Active substance: FOSINOPRIL SODIUM

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Fosinopril sodium
10mg and 20mg tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
•   f you have further questions, please ask your
doctor or your pharmacist.
•   his 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.
•   f 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.

•  hink you are (or might become) pregnant.
Fosinopril tablets are not recommended in early
pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are
more than 3 months pregnant, as they may cause
serious harm to your baby if used at that stage (see
pregnancy section).

In this leaflet
1  hat Fosinopril sodium is and what it is
used for
2  efore you take Fosinopril sodium
3 How to take Fosinopril sodium tablets
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Fosinopril sodium tablets
6 Further Information

Taking other medicines


 hat Fosinopril sodium is and what it is
used for

Each tablet contains fosinopril sodium which is used
to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and
heart failure. Fosinopril sodium tablets belong to a
group of medicines called ACE inhibitors and make
it easier for the heart to pump blood around the


 efore you take Fosinopril sodium

Do not take Fosinopril sodium tablets and
tell your doctor if you:

•  re allergic (hypersensitive) to fosinopril sodium,
other ACE inhibitors or any of the other ingredients
in the tablet. (See Section 6 for further information
on the ingredients)
•  r a member of your family have previously
had swelling of the legs, arms, face, mucous
membranes or tongue and/or throat
(angioedema), with or without ACE inhibitor
•  ave narrowing of the blood vessels in one or
both kidneys
•  re in shock due to heart problems (cardiogenic
•  re more than 3 months pregnant. (It is also
better to avoid fosinopril in early pregnancy – see
‘Pregnancy and breast feeding’ section.)

Take special care with Fosinopril sodium
tablets and tell your doctor if you:

• have kidney problems
• are having dialysis
•  re going to undergo treatment for
hypersensitivity to bee or wasp stings
•  ave problems with your immune system
due to some diseases (e.g. scleroderma, lupus
erythematosus), white blood cell counts will need
to be monitored
• have high levels of sugar in your blood (diabetes)
•  ave narrowing of some blood vessels in the
heart or cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart muscle)
•  ave become dehydrated from having recently
suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea
• are on a low salt diet
•  re Afro-Caribbean. If you are taking Fosinopril
sodium tablets as the only treatment for your high
blood pressure, you may have a reduced response
to this medicine. This may mean that you may
need a higher dose than usually recommended.

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Tell your doctor or dentist before undergoing
any surgery or dental treatment that you are
being treated with Fosinopril, as there is a risk of
your blood pressure sinking very low during the
If Fosinopril is taken with certain other medicines,
your treatment can be affected. Tell your doctor
before using other medicines at the same time as
Fosinopril. Please tell your doctor if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
It is especially important for your doctor to know
if you are already being treated with any of the
following medicines:
•  ther blood pressure lowering medicines
including methyldopa, betablockers (e.g. atenolol),
calcium antagonists (e.g. verapamil) or diuretics
(water tablets) (e.g. furosemide) as it may lead to
an increase in the blood pressure lowering effects
•  otassium-sparing diuretics (e.g. spironolactone,
triamterene or amiloride), potassium supplements
or potassium-containing salt substitutes, as
Fosinopril may increase potassium levels. Patients
will need their blood potassium levels measured
by their doctor
•  ainkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines of
the NSAID type (e.g. aspirin or indometacin) as
they can reduce the effect of Fosinopril
•  ntacids (to relieve indigestion) stop the body
absorbing Fosinopril. There should be at least 2
hours between taking the antacid and Fosinopril
•  nsulin and tablets used in diabetes, as
Fosinopril may increase the effect of these
especially during the first week of combination
•  ithium (used for manic depression), as Fosinopril
may increase the concentration of lithium in the
•  mmunosuppressants (these reduce the body’s
natural defence system) such as azathioprine
as using them together may affect some blood
•  iuretic (water tablet) taken with fosinopril may
cause a reduction in blood pressure

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or
might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally
advise you to stop taking Fosinopril tablets before
you become pregnant or as soon as you know you
are pregnant and will advise you to take another
medicine instead of Fosinopril tablets. Fosinopril
tablets are not recommended in early pregnancy,
and must not be taken when more than 3 months
pregnant, as they may cause serious harm to your
baby if used after the third month of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about
to start breast-feeding. Fosinopril tablets are not
recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding,
and your doctor may choose another treatment
for you if you wish to breast-feed, especially if your
baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.

Driving and using machines

If you experience dizziness, low blood pressure,
light-headedness or vertigo (‘spinning’ sensation),
do not drive or use machinery during treatment
with Fosinopril.

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Important information about some of the
ingredients of Fosinopril

•  ot known (cannot be estimated from the
available data): changes in types and number
of blood cells (you may experience sore throat,
recurring infections, nose bleeds, increased
bruising), lack of appetite, appetite disorders,
weight fluctuation, gout, raised levels of potassium
in the blood, depression, abnormal behaviour,
confusion, stroke, tremor, memory problems,
problems with balance, sleepiness or drowsiness,
ear ache, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo
(‘spinning’ sensation), heart attack, problems with
heart rhythm or heart rate, flushing, high blood
pressure or severe high blood pressure, bleeding,
narrowing of the arteries in the legs, difficulty
breathing or wheezing, congestion of the lungs,
disorder of the voice (hoarse or weak voice),
nosebleeds, inflammation of the sinuses, chest
pain (not related to the heart), inflammation of the
pancreas, swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing,
constipation, dry mouth, flatulence, inflammation
of the liver (causing yellowing of the skin or eyes
or tiredness, pain in abdomen, joint or muscles),
excessive sweating, bruising, itching, dermatitis
(skin problems/inflammation of the skin), skin
rash that may be itchy (caused by an allergic
reaction, pale or red irregular raised patches on
the skin (hives)), weakness of the muscles, arthritis
(pain and swelling of the joints), kidney failure,
problems with sexual function, abnormality or
disease of the prostate gland, swelling of the
soft tissue, fever with pain, increase in weight,
abnormal liver function tests

Fosinopril contains lactose (see section 6 for further
information). If your doctor has told you that you
have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicine.

Blood tests

Fosinopril may interfere with the results of some
blood tests. Tell your doctor that you are taking
Fosinopril sodium tablets.

 ow to take Fosinopril sodium tablets

Swallow the tablets whole with at least ½ a glass
of water in the morning with or without food.
Do not chew or crush the tablets.
Always take Fosinopril exactly as your doctor
has told you. If you are not sure, check with your
doctor or pharmacist
Adults: The usual dose is 10mg once daily, up to a
maximum of 40mg once daily.
Fosinopril sodium tablets may be taken alone or
in combination with a diuretic (water tablet) or
digitalis (digoxin). If you are already taking diuretics,
your doctor may tell you to reduce the dose of the
diuretic or to stop taking them for several days
before beginning treatment with Fosinopril.
Occasionally some people start their treatment in

If you have any of these side effects, they get worse
or you notice any side effects not listed, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

Children under 18 years old: Not recommended.
If you take more Fosinopril sodium than you
Immediately contact your doctor, the nearest
hospital casualty department or the centre for
poison information for advice.


If you forget to take Fosinopril sodium
Do not take the missed dose, just carry on with the
next one as normal. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Fosinopril can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them. The following
side effects may occur.
Stop taking Fosinopril sodium tablets and
contact your doctor immediately if you
experience swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/
or throat, rash, itching, breathlessness or difficulty
swallowing (angioedema).

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the
following side effects or they get worse:

•  ommon (occurring in less than 1 in 10 patients):
infection of the upper respiratory tract (mouth,
noise, throat or voice box), sore throat, runny
nose, viral infections, bacterial infection of the
lungs (pneumonia), laryngitis (Inflammation of
larynx (voice box) lining and vocal cords), sinusitis
(inflammation of the sinus), inflammation of the
trachea and the bronchi, altered moods, sleep
disorders, dizziness, headaches, pins and needles,
eye disorders or problems with sight, quick or
irregular heart beat, chest pain, feeling faint on
standing up due to reduced blood pressure, low
blood pressure, cough, sinus disorder, feeling or
being sick, diarrhoea, stomach pain, indigestion,
taste disturbance, rash, pain in the muscles,
tendons, ligaments and bone, problems urinating,
fatigue, water retention (causing swelling in the
body), weakness or loss of strength,
•  ncommon (occurring in less than 1 in 100
patients): fainting, shock

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Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store Fosinopril above 25°C.
Do not transfer to another container.

Do not use Fosinopril after the expiry date stated on
the carton. 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 to protect the environment.

If you stop taking Fosinopril sodium
Do not stop taking Fosinopril unless your doctor
advises you to do so. If you stop taking Fosinopril,
your blood pressure may increase.

How to store Fosinopril sodium tablets


Further information

What Fosinopril sodium tablets contain

•  he active substance is fosinopril sodium. Each
tablet contains either 10mg or 20mg of fosinopril
•  he other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
croscarmellose sodium, pregelatinised starch
(maize), microcrystalline cellulose and glycerol
•  he sodium content is 0.67mg per 10mg tablets
and 1.06mg per 10mg tablet.

What Fosinopril sodium tablets look like
and contents of the pack

Fosinopril sodium tablets are white to off-white,
round, uncoated tablets, which come in two
Each pack contains 28 tablets.
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