BISOPROLOL FUMARATE / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 5 MG / 6.25 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance: HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Bisoprolol / Hydrochlorothiazide 2.5 mg/6.25 mg Film-coated Tablets
Bisoprolol / Hydrochlorothiazide 5 mg/6.25 mg Film-coated Tablets
Bisoprolol / Hydrochlorothiazide 10 mg/6.25 mg Film-coated Tablets
Bisoprolol fumarate and hydrochlorothiazide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using 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 you get any side effects, atlk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possibel side effects
not lisetd in this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1.
What BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
3.
How to take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
6.
Contents of the pack and other information

1.

WHAT BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED
FOR

BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE contains the active substances bisoprolol and
hydrochlorothiazide:
Bisoprolol belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers and is used to lower blood
pressure.
Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a group of medicines called thiazide diuretics (“water tablets”)
and also helps to lower blood pressure by increasing urine output.
This medicine is used to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure.

2.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Do not take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
Do not take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE if one of the following conditions applies
to you:
Allergy (hypersensitivity) to bisoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide, other thiazides, sulphonamides, or
to any of the other ingredients (see section 6 ‘What BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE contains’),
Severe asthma or certain severe forms of chronic bronchial diseases,
Heart failure not controlled by therapy, or cardigenic shock (an acute serious heart condition
causing low blood pressure and circulatory failure),
Certain cardiac rhythm disorders, in particular slow heart rate causing problems, conduction
disturbances or a disorder called sick sinus syndrome,
Untreated phaeochromocytoma (tumour of the adrenal gland secreting substances which induce
severe high blood pressure),
Severe blood circulation problems in your limbs (such as Raynaud’s syndrome which may
cause your fingers or toes to tingle or turn pale or blue),
Increased blood acidity (metabolic acidosis) as a result of severe illness,
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Severe liver or kidney problems,
Low blood levels of potassium, not responding to treatment,
If you are taking sultopride (which is used to treat certain psychiatric disorders).

Warning and precautions
Never suddenly stop taking treatment, in particular if you suffer from certain heart disorders
(ischaemic heart disease, for example angina pectoris).
Talk to your doctor before taking BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE if you have:
any heart disease such as heart failure, disturbances in heart rhythm, or Prinzmetal’s angina,
less severe blood circulation problems in your limbs (in particular Raynaud's syndrome),
kidney or liver problems,
phaeochromocytoma (tumour of the adrenal gland),
less severe chronic bronchial disease (asthma or chronic obstructive airway disease),
diabetes,
thyroid disorders,
psoriasis,
strict fasting.
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If you have ever suffered from gout, as BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE may
enhance the risk for gout attacks,
If you are going to have an anaesthetic (e.g. for surgery) because BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE may influence how your body reacts to this situation,
If you plan to have desensitisation therapy, because BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE may make it more likely that you experience an allergic
reaction, or that such a reaction may be more severe,
If you are breast-feeding or intend to do so,
If you intend to expose yourself to the sun or to artificial UV light, as a few patients have
experienced skin rash after exposure to sunlight. In this case, you should protect your skin while
you are treated with BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE .

Hydrochlorothiazide works by influencing the salt and water balance in your body. Your doctor may
want to check this from time to time. This is especially important if you have additional conditions
which may become worse if the electrolyte balance is disturbed. Your doctor will also check your
levels of blood fats, uric acid, or blood glucose from time to time.
This medicine is not recommended at the same time as lithium (used to treat some psychiatric
disorders) or medicines used to treat high blood pressure, angina pectoris or irregular heart beat (such
as verapamil, diltiazem or bepridil) (see section “Taking other medicines”).
Competitive athletes should be aware that this product contains an active substance that may give a
positive reaction in doping tests.
Other medicines and Bisoprolol/Hydrochlorothiazide
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicine,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.
You must not take Bisoprolol/Hydrochlorothiazide if you are treated with the following medicine (see
above, “Do not take Bisoprolol/Hydrochlorothiazide”):
sultopride, which is used to treat some forms of psychiatric disorders.
Especially talk to your doctor if you are taking one of the following:
• antiarrhythmic drugs (such as dilitiazem, verapamil, bepridil, propafenone, cibenzoline,
flecainide, lidocaine, amiodarone, sotalol)
• certain psychiatric drugs (lithium, pimozide, haloperidol, sulpiride)
• Any antihypertensive drugs (e.g. clonidine, methyldopa, moxonidine, rilmenidine, nifedipine,
amlodipine, so called ACE inhibitors (e.g. ramipril, perindopril, trandalopril, perindopril etc.),
so called angiotensin II receptor antagonists (e.g. valsartan, olemsalrtan, losaratn etc.))
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Antidiuretics (such as amiloride, triamterene, spironolactone),
Certain allergy drugs (astemizole and terfenadine)
Bepridil (drug for angina pectoris),
Certain drugs for stomach problems (cisapride and diphemanil)
Certain antibiotics (erythromycin, moxifloxacin, pentamidine, spiramycin, sparfloxacin, and
amphotericin)
Certain drugs for malaria (halofantrine, lumefantrine and mefloquine)
methadone,
vincamine,
donepezil (drug for Alzheimer disease),
drugs for a disease called miastenia gravis (e.g neostigmin)
drugs for the treatment of diabetes mellitus (insulin, sulphonylureas, glinides)
digitalis (digoxin)(drug for heart failure)
Pain killers such as ibuprofen, acetylsalycilic acid, diclofenac, naproxen (so called nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs)
Laxatives
Drugs for gout (e.g. alopurinol)
Eye drops for glaucoma treatment (e.g. timolol)
Carbamazepine (a drug for epilepsy and pain)
Calcium
Ciclosporin
Corticosteroids (e.g. cortisone, prednisone, prednisolone)
If you need a surgery under general anesthesia, the doctor must know you take Bisoprolol/
Hydrochlorothiazide

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, thing you might be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Usually, your doctor will advise you to take another medicine instead of BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE , as it is not recommended during pregnancy. This is because
hydrochlorothiazide crosses the placenta and its use after the third month of pregnancy may cause
potentially harmful fetal and neonatal effects.
Use of this medicine is not recommended during breast-feeding.

Driving and using machines
Normally BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE does not affect your ability to drive or use
machines. However, your individual response may influence your ability to concentrate and react. If
this happens, do not drive vehicles or use machines.

3.

HOW TO TAKE BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Always take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual starting dose is one 2.5 mg/6.25 mg tablet daily. If the blood pressure-lowering effect of this
dose is inadequate, the dose will be increased to one 5 mg/6.25 mg tablet daily and, if the response is
still inadequate, to one 10 mg/6.25 mg tablet daily.
Take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE in the morning, with or without food. Swallow
the tablet with some liquid. Do not chew.

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Never suddenly stop taking treatment (see section “If you stop taking BISOPROLOL /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE ”).
Children
There is no experience with BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE in children, therefore its
use is not recommended for children.
Taking BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE with food and drink
BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE may be taken with or without food, but must be taken
in the morning.
If you take more BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE than you should
If you have taken more BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE tablets than you should,
inform your doctor immediately. Depending on the degree of overdose, your doctor can decide what
measures are necessary.
Symptoms of an overdose may include low blood pressure, slow heartbeat, sudden heart problems,
dizziness, nausea, sleepiness, sudden breathing problems, low blood sugar.
If you forget to take BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
If you forget to take this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at its
usual time. However, if it is almost time for your next dose skip the dose you missed. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
Never stop taking this medicine except on your doctor's advice. Otherwise your condition could
become much worse. If you have to stop treatment, your doctor will usually advise you to reduce the
dose gradually.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Bisoprolol/Hydrochlorothiazide can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
Like all medicines, Bisoprolol/HCTZ can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. These
side effects are listed below according to how frequently they may occur:
Common side effects (affect less than 1 person in 10):
• feeling of coldness or numbness in hands and feet
• tiredness, dizziness, headache. These symptoms occur mainly at the beginning of the treatment.
They are generally mild, and usually disappear within 1 to 2 weeks after starting the treatment
• stomach or intestine problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, or constipation.
Uncommon side effects (affect less than 1 person in 100):
• muscular weakness, muscular cramps, feeling weak
• slow heart beat, impaired heart rate, worsening of heart failure, drop in blood pressure after
standing or sitting up
• sleep disorders, depression, loss of appetite
• breathing problems in patients with asthma or chronic bronchial disease
• increase of blood-levels for creatinine or urea
• abdominal complaints
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increased amylase levels (enzymes involved in digestion),
disturbed balance of fluids and electrolytes
increased blood levels for fat, cholesterol, uric acid or sugar; increased urine levels for sugar

Rare side effects (affect less than 1 person in 1,000):
• nightmares, hallucinations.
• allergy-type reactions, such as itching, sudden flushing of the face or skin rash, also after exposure
to sunlight, hives, small purple-red marks on the skin caused by bleeding under the skin (purpura),
• increase in certain liver enzymes, inflammation of the liver, yellow colouring of skin and eyes
(jaundice),
• erection disorders,
• hearing problems,
• allergic runny nose, reduced tear secretion, visual disturbance,
• decrease in number of white blood cells (leukocytopenia), or blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).
Very rare side effects (affect less than 1 person in 10,000):
• irritation and redness of the eye (conjunctivitis), hair loss
• onset or worsening of pre-existing scaly skin rash (psoriasis); onset of thick scaly patches
(cutaneous lupus erythematosus)
• chest pain
• severe reduction in the number of white blood cells (agranulocytosis)
• inflammation of the pancreas
• condition of too little acid in your blood (metabolic alkalosis)
• allergic (anaphylactic) reactions, severe bullous reactions (Lyell syndrome)
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the side effects listed above or any other unwanted or unexpected
effects. To prevent serious reactions, speak to a doctor immediately if a side effect is severe, occurred
suddenly or gets worse rapidly.
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HOW TO STORE BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Store below 30ºC. Store in the original package. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Bisoprolol/Hydrochlorothiazide after the expiry date which is stated on the label.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

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CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION

What Bisoprolol / Hydrochlorothiazide contains
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The active substances are bisoprolol fumarate and hydrochlorothiazide.
2.5 / 6.25 mg: Each tablet contains 2.5 mg bisoprolol fumarate and 6.25 mg
hydrochlorothiazide.
5 / 6.25 mg: Each tablet contains 5 mg bisoprolol fumarate and 6.25 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
10 / 6.25 mg: Each tablet contains 10 mg bisoprolol fumarate and 6.25 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
The other ingredients are:
All strengths: Tablet core: maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica,
anhydrous calcium hydrogen phosphate, magnesium stearate
Film-coat: hypromellose, polysorbate 80, macrogol 400 and titanium dioxide E171,
2.5 / 6.25 mg: iron oxide yellow, red and black E172
5 / 6.25 mg: talc, iron oxide yellow, red and black E172.

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What BISOPROLOL / HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE look like and contents of the pack:
2.5 / 6.25 mg:

Your tablets are yellow, film coated round tablets, debossed with "2.5" on one side
of the tablet and "BH" on the other side of the tablet. They are available in packs of
blisters containing 14, 28, 30, 56, 60, 90 and 100 tablets.
5 / 6.25 mg:
Your tablets are pink, film coated, round tablet, debossed with "5" on one side of
the tablet and "BH" on the other side of the tablets. They are available in packs of
blisters containing 14, 28, 30, 56, 60, 90 and 100 tablets.
10 / 6.25 mg:
Your tablets are white, film coated, round tablet, debossed with "10" on one side of
the tablet and "BH" on the other side of the tablets. They are available in packs of
blisters containing 14, 28, 30, 56, 60, 90 and 100 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and manufacturer:
Marketing Authorisation Holder and company responsible for manufacture: TEVA UK Limited,
Eastbourne, BN22 9AG.

This leaflet was last Revised in July 2012.
PL 00289/0957-9

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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