- diltiazem hydrochloride
POM: Prescription only medicine
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Dilzem XL 120, 180 and 240mg hard-capsules
Package leaflet: Information for the user
DILZEM® XL 120 mg, 180 mg, 240 mg Prolonged-release
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 DILZEM XL is and what it is used for.
2. What you need to know before you take DILZEM XL.
3. How to take DILZEM XL.
4. Possible side effects.
5. How to store DILZEM XL.
6. Contents of the pack and other information.
1. What DILZEM XL is and what it is used for
DILZEM XL contains the active ingredient, diltiazem hydrochloride.
Diltiazem hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers (which interfere with the movement of calcium in heart muscle cells). These medicines work to lower blood pressure and ease anginal chest pain by preventing the narrowing of blood vessels.
DILZEM XL is designed to release the active ingredient, diltiazem hydrochloride, in a controlled manner throughout the whole day so that blood pressure and angina are treated for a full 24 hour period.
DILZEM XL is used to treat and control mild to moderately high blood pressure and to prevent and treat chest pain (angina pectoris) due to the narrowing of blood vessels in the heart, which is brought on by exercise.
2. What you need to know before you take DILZEM XL
Do not take DILZEM XL:
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking DILZEM XL:
In some patients this medicine has caused mood changes, including depression. If you think you are affected in this way talk to you doctor.
If any of the above apply to you, please tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking DILZEM XL.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
Other medicines and DILZEM XL
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
If you are due to have surgery, or visit your dentist, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking DILZEM XL as it may interact with anaesthetics and the effect of the anaesthetics on the function of your heart may be increased by DILZEM XL.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take DILZEM XL if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
DILZEM XL should not affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you feel faint or dizzy, do not drive or operate any machines.
DILZEM XL contains sucrose
DILZEM XL contains sucrose. If you have been told that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking DILZEM XL.
3. How to take DILZEM XL
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose for adults is one 180 mg capsule a day.
Always swallow the capsules whole with water.
Do not suck or chew the capsule or remove the contents as this will affect the special release properties of the product.
Your doctor may increase the dose of DILZEM XL, depending on your response to the drug.
Elderly patients and those with kidney or liver problems may be started on a lower dose of 120 mg a day.
DILZEM XL is not recommended for children.
If you take more DILZEM XL than you should
If you accidentally take too many DILZEM XL capsules, tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department. An overdose is likely to cause severe low blood pressure, collapse, and slow heart rate. Take along any capsules that are left, the container and this leaflet so that the hospital staff can easily tell what medicine you have taken.
If you forget to take DILZEM XL
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose (up to eight hours before), do not take the missed dose but take your next dose at your normal time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten one.
If you stop taking DILZEM XL
Do NOT stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor first even if you feel better.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following, stop taking DILZEM XL and contact your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital:
It is not known how often these side effects happen.
If you notice any of the following, stop taking DILZEM XL and contact your doctor immediately:
As these may be signs of liver problems.
Other side effects include:
Very common (affects more than 1 in 10 people);
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
Side effects with frequency not known:
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
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store DILZEM XL
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the blister strips after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If your doctor tells you to stop your treatment, return any left over capsules to the pharmacist.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What DILZEM XL contains
What DILZEM XL looks like and contents of the pack
DILZEM XL capsules are white coloured capsules printed with e120, e180 or e240. They are supplied in blister packs of 28 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
This leaflet was last revised in November 2015.
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