- nefopam hydrochloride
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Nefopam Hydrochloride 30mg Film-coated Tablets
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
NEFOPAM HYDROCHLORIDE 30MG FILM-COATED 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 Nefopam is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Nefopam
3. How to take Nefopam
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nefopam
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT NEFOPAM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Nefopam hydrochloride 30mg Film-coated Tablets (referred to as Nefopam throughout this leaflet). Nefopam belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics, commonly known as pain killers or pain relievers.
The active substance, nefopam hydrochloride, interrupts the pain messages being sent to your brain, and it also acts in your brain to stop pain messages being felt. This means that Nefopam does NOT stop the pain from happening, but you will not be able to feel the pain as much.
Nefopam is used to relieve acute and chronic pain (for example pain after an operation, dental pain, joint or muscle pain, after an injury, or pain caused by cancer).
Nefopam should NOT be used to treat the pain from a heart attack.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE NEFOPAM
Do not take Nefopam:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Nefopam if:
Nefopam is NOT recommended for children under 12 years old (see section 3).
Other medicines and Nefopam
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including those obtained without prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken the following medicines:
Tell your doctor or dentist if you are taking any of these medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Nefopam should NOT be taken during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Nefopam can cause drowsiness. You should NOT drive or use machines when you first start to take this medicine until you are certain that you are not getting any side effects. If in any doubt, speak to your doctor before you drive or use machines.
3. HOW TO TAKE NEFOPAM
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Dosage for adults:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if:
Use in children and adolescents:
Dosage for elderly patients:
In elderly patients the doctor may reduce the number of tablets that are taken.
Dosage for patients with kidney and/or liver problems:
Your doctor may adjust the dose of Nefopam depending upon your condition.
If you take more Nefopam than you should
If you think that you or any other person, may have taken too many tablets, contact your doctor or hospital casualty department immediately. Over dosage can cause symptoms such as seizure, disturbance in thinking and perception, unconsciousness, anxiety, fast resting heart rate and abnormally increasing circulatory volume.
Take any remaining tablets and this leaflet with you so that the medical staff knows exactly what you have taken.
If you forget to take Nefopam
If you forget to take Nefopam, take it as soon as you remember. Do NOT take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Nefopam
Do NOT stop taking Nefopam without checking with your doctor first.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you or someone you know taking this medicine experiences any of the following side effects, STOP taking this medicine and contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY:
Other side effects include:
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. 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 NEFOPAM
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Nefopam contains
The active substance is nefopam hydrochloride 30mg.
The other ingredients are calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, cellulose microcrystalline, starch pregelatinised, hydrogenated vegetable oil, silica colloidal anhydrous and magnesium stearate.
The coating consists of hydroxyl propyl methylcellulose 2910/hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171) macrogol/polyethylene glycol and purified water.
What Nefopam looks like and contents of the pack
Nefopam hydrochloride 30 mg Tablets are white to off white, round, biconvex film coated tablets with 'NFP' debossed on one side and plain on other side. The tablets are supplied in blister packs of 90 tablets.
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This leaflet was last revised in April 2019.
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