- diltiazem hydrochloride
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Retalzem 60mg MR Tablets
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
RETALZEM® 60mg MR Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
WHAT IS IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What Retalzem is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Retalzem
3. How to take Retalzem
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Retalzem
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT RETALZEM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets. It contains the active ingredient diltiazem hydrochloride. It is one of a group of medicines called “calcium channel blockers”. These relax the muscles around blood vessels and make it easier for the heart to do its work.
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets are used for the treatment of:
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE RETALZEM
DO NOT take Retalzem and tell your doctor:
Take special care and tell your doctor:
Other medicines and Retalzem
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. In particular tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
Retalzem with food and drink
It is advisable to limit the amount of grapefruit juice you drink while taking Retalzem as it can increase the blood levels of the active ingredient diltiazem and may increase your chance of getting side effects. If you are concerned you should stop drinking grapefruit juice and consult your doctor
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
DO NOT take this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding. Always speak to your doctor before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy while taking this medicine. Do not drive or operate any tools or machines if you feel dizzy.
Important information about some of the ingredients of your medicine
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets contains lactose monohydrate. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets contain hydrogenated castor oil - this may cause stomach upset and diarrhoea.
3. HOW TO TAKE RETALZEM
Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets are not recommended for use in children.
How to take Retalzem
Swallow the tablets whole with a small glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Try to take your tablets at the same time each day.
If you forget to take Retalzem
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is more than six hours since your last dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you have missed.
If you take more Retalzem than you should
If you take too many tablets, or you think a child has accidentally swallowed any, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or doctor immediately. Take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you to show the doctor. Symptoms of an overdose include feeling dizzy or weak, blurred vision, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, an unusually fast or slow heartbeat, coma, slurred speech and confusion.
If you stop taking Retalzem
Keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking it because you feel better. If you stop, your condition may get worse.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP taking your medicine and tell your doctor immediately, or go to your nearest hospital casualty department if you experience:
Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following side effects:
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
Retalzem can change the levels of liver enzymes, which may show up in blood tests. This can mean that your liver is not working properly.
Reporting of side effects
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 Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard 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.
5. HOW TO STORE RETALZEM
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in original package in order to protect from moisture.
Return any leftover tablets to your pharmacist. Only keep them if your doctor tells you to. Medicines should 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 Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets contain
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets contains 60mg of the active ingredient diltiazem hydrochloride.
Each tablet also contains lactose monohydrate, hydrogenated castor oil, macrogol 6000 and magnesium stearate.
What Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets look like and contents of the pack
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets are white, round, scored tablets.
Retalzem® 60mg MR Tablets are available in blister packs of 84 or 100 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in April 2019
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