlipidaemia both of which are risk factors for pancreatitis.


Thiazide use may aggravate gout. Serum uric acid levels may be raised with or without gout in some patients.

Diabetes mellitus

Bendroflumethiazide may precipitate diabetes mellitus and may impair glycaemic control in patients with diabetes.


Caution should be exercised when used in patients with hyperlipidaemia.


This product contains the excipient lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Pharmacodynamic interactions


Co-administration of alcohol may potentiate orthostatic hypotension.


Enhanced hypotensive effect may occur when aldesleukin and thiazide diuretics are used concomitantly.

Anaesthetics, general

Enhanced hypotensive effect may occur when general anaesthetics and thiazide diuretics are used concomitantly.


Severe hyponatraemia may occur with concomitant administration of bendroflumethiazide and trimethoprim.


Co-administration of tricyclic antidepressants may increase the risk of postural hypotension. Enhanced hypotensive effect with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Possibly increased risk of hypokalaemia if thiazides given with reboxetine.


Bendroflumethiazide can act synergistically with chlorpropamide to increase the risk of hyponatraemia.


There is a risk of hyponatraemia occurring when thiazide diuretics, such as bendroflumethiazide, are used concomitantly with carbamazepine.


Increased risk of hypokalaemia with concurrent use of thiazide diuretics and amphotericin.


Thiazide diuretics may enhance the effect of other hypotension producing medications, including angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (potential for enhanced first-dose hypotension), angiotensin-II antagonists, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, alpha-blockers (increased risk of first-dose hypotension with alpha-blockers such as prazosin), hydralazine and diazoxide. The dosage of concomitantly administered antihypertensive drugs may need to be reduced when bendroflumethiazide is added to the regimen.


Postural hypotension associated with therapy may be enhanced by concomitant ingestion of barbiturates.

Calcium salts & Vitamins

There is a risk of hypercalcaemia with calcium salts and vitamin D. There is an increased risk of developing milk-alkali syndrome in patients given large amounts of calcium or vitamin D in combination with thiazides.

Calcium-channel blockers and peripheral vasodilators

The hypotensive effect of calcium channel blockers and moxisylyte may be enhanced when co-administered with bendroflumethiazide.


Increased risk of thiazide-induced hypokalaemia, mainly with the naturally occurring corticosteroids such as cortisone and hydrocortisone.

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) can also exacerbate hypokalaemia associated with bendroflumethiazide use.

Fluid retention associated with corticosteroid use may antagonise the diuretic/antihypertensive effect.


Increased risk of hypokalaemia with concurrent administration of other thiazides and other diuretics including acetazolamide and loop diuretics.


Enhanced hypotensive effect may occur when levodopa and thiazide diuretics are used concomitantly.

Hormone antagonists

There is an increased risk of hypercalcaemia when thiazides are used concomitantly with toremifene. There is an increased risk of hyponatraemia when thiazides are used concomitantly with aminoglutethimide.


Enhanced hypotensive effect may occur when nitrates and thiazide diuretics are used concomitantly.


Postural hypotension associated with therapy may be enhanced by concomitant ingestion of opioids.


Hypotensive effect may be potentiated by alprostadil.


Concomitant administration of xanthines such as theophylline and bendroflumethiazide increases the risk of hypokalaemia.


Increased risk of hypokalaemia with thiazide diuretics and high doses of beta- 2 sympathomimetics.

Ulcer healing drugs

Potential for severe hypokalaemia with carbenoxolone. Patients should be monitored and given potassium supplements when required.

Pharmacokinetic interactions

Anion exchange resins

Colestipol and colestyramine reduce absorption of thiazides. This can be prevented by leaving an interval of two hours between doses of bendroflumethiazide and the anion exchange resin.

Effect of other medicinal products on bendroflumethiazide


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as indomethacin and ketorolac antagonise the diuretic effect of bendroflumethiazide. This occurs to a lesser extent with ibuprofen, piroxicam and naproxen. The effects of concurrent use should be monitored and the dose of bendroflumethiazide modified if necessary.

Oestrogens and progestogens

Oestrogens and combined oral contraceptives antagonise the diuretic effect of thiazides.

Effect of bendroflumethiazide on other medicinal products


Some electrolyte disturbances (e.g. hypokalaemia, hypomagnesaemia) may increase the toxicity of certain other drugs (e.g. digitalis preparations and drugs inducing QT interval prolongation syndrome).


Diuretics may increase the risk of nephrotoxicity of non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The effects of concurrent use should be monitored and the dose of bendroflumethiazide modified if necessary.

Anti-arrhythmics (see section 4.4)

The cardiotoxicity of disopyramide, amiodarone, flecainide and quinidine is increased if hypokalaemia occurs. Action of lidocaine and mexiletine is antagonised by hypokalaemia. Hypokalaemia increases risk of ventricular arrhythmias with sotalol, a beta-blocker.


Bendroflumethiazide may antagonise the hypoglycaemic effects of antidiabetic drugs including insulin possibly necessitating adjustment of the dose of the antidiabetic agent.

Antigout agents

Potential for increased toxicity and hypersensitivity/allergic reactions with concomitant use of allopurinol and thiazide diuretics.

Antihistamines (see section 4.4)

Bendroflumethiazide-induced hypokalaemia may increase the risk of arrhythmias with drugs that prolong the QT interval, such as astemizole and terfenadine.


Concurrent administration of thiazides with beta-blockers or diazoxide has the potential to produce hyperglycaemia which may necessitate adjustment of the dose of antidiabetic medication including insulin. Intravascular immune haemolysis may occur in patients taking bendroflumethiazide and methyldopa.

Antimalarials (see section 4.4)

Bendroflumethiazide -induced hypokalaemia may increase the risk of arrhythmias with drugs that prolong the QT interval, such as halofantrine.

Antipsychotics (see section 4.4)

Diuretic-induced hypokalaemia increases the risk of ventricular arrhythmias with pimozide, sertindole and thioridazine therefore concomitant use should be avoided. Enhanced hypotensive effect may occur when phenothiazines and thiazide diuretics are used concomitantly.


Increased risk of nephrotoxicity and/or hypermagnesaemia with concomitant use of ciclosporin and thiazide diuretics, such as bendroflumethiazide.


Concomitant use with cisplatin can lead to an increased risk of nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity.

Digoxin (see section 4.4)

Sensitivity to digitalis glycosides may be increased by the hypokalaemic effect of concurrent bendroflumethiazide. Patients should be observed for signs of digitalis intoxication, in particular arrhythmias, and if these appear, treatment with cardiac glycosides may have to be temporarily suspended and a potassium supplement given to restore stability.

Lithium (see section 4.4)

Bendroflumethiazide inhibits the tubular elimination of lithium resulting in an elevated plasma lithium concentration and risk of toxicity. Both lithium and thiazide and related diuretics can cause hypokalaemia, increasing the risk of torsade de pointes. Avoid concurrent use unless lithium levels and potassium concentrations can be closely monitored and the lithium dose adjusted as necessary. Advise patients to report lithium adverse effects (tremor, dysarthria, ataxia, confusion).

Muscle relaxants

Diuretic-induced hypokalaemia may enhance the neuromuscular blocking activity of non-depolarising muscle relaxants, such as tubocurarine, gallamine, alcuronium and pancuronium. An enhanced hypotensive effect may occur with tizanidine.

Interference with tests for parathyroid function

Because thiazides may affect calcium metabolism, bendroflumethiazide may interfere with tests for parathyroid function. Bendroflumethiazide should be stopped before parathyroid function is tested

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Diuretics are best avoided for the management of oedema of pregnancy or hypertension in pregnancy as their use may be associated with hypokalemia, increased blood viscosity and reduced placental perfusion.

There is inadequate evidence of safety in human pregnancy and foetal bone marrow depression and thrombocytopenia has been described. Foetal and neonatal jaundice have also been described.

Bendroflumethiazide is secreted in mother's milk, therefore breast feeding should be avoided.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

None stated.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Summary of safety profile

The safety profile of bendroflumethiazide includes a degree of electrolyte imbalance. Serious adverse reactions include pancreatitis, hypersensitivity reactions, serious skin reactions and blood dyscrasias.

Adverse reactions listed below are based on available data for bendroflumethiazide and classified according to frequency and system organ class (SOC). Frequency categories are defined according to the following convention: 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), and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Table 1. Adverse reactions

System organ class

Very common




Very rare

Not known

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Blood dyscrasias, including neutropenia, agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia,

Immune system disorders

Hypersensitivity reactions

Endocrine disorders

Thiazides may cause hyperglycaemia and aggravate or unmask diabetes mellitus.

Nervous system disorders





Eye disorders

Choroidal effusiona

Vascular disorders

Postural hypotension


Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Pneumonitis and pulmonary oedema (as part of hypersensitivity reaction)

Gastrointestinal disorders






Gastric irritation

Dry Mouth


Hepatobiliary disorders



Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Rashes (including exfoliative dermatitis)


Skin eruptions resembling lichen planus and subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus

Erythema multiforme


Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Renal and urinary disorders

Acute interstitial nephritis

Non-opaque urate calculi


Reproductive system and breast disorders

Impotence (reversible on discontinuing the drug)


Increased triglyceride, total cholesterol, low- density and very- low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations





Hypochloraemic alkalosis

Hyperuricaemia with/without gout

a see subsection below for additional information

Description of selected adverse reactions

Choroidal effusion

Cases of choroidal effusion with visual field defect have been reported after the use of thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics.

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; website: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of overdosage include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, hypotension, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, convulsions, increased frequency of micturition with polyuria and thirst, paraesthesia, and tetany.

Extreme cases may show depletion of intravascular volume, hypotension and peripheral circulatory failure.

Hypokalaemia can occur and is especially important in patients with pre- existing cardiac disease. Hyponatraemia, hypomagnesaemia, hypercalcaemia, hypo- or hyperglycaemia and metabolic alkalosis are also possible. Electrolyte abnormalities can lead to arrhythmias.

CNS depression (e.g. drowsiness, lethargy and coma) may occur without cardiovascular or respiratory depression.

Management of overdose

Treatment should be supportive and directed at fluid and electrolyte replacement which should be monitored together with blood pressure, blood glucose, ECGs and renal function. Cathartics should be avoided.

There is no specific antidote.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Low-Ceiling Diuretics, thiazides-ATC code: C03AA01

Bendroflumethiazide is a thiazide diuretic and reduces the reabsorption of electrolytes from renal tubules thereby increasing the excretion of sodium and chloride and subsequently of water. The excretion of other electrolytes, notably potassium and magnesium, is also increased. The excretion of calcium is reduced. Thiazides also reduce carbonic anhydrase activity so that bicarbonate excretion is increased, but this effect is generally small and does not appreciably alter the acid-base balance or the pH of the urine. Thiazides also have a hypotensive effect, due to a reduction in peripheral resistance and enhance the effects of other antihypertensive agents.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Bendroflumethiazide may be completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and it is fairly extensively metabolised. About 30% is excreted unchanged in the urine. The onset of diuretic action of the thiazides following oral administration occurs within two hours and the peak effect between three and six hours after administration. The duration of the diuretic action of bendroflumethiazide is between 18 and 24 hours. The onset of the hypotensive action is generally three or four days.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

There are no pre-clinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to those included in other sections.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Lactose monohydrate

Pregelatinised maize starch

Maize starch

Purified talc

Magnesium stearate

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

36 months in polyethylene/polypropylene containers.

24 months in PVC/aluminium foil blister packs.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25° C.Store in the original package. Keep the containers tightly closed.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Polypropylene or polyethylene containers containing 500 tablets.

Blister packs of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 or 14, 28, 56, 84, 112 tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Special Concept Development (UK) Limited T/A RxFarma,

Colonial Way, Watford,

Hertfordshire, WD24 4YR

United Kingdom.

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 36722/0032

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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