DIXARIT TABLETS

Active substance: CLONIDINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET:
INFORMATION FOR THE USER



Dixarit® Tablets
25 micrograms

AbCD

(clonidine hydrochloride)
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 gets
troublesome or serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

As you may get dry eyes whilst taking
this medicine, this may be a problem
if you wear contact lenses.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines. This
includes medicines that you buy
without a prescription and herbal
medicines. This is because DIXARIT
can affect the way some other
medicines work. Also some other
medicines can affect the way DIXARIT
works.

In particular, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are taking any of
the following medicines:
• Other medicines that make you
drowsy
• Medicines for depression such as
imipramine or mirtazapine
• Medicines for severe mental illness
such as schizophrenia. These are
1. WHAT DIXARIT TABLETS ARE AND also known as ‘antipsychotics’ and
include chlorpromazine
WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
• Beta blockers such as atenolol
DIXARIT Tablets contain a medicine
• Water tablets (‘diuretics’) such as
called clonidine. This belongs to a
frusemide
group of medicines called
• Alpha blockers such as prazosin or
vasodilators. Vasodilators widen the
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to flow more easily.
• Vasodilators such as diazoxide or
sodium nitroprusside
DIXARIT Tablets are used to prevent
• Cardiac glycosides such as digoxin
migraine attacks and similar types of
• Medicines to lower blood pressure
headache. It is also used to prevent
hot flushes that may occur in women If you are not sure if any of the above
apply to you, talk to your doctor or
during the menopause (change of
pharmacist before taking DIXARIT.
life).
In this leaflet:
1. What DIXARIT Tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take DIXARIT Tablets
3. How to take DIXARIT Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store DIXARIT Tablets
6. Further information

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE DIXARIT
TABLETS



Do not take DIXARIT if:
• You are pregnant, likely to get
pregnant or are breast-feeding
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to
clonidine or any of the other
ingredients of DIXARIT (see section
6: Further information)
• You have a slow heart rate due to
heart problems
• You are already taking other
medicines that contain clonidine
Do not take this medicine if any of the
above apply to you. If you are not
sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using DIXARIT.
Take special care with DIXARIT
Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking DIXARIT if:
• You have Raynaud’s disease (a
problem with circulation to the
fingers and toes) or other blood
circulation problems, including
circulation to the brain
• You have heart or kidney problems
• You have or have ever had
depression
• You have constipation
• You have a nerve disorder that
causes your hands and feet to feel
different (‘altered sensation’)
If you are not sure if any of the above
apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking DIXARIT.

Taking DIXARIT with food and drink
You may feel drowsy while taking
DIXARIT. Drinking alcohol while
taking DIXARIT can make this worse.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take DIXARIT if you are
pregnant, likely to get pregnant or are
breast-feeding.
Driving or using machines
You may feel drowsy, dizzy or could
have some disturbances of vision. If
affected, you should not drive,
operate machinery or take part in any
activities where these may put you or
others at risk.
Important information about some
of the ingredients of DIXARIT
DIXARIT contains lactose and
sucrose (types of sugar). If you have
been told by your doctor that you
cannot tolerate or digest some sugars,
talk to your doctor before taking this
medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE DIXARIT TABLETS
Always take DIXARIT exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.

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DIXARIT is not recommended for
children.
If you take more DIXARIT than you
should
If you take more DIXARIT than you
should, talk to a doctor or go to a
hospital straight away. Take the
medicine pack with you, even if there
are no tablets left.
If you forget to take DIXARIT
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as
you remember it. However, if it is
nearly time for the next dose, skip the
missed dose. Do not take a double
dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking DIXARIT
Do not stop taking DIXARIT without
first talking to your doctor.
If you have any further questions on
the use of DIXARIT, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, DIXARIT can cause
side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
The side effects described below have
been experienced by people taking
DIXARIT. They are listed as either very
common, common, uncommon, rare
or not known.
Very common (affects more than 1 in
10 people)
• Dizziness, feeling tired and more
relaxed than usual (sedation)
• Feeling dizzy when you stand up
(because your blood pressure has
fallen sharply)
• Dry mouth
Common (affects less than 1 in 10
people, more than 1 in 100 people)
• Depression, sleeping problems
• Headache
• Constipation, feeling sick (nausea),
pain below the ear (from the salivary
gland), being sick (vomiting)
• Erectile dysfunction
• Fatigue
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100
people, more than 1 in 1,000 people)
• Problems with understanding what
is happening around you,
hallucinations, nightmares
• Your hands and feet feeling different
(‘altered sensation’)
• Regular unusually slow heart beat
• Raynaud’s phenomenon (a problem
with circulation to the fingers and
toes)
• Itching, rash, urticaria (nettle rash)
• A feeling of discomfort and fatigue
(‘malaise’)
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000
people, more than 1 in 10,000
people)
• Breast growth (‘gynaecomastia’) in
men
• Dry eyes
• Irregular heartbeat
• Drying out of the lining of the nose

• Pseudo-obstruction of the large
bowel, which causes colicky pain,
vomiting and constipation. Contact
your doctor straight away if you
have all these side effects.
• Hair loss
• Increase in your blood sugar
Not known
• Confusion, loss of libido
• Blurred vision
• Abnormally slow heart beat
If any of the side effects gets
troublesome or serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in
the leaflet, tell your doctor or
pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE DIXARIT TABLETS
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
The tablets should not be stored
above 25°C and the blister strips
should be kept in the outer carton.
Do not use DIXARIT after the expiry
date which is stated on the
packaging. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
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 protect the
environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What DIXARIT contains
• The active substance is clonidine
hydrochloride. Each tablet contains
25 micrograms.
• The other ingredients are: calcium
hydrogen phosphate anhydrous,
lactose monohydrate, maize starch,
colloidal anhydrous silica,
povidone, maize starch soluble,
indigo carmine (E132), magnesium
stearate, sucrose, talc, acacia,
titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol,
carnauba wax and white beeswax.
What DIXARIT looks like and
contents of the pack
DIXARIT tablets are blue, biconvex,
sugar-coated tablets.
DIXARIT tablets are available in blister
packs of 112 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation for
DIXARIT is held by:
Boehringer Ingelheim Limited,
Ellesfield Avenue,
Bracknell, Berkshire,
RG12 8YS, United Kingdom
and the tablets are manufactured at:

Delpharm Reims S.A.S.
10 Rue Colonel Charbonneaux
51100 Reims
France
This leaflet was revised in June 2012.
©Boehringer Ingelheim Limited 2012

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Taking this medicine
• Take this medicine by mouth
• The usual starting dose is
50 micrograms (two tablets), two
times a day
• If necessary, after two weeks, your
doctor may increase the dose to
75 micrograms (three tablets), two
times a day

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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