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Indapamide 2.5mg Tablets

Active Ingredient:
indapamide hemihydrate
ATC code: 
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Last updated on emc: 03 Mar 2023
1. Name of the medicinal product

Indapamide 2.5 mg Tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each tablet contains 2.5 mg indapamide hemihydrate

Excipient with known effect:

Each tablet contains 103.1 mg of spray dried lactose

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Film-coated tablet

Round, white, film-coated tablet with S6 stamped on one side

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

For the treatment of essential hypertension in adults.

4.2 Posology and method of administration



The dosage is one tablet, containing 2.5 mg indapamide hemihydrate, daily, to be taken in the morning.

The action of indapamide is progressive and the reduction in blood pressure may continue and not reach a maximum until several months after the start of therapy. A larger dose than 2.5 mg indapamide daily is not recommended as there is no appreciable additional antihypertensive effect but a diuretic effect may become apparent. If a single daily tablet of indapamide does not achieve a sufficient reduction in blood pressure, another antihypertensive agent may be added; those which have been used in combination with indapamide include beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, methyldopa, clonidine and other adrenergic blocking agents. The co-administration of indapamide with diuretics which may cause hypokalaemia is not recommended.

There is no evidence of rebound hypertension on withdrawal of indapamide.

Special populations

Renal impairment (see sections 4.3 and 4.4)

In severe renal failure (creatinine clearance below 30 ml/min), treatment is contraindicated.

Thiazide and related diuretics are fully effective only when renal function is normal or only minimally impaired.

Hepatic impairment (see sections 4.3 and 4.4)

In severe hepatic impairment, treatment is contraindicated.

Elderly (see section 4.4)

In the elderly, the plasma creatinine must be adjusted in relation to age, weight and gender. Elderly patients can be treated with indapamide when renal function is normal or only minimally impaired.

Paediatric population

Indapamide is not recommended for use in children and adolescents due to a lack of data on safety and efficacy.

Method of administration

Indapamide tablets are for oral administration only.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to indapamide, to other sulfonamides or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

• Severe renal failure.

• Hepatic encephalopathy or severe impairment of liver function.

• Hypokalaemia

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Special warnings

When liver function is impaired, thiazide-related diuretics may cause hepatic encephalopathy which can progress to hepatic coma, particularly in case of electrolyte imbalance. Administration of the diuretic must be stopped immediately if this occurs.


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 a re-administration of the diuretic is deemed necessary, it is recommended to protect exposed areas to the sun or to artificial UVA.

Special precautions for use

Water and electrolyte balance

Plasma sodium

This must be measured before starting treatment, then at regular intervals subsequently. The fall in plasma sodium may be asymptomatic initially and regular monitoring is therefore essential, and should be even more frequent in the elderly and cirrhotic patients (see sections 4.8 and 4.9). Any diuretic treatment may cause hyponatraemia, sometimes with very serious consequences. Hyponatraemia with hypovolaemia may be responsible for dehydration and orthostatic hypotension. Concomitant loss of chloride ions may lead to secondary compensatory metabolic alkalosis: the incidence and degree of this effect are slight.

Plasma potassium

Potassium depletion with hypokalaemia is the major risk of thiazide and related diuretics. Hypokalaemia may cause muscle disorders. Cases of rhabdomyolysis have been reported, mainly in the context of severe hypokalaemia. The risk of onset of hypokalaemia (< 3.4 mmol/l) must be prevented in certain high risk populations, i.e. the elderly, malnourished and/or polymedicated, cirrhotic patients with oedema and ascites, coronary artery disease and cardiac failure patients. In this situation, hypokalaemia increases the cardiac toxicity of digitalis preparations and the risks of arrhythmias.

Individuals with a long QT interval are also at risk, whether the origin is congenital or iatrogenic. Hypokalaemia, as well as bradycardia, is then a predisposing factor to the onset of severe arrhythmias, in particular, potentially fatal torsades de pointes.

More frequent monitoring of plasma potassium is required in all the situations indicated above. The first measurement of plasma potassium should be obtained during the first week following the start of treatment.

Detection of hypokalaemia requires its correction. Hypokalaemia found in association with low serum magnesium concentration can be refractory to treatment unless serum magnesium is corrected.

Plasma magnesium

Thiazides and related diuretics including indapamide have been shown to increase the urinary excretion of magnesium, which may result in hypomagnesaemia (see section 4.5 and 4.8).

Plasma calcium

Thiazide and related diuretics may decrease urinary calcium excretion and cause a slight and transitory rise in plasma calcium. Frank hypercalcaemia may be due to previously unrecognised hyperparathyroidism.

Treatment should be withdrawn before the investigation of parathyroid function.

Blood glucose

Monitoring of blood glucose is important in diabetics, in particular in the presence of hypokalaemia.

Uric acid

Tendency to gout attacks may be increased in hyperuricaemic patients.

Renal function and diuretics

Thiazide and related diuretics are fully effective only when renal function is normal or only minimally impaired (plasma creatinine below levels of the order of 25 mg/l, i.e. 220 µ mol/l in an adult). In the elderly, this plasma creatinine must be adjusted in relation to age, weight and gender.

Hypovolaemia, secondary to the loss of water and sodium induced by the diuretic at the start of treatment causes a reduction in glomerular filtration. This may lead to an increase in blood urea and plasma creatinine. This transitory functional renal insufficiency is of no consequence in individuals with normal renal function but may worsen pre-existing renal insufficiency.


The attention of athletes is drawn to the fact that this medicinal product contains a drug substance, which may give a positive reaction in doping tests.

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.


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

Indapamide contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Combinations that are not recommended


Increased plasma lithium with signs of overdosage, as with a salt-free diet (decreased urinary lithium excretion). However, if the use of diuretics is necessary, careful monitoring of plasma lithium and dose adjustment are required.

Combinations requiring precautions for use

Torsades de pointes-inducing drugs (such as but not limited to):

• class Ia antiarrhythmics agents ( e.g.quinidine, hydroquinidine, disopyramide),

• class III antiarrhythmics agents (e.g. amiodarone, sotalol, dofetilide, ibutilide, bretylium),

• some antipsychotics :

- phenothiazines (e.g. chlorpromazine, cyamemazine, levomepromazine, thioridazine, trifluoperazine),

- benzamides (e.g. amisulpride, sulpiride, sultopride, tiapride),

- butyrophenones (e.g. droperidol, haloperidol),

- other antipsychotics (e.g. pimozide).

• Other substances : bepridil, cisapride, diphemanil, erythromycin IV, halofantrine, mizolastine, pentamidine, sparfloxacin, moxifloxacin, vincamine IV, methadone, astemizole, terfenadine.

Increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias, particularly torsades de pointes (hypokalaemia is a risk factor).

Monitor for hypokalaemia and correct, if required, before introducing this combination. Clinical, plasma electrolytes and ECG monitoring.

Use substances which do not have the disadvantage of causing torsades de pointes in the presence of hypokalaemia.

N.S.A.I.Ds (systemic route) including COX-2 selective inhibitors, high dose acetylsalicylic acid (≥ 3 g/day)

Possible reduction in the antihypertensive effect of indapamide.

Risk of acute renal failure in dehydrated patients (decreased glomerular filtration). Hydrate the patient; monitor renal function at the start of treatment.

Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

Risk of sudden hypotension and/or acute renal failure when treatment with an ACE inhibitor is initiated in the presence of pre-existing sodium depletion (particularly in patients with renal artery stenosis).

In hypertension, when prior diuretic treatment may have caused sodium depletion, it is necessary:

• either to stop the diuretic 3 days before starting treatment with the ACE inhibitor and restart a hypokalaemic diuretic if necessary;

• or give low initial doses of the ACE inhibitor and increase the dose gradually.

In congestive heart failure, start with a very low dose of ACE inhibitor, possibly after a reduction in the dose of the concomitant hypokalaemic diuretic.

In all cases, monitor renal function (plasma creatinine) during the first weeks of treatment with an ACE inhibitor.

Other compounds causing hypokalaemia: amphotericin B (IV), gluco- and mineralo-corticoids (systemic route), tetracosactide, stimulant laxatives

Increased risk of hypokalaemia (additive effect).

Monitoring of plasma potassium and correction if required. Must be particularly borne in mind in case of concomitant digitalis treatment. Use non-stimulant laxatives.


Increased antihypertensive effect.

Hydrate the patient; monitor renal function at the start of treatment.

Digitalis preparations

Hypokalaemia and/or hypomagnesaemia predispose to the toxic effects of digitalis. Monitoring of plasma potassium, magnesium and ECG is recommended and, if necessary, adjust the treatment.

Combinations requiring special care


Concomitant treatment with indapamide may increase the incidence of hypersensitivity reactions to allopurinol.

Combinations to be taken into consideration

Potassium-sparing diuretics (amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene)

Whilst rational combinations are useful in some patients, hypokalaemia or hyperkalaemia particularly in patients with renal failure or diabetes may still occur. Plasma potassium and ECG should be monitored and, if necessary, treatment reviewed.


Increased risk of metformin induced lactic acidosis due to the possibility of functional renal failure associated with diuretics and more particularly with loop diuretics. Do not use metformin when plasma creatinine exceeds 15 mg/l (135 µ mol/l) in men and 12 mg/l (110 µ mol/l) in women.

Iodinated contrast media

In the presence of dehydration caused by diuretics, increased risk of acute renal failure, in particular when large doses of iodinated contrast media are used.

Rehydration before administration of the iodinated compound.

Imipramine-like antidepressants, neuroleptics

Antihypertensive effect and increased risk of orthostatic hypotension (additive effect).

Calcium (salts)

Risk of hypercalcaemia resulting from decreased urinary elimination of calcium.

Ciclosporin, tacrolimus

Risk of increased plasma creatinine without any change in circulating ciclosporin levels, even in the absence of water/sodium depletion.

Corticosteroids, tetracosactide (systemic route)

Decreased antihypertensive effect (water/sodium retention due to corticosteroids).

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


There are no or limited amount of data (less than 300 pregnancy outcomes) from the use of indapamide in pregnant women. Prolonged exposure to thiazide during the third trimester of pregnancy can reduce maternal plasma volume as well as uteroplacental blood flow, which may cause a foeto-placental ischaemia and growth retardation.

Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3).

As a precautionary measure, it is preferable to avoid the use of indapamide during pregnancy.


Indapamide is excreted in human milk in small amounts.Hypersensitivity to sulfonamide-derived medicines and hypokalaemia might occur. A risk to the newborns/infants cannot be excluded.

Indapamide is closely related to thiazide diuretics which have been associated, during breast-feeding, with decreased or even suppression of milk lactation.

Indapamide is not recommended during breast-feeding.


Reproductive toxicity studies showed no effect on fertility in female and male rats (see section 5.3). No effects on human fertility are anticipated.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Indapamide does not affect vigilance but different reactions in relation with the decrease in blood pressure may occur in individual cases, especially at the start of the treatment or when another antihypertensive agent is added.

As a result, the ability to drive vehicles or to operate machinery may be impaired.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Summary of safety profile

The most commonly reported adverse reactions are hypokalaemia, hypersensitivity reactions, mainly dermatological, in subjects with a predisposition to allergic and asthmatic reactions and maculopapular rashes.

During clinical trials, hypokalaemia (plasma potassium <3.4 mmol/l) was seen in 25% of patients and <3.2 mmol/l in 10% of patients after 4 to 6 weeks treatment. After 12 weeks treatment, the mean fall in plasma potassium was 0.41 mmol/l.

The majority of adverse reactions concerning clinical or laboratory parameters are dose-dependent.

Tabulated summary of adverse reactions

The following undesirable effects have been observed with indapamide during

treatment ranked under the following frequency:

Very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100, < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1000, < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000), very rare (≥ 1/100,000 to < 1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).


System Organ Class

Undesirable Effects


Blood and the lymphatic system disorders


Very rare

Aplastic anaemia,

Very rare

Haemolytic anaemia

Very rare


Very rare


Very rare

Metabolism and nutrition disorders


Very rare

Hypokalaemia (see section 4.4)


Hyponatraemia (see section 4.4)






Nervous system disorders










Not known

Eye disorders


Not known

Blurred vision

Not known

Visual impairment

Not known

Acute angle-closure glucoma

Not known

Choroidal effusion

Not known

Cardiac disorders


Very rare

Torsade de pointes (potentially fatal) (see sections 4.4 and 4.5)

Now known

Vascular disorders


Very rare

Gastrointestinal disorders







Dry mouth



Very rare

Hepatobiliary disorders

Abnormal hepatic function

Very rare

Possibility of onset of hepatic encephalopathy in case of hepatic insufficiency (see sections 4.3 and 4.4)

Not known


Not known

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Hypersensitivity reactions,


Maculopapular rashes





Very rare


Very rare

Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Very rare

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Very rare

Possible worsening of pre-existing acute disseminated lupus erythematosus

Not known

Photosensitivity reactions (see section 4.4)

Not known

Renal and urinary disorders

Renal failure

Very rare

Reproductive system and breast disorders

Erectile dysfunction


Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders

Muscle spasms

Not known

Muscular weakness

Not known


Not known


Not known


Electrocardiogram QT prolonged (see sections 4.4 and 4.5)

Not known

Blood glucose increased (see section 4.4),

Not known

Blood uric acid increased (see section 4.4),

Not known

Elevated liver enzyme levels

Not known

Description of selected adverse reactions

During phase II and III studies comparing indapamide 1.5mg and 2.5mg, plasma potassium analysis showed a dose-dependent effect of indapamide:

- Indapamide 1.5mg: Plasma potassium <3.4 mmol/l was seen in 10 % of patients and < 3.2 mmol/l in 4 % of patients after 4 to 6 weeks treatment. After 12 weeks treatment, the mean fall in plasma potassium was 0.23 mmol/l.

- Indapamide 2.5 mg: Plasma potassium <3.4 mmol/l was seen in 25 % of patients and < 3.2 mmol/l in 10 % of patients after 4 to 6 weeks treatment. After 12 weeks treatment, the mean fall in plasma potassium was 0.41 mmol/l.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

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4.9 Overdose


Indapamide has been found to be free of toxicity up to 40 mg, i.e. 16 times the therapeutic dose.

Signs of acute poisoning take the form above all of water/electrolyte disturbances (hyponatraemia, hypokalaemia). Clinically, there is a possibility of nausea, vomiting, hypotension, cramps, vertigo, drowsiness, confusion, polyuria or oliguria possibly to the point of anuria (by hypovolaemia).


Initial measures involve the rapid elimination of the ingested substance(s) by gastric washout and/or administration of activated charcoal, followed by restoration of water/electrolyte balance to normal in a specialised centre.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: sulfonamides, plain;

ATC code: C03 BA11.

Mechanism of action

Indapamide is a non-thiazide sulfonamide with an indole ring, belonging to the diuretic family. At the dose of 2.5 mg per day indapamide exerts a prolonged antihypertensive activity in hypertensive human subjects.

Pharmacodynamic effects

Dose-effect studies have demonstrated that, at the dose of 2.5 mg per day, the antihypertensive effect is maximal and the diuretic effect is sub-clinical.

At this antihypertensive dose of 2.5 mg per day, indapamide reduces vascular hyper-reactivity to noradrenaline in hypertensive patients and decreases total peripheral resistance and arteriolar resistance.

The implication of an extrarenal mechanism of action in the antihypertensive effect is demonstrated by maintenance of its antihypertensive efficacy in functionally anephric hypertensive patients.

The vascular mechanism of action of indapamide involves:

• a reduction in the contractility of vascular smooth muscle due to a modification of transmembrane ion exchanges, essentially calcium;

• vasodilation due to stimulation of the synthesis of prostaglandin PGE2 and the vasodilator and platelet antiaggregant prostacyclin PGI2;

• potentiation of the vasodilator action of bradykinin.

It has also been demonstrated that in the short-, medium- and long-term, in hypertensive patients, indapamide:

• reduces left ventricular hypertrophy;

• does not appear to alter lipid metabolism: triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol;

• does not appear to alter glucose metabolism, even in diabetic hypertensive patients. Normalization of blood pressure and significant reduction in microalbuminuria have been observed after prolonged administration of indapamide in diabetic hypertensive subjects.

Lastly, the co-prescription of indapamide with other antihypertensives (beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors) results in an improved control of hypertension with an increased percentage of responders compared to that observed with single-agent therapy.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Indapamide is rapidly and completely absorbed after oral administration. Peak blood levels are obtained after 1-2 hours.


Indapamide is concentrated in the erythrocytes and is 79% bound to plasma protein and to erythrocytes. It is taken up by the vascular wall in smooth vascular muscle according to its high lipid solubility.


70% of a single oral dose is eliminated by the kidneys and 23% by the gastrointestinal tract. Indapamide is metabolised to a marked degree with 7% of the unchanged product found in the urine during the 48 hours following administration. Elimination half-life (β phase) of indapamide is approximately 15 - 18 hours.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Indapamide has been tested negative concerning mutagenic and carcinogenic properties.

The highest doses administered orally to different animal species (40 to 8000 times the therapeutic dose) have shown an exacerbation of the diuretic properties of indapamide. The major symptoms of poisoning during acute toxicity studies with indapamide administered intravenously or intraperitoneally were related to the pharmacological action of indapamide, i.e. bradypnoea and peripheral vasodilation.

Reproductive toxicity studies have not shown embryotoxicity and teratogenicity.

Fertility was not impaired either in male or in female rats.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients


Spray dried lactose

Microcrystalline cellulose

Magnesium stearate

Croscarmellose sodium (type A)

Film Coat


Macrogol 400

Titanium dioxide

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable

6.3 Shelf life

2 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage


6.5 Nature and contents of container

White, opaque PVC (250 µ m)/aluminium foil (20 µ m) blister packs contained in cardboard cartons.

Pack sizes: 28, 30, 56, 60.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
7. Marketing authorisation holder

Zentiva Pharma UK Limited

12 New Fetter Lane



United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 17780/0111

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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