BAMBEC 10MG TABLETS

Active substance: BAMBUTEROL HYDROCHLORIDE

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Bambec® 10mg Tablets
(bambuterol hydrochloride)
Patient Information Leaflet
Steroid medicines (such as prednisolone).
Theophylline or aminophylline medicines (for breathing problems)
Beta-blocker medicines (such as propranolol and timolol) including eye
drops.
Water tablets (diuretics)
Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine (a medicine that stimulates the
heart).

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
* Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
* If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
* This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It
may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
* If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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Your medicine is called Bambec 10mg Tablets but will be referred to as
Bambec Tablets throughout this leaflet.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
* If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor before
taking Bambec Tablets
* If you get pregnant when taking Bambec Tablets, talk to your doctor
straight away
* It is not known if Bambec Tablets pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor
before breast-feeding if you are taking Bambec Tablets.

In this leaflet:
1 What Bambec Tablets are and what they are used for
2

Before you take Bambec Tablets

3

How to take Bambec Tablets

4

Possible side effects

5

How to store Bambec Tablets

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Further Information

Important information about some of the ingredients of Bambec Tablets
Bambec Tablets contain lactose which is type of sugar. If you have been told
by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugar (have an
intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

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1

What Bambec Tablets are and what they are used for

Bambec tablets contain bambuterol hydrochloride. They belong to a group of
medicines called bronchodilators.
* Bronchodilators work by relaxing the airways of your lungs, making them
wider.
* Bambec Tablets are used to treat breathing problems in people with
asthma and similar conditions.

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Before you take Bambec Tablets

Do not take Bambec Tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
Bambuterol hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients of Bambec Tablets
(see section 6: Further information).
Take special care with Bambec Tablets
Before you take Bambec Tablets, tell your doctor if:
* You are diabetic. You may need some additional blood sugar tests when
start taking Bambec Tablets.
* You have a history of heart disease, irregular heart rhythm or chest pains
(angina).
* You have an overactive thyroid gland.
* You have problems with your liver or kidneys
* You are going to have a general anaesthetic for an operation, including for
dental work.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently
taken, any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription. In particular, tell your doctor before taking Bambec Tablets if
you are taking:

How to take Bambec Tablets

Always take Bambec Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor if you are not sure. Read the label to remind you of
what the doctor said.
* The usual dose is one tablet just before bedtime.
* Do not chew or crush the tablets.
* Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
* If necessary, the tablets can be broken in half.
Contact your doctor straight away if:
* Your breathing is getting worse
* You often wake up at night with wheezing or difficulty in breathing
* You start to get a tight chest
* The Bambec tablets do not make your breathing any easier
If any of these happen, it could mean your asthma is not being controlled.
You may need different treatment or extra treatment straight away.
Children
Bambec Tablets should not be taken by children.
If you take more Bambec Tablets than you should
If you have taken more Bambec Tablets than prescribed by your doctor, tell
the doctor or go to the nearest hospital straight away. Take the Bambec
Tablets with you.
If you forget to take Bambec Tablets
If you forget to take dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost
time to take the next dose, wait until then. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose.
Stopping taking Bambec Tablets
Do not stop taking your medicine without first talking to your doctor.

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Bambec ® 10mg Tablets
(bambuterol hydrochloride)
Patient Information Leaflet (continued)
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Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Bambec tablets can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Allergic (hypersensitive) reactions:
An allergic reaction may happen with medicines like Bambec Tables. It is not
known exactly how often this happens. If you think Bambec Tablets are
causing an allergic recation, stop taking your tablets and contact your
doctor straight away.
An allergic reaction could cause:
* A swollen face
* Skin rash
* Breathing problems, low blood pressure (feeling faint) and collapse
You may experience Bronchospam (tightening of the muscles in the airways
which causes wheezing). It is not know exactly how often this happens. If
the wheezing comes on suddenly after taking your dose of Bambec Tablets
stop taking your tablets and contact your doctor straight away.
Contact your doctor if you notice any of the following:
* Muscle weakness, thirst or pins and needles. This may mean that you
have low levels of potassium in your blood. It is not known exactly how
often this happens. It is more likely to happen if you have severe asthma
or if you are taking steroid medicines, theophylline or aminophylline, or
water tablets (diuretics).
* Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat. These have occurred with
medicines of this type in susceptible patients.
Other possible side effects:
Very common (affects more than 1 in 10 people)
Trembling or shaking
Headache
Being restless
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Awareness of your heart beating (palpitations).
Sudden painful muscle tightness (cramp).
Difficulty in sleeping
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
Feeling agitated
Faster heartbeats
Irregular heartbeats
The following side effects can also occur but the frequency of these
are not known:
Feeling sick (nausea)
Feeling hyperactive
High levels of sugar in your blood
Feeling dizzy
Although it is known exactly how often this happenes, some people may
occasionally experience chest pain (due to heart problems such as angina).
Tell your doctor if you develop these symptoms whilst receiving treatment
with Bambec, but do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
Some of the side effects listed above may go away within 1 or 2 weeks of
starting Bambec tablets. If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

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How to store Bambec Tablets

Expiry date
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date shown on the carton label or
blister strip.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine, return any unused tablets
to your pharmacist (chemist) for safe disposal. Only keep this medicine, if
your doctor tells you to.
If your tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist (chemist) who will tell you what to do.
Storing your medicine
SIGHT
* KEEP OUT OF THE30°C. AND REACH OF CHILDREN
above
* Do not storeyour tablets out of the blister strip until it is time to take
* Do not take
your dose.
Important Information
Remember this medicine is for you. Only a doctor can prescribe it.
Never give your medicine to other people. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.

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Further information

What Bambec Tablets contain
*The active substance is bambuterol hydrochloride. Each tablet contains
10mg of the active ingredient.
*The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone,
microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate.
What Bambec Tablets look like and contents of the pack
They are a white, oval shaped tablet, marked 'A/BM' on one side, and
scored on the other. Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.
Manufacturer and Licence Holder
This medicine is manufactured by AstraZeneca Farmacéutica Spain, S.A.,
O Porriño (Pontevedra), Spain and are procured from within the EU and
repackaged by the Product Licence Holder: Lexon (UK) Limited,
Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire,
B98 0RE
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or
pharmacist. They will have additional information about this medicine and
will be able to advise you.

POM

PL 15184/0117

Bambec 10mg Tablets

Bambec is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca AB.
Revision date: 15/08/12

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