- verapamil hydrochloride
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Vertab SR 240mg
PACKAGE INFORMATION LEAFLET
VERTAB® SR 240 Tablets
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
In this leaflet:
1. What Vertab SR 240 Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Vertab SR 240 Tablets
3. How to take Vertab SR 240 Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Vertab SR 240 Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT VERTAB SR 240 TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is: Vertab SR 240 Tablets
Vertab SR 240 Tablets belong to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blockers change the amount of calcium getting into the muscle cells in your heart and blood vessels.
This can change the strength and speed with which your heart beats. It also opens up the blood vessels so blood can be pumped around the body more easily. This helps more oxygen to get to your heart muscle and can lower your blood pressure.
Vertab SR 240 Tablets are indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension (high blood pressure) and the treatment and prevention of angina pectoris (chest pain).
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE VERTAB SR 240 TABLETS
If you are unsure if any of the list applies to you, ask your doctor before you start to take your tablets.
Do not take Vertab SR 240 Tablets:
Warnings and Precautions
Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Vertab SR 240 Tablets if:
Children and Adolescents
There are no data on the use of verapamil prolonged release tablets in children and adolescents.
Other medicines and Vertab SR 240:
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any of the following medicines, even those not prescribed:
Verapamil may decrease the glucose-lowering effect of metformin.
Vertab SR 240 Tablets will increase the time your body takes to get rid of alcohol. This means that you may not have to drink as much for your blood alcohol level to be above the legal limit to drive. It will also take you longer to sober up.
Other important information:
Do not drink grapefruit juice whilst taking your tablets as it can affect the absorption of this medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines:
Vertab SR 240 Tablets can make some people feel dizzy especially when first starting to take the tablets. Do not drive, operate machinery or do anything that requires you to be alert, until you know how the tablets affect you.
Vertab SR 240 Tablets contains sodium:
This medicine contains about 35 mg sodium (main component of cooking/table salt) in each tablet.
This is equivalent to 1.75% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult.
3. HOW TO TAKE VERTAB SR 240 TABLETS
Always take Vertab SR 240 Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
The tablets should not be chewed or crushed.
They should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. It does not matter if you have not eaten.
Vertab SR 240 Tablets is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age.
The dose will be the same as that for adults. If you have kidney or liver problem, your doctor may lower your dose.
If you take more Vertab SR 240 Tablets than you should
In case of an overdose, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY, taking your tablets with you.
If you forget to take Vertab SR 240 Tablets
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, tell your doctor or your pharmacist. If you take too many tablets by mistake, any side effects (see below) may be worse than usual; in this case see your doctor.
If you stop taking Vertab SR 240 Tablets
It is important that you continue taking the tablets until your doctor tells you to stop. Do NOT stop because you feel better. If you stop taking the tablets too soon your condition may get worse.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Vertab SR 240 Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience the following side effects you should tell your doctor immediately:
Do not stop taking the tablets, but tell your doctor if you get any of the following:
Constipation (the most common side effect), flushing of the face or neck, headaches, feeling or being sick, abdominal pain or discomfort, a feeling of dizziness or spinning, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears), tiredness, tremor, movement disorders, muscle weakness, aches and pains in the joints and/or muscles, skin rash or itching, a tingling or prickling feeling on the skin, numbness and hair loss. Impotence may occur rarely.
Other side effects might occur if Vertab SR 240 is used for a long time. Tell your doctor if you develop swollen gums which start to spread over your teeth, or if your breasts swell (males) or start to produce milk (males and females). These effects are rare and are resolved upon stopping taking the tablets.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
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 VERTAB SR 240 TABLETS
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Vertab SR 240 Tablets after the expiry date on the label and carton.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use Vertab SR 240 Tablets if you notice any visible signs of deterioration.
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 Vertab SR 240 Tablets contain:
The active substance is: Verapamil Hydrochloride 240mg.
The other ingredients are: Core: Sodium alginate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Povidone, Hypromellose, Colloidal anhydrous silica, Magnesium stearate.
Coating: Hypromellose, Titanium dioxide, Macrogol, Yellow Lake E-104, Blue Lake E-132 and Carnauba wax.
What Vertab SR 240 Tablets look like and content of the pack:
This medicine can be identified as modified release, light-green film-coated, capsule-shaped, scored tablets.
Vertab SR 240 Tablets are supplied in packs of 28 tablets.
The Manufacturer/Holder of Marketing Authorisation is:
This leaflet was last revised in January 2021