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Elantan LA 25 mg prolonged release capsules
Elantan LA 25 mg prolonged release capsules
1. What Elantan LA is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Elantan LA
3. How to take Elantan LA
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Elantan LA
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Elantan LA belongs to a group of medicines called organic nitrates. Organic nitrates work by widening the blood vessels in your heart to allow an increased amount of blood to flow to areas which need it.
Elantan LA is used to prevent angina pectoris. Angina usually feels like a tight pain in the chest, neck or arm area. The pain comes from the heart muscle and is a sign that part of it is not getting enough oxygen for the amount of work it is doing.
If any of the above applies to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Elantan LA is not suitable for the treatment of suddenly occurring chest pain (e.g. acute angina pectoris attack). In the event of an angina attack, an under-the-tongue (sublingual) treatment, such as GTN (glyceryl trinitrate) spray or tablet should be used instead of Elantan LA.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Elantan LA:
Organic nitrates have been shown to stop working or become less effective if they are taken continuously at high doses. It is important to closely follow the dosing instructions to avoid this.
Treatment with Elantan LA should not be stopped suddenly. Talk to your doctor before stopping Elantan LA (see section 3).
During treatment with Elantan LA you must not take medicinal products that contain PDE-5 inhibitors (e.g. sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (see section Other medicines and Elantan LA).
During treatment with Elantan LA, drinking alcohol should be avoided because alcohol can enhance the blood pressure-lowering effect of Elantan LA (see section Elantan LA with food, drink and alcohol).
Alcohol may also potentiate the lowering of blood pressure effect of nitrates.
Do not drink alcohol. It could increase the effect of Elantan LA and lower your blood pressure too much. If this happens, you may feel dizzy or faint.
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.
If you have blurred vision or feel dizzy or tired while taking Elantan LA, do not drive or operate machinery. This effect may be increased by alcohol use (see Elantan LA with food, drink and alcohol).
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you. Your dose will be shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist puts on your medicine. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use Elantan LA to treat an actual angina attack. Your doctor will give you a different medicine such as a GTN (glyceryl trinitrate) spray or tablet for this.
A reduced effect during use of this type of medicine has occurred in some patients, so intermittent treatment may be more suitable. Your doctor will decide the most suitable dosing for you.
Treatment with Elantan LA should not be stopped suddenly; the dosage and frequency should be gradually decreased. Talk to your doctor before stopping Elantan LA.
Use in children
This medicine is not suitable for children.
Do not take more Elantan LA than you should. If you accidentally take too much, immediately contact the nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor.
Symptoms of taking too much Elantan LA may include a decrease in blood pressure, paleness, sweating, diarrhoea, weak pulse, rapid heartbeat, headache, weakness, feeling sick, vomiting, feeling faint or dizzy.
Taking too much Elantan LA may cause a change in red blood cells (methaemoglobinemia), potentially resulting in a bluish discolouration of the skin, which may be followed by rapid breathing, anxiety, unconsciousness and heart attack. This is a possible reaction to Elantan LA and similar medicines, due to the way they are changed when they are absorbed into the body.
If you have any of these symptoms, lie on your back and position your feet so that they are higher than your head. Contact a doctor or a hospital immediately. The doctor can decide on the actions that must be taken according to the severity of the overdose and the nature of the discomfort. Take this package leaflet or the Elantan LA package with you so that the doctor knows which medicine you have taken.
A very large overdose could cause an increase in the pressure in the head, a coma or collapse and require immediate resuscitation.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Take your next dose at the usual time.
Do not stop taking Elantan LA without first talking to your doctor. You should keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better. If you stop taking the medication your condition may get worse.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 in 10 people):
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people):
They may occur for the first few days of treatment or after your dosage has been increased.
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people):
Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people):
Other side effects (frequency unknown)
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 Yellow Card Scheme Website: 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.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Elantan LA 25 mg is a hard capsule with brown cap and white body, containing white to off-white pellets. They come in blister packs of 28 capsules.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2023.
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