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Indapamide Hemihydrate 2.5mg Tablets


Each tablet contains 2.5mg of Indapamide Hemihydrate.


Pink sugar-coated tablets intended for oral administration to human beings.




Therapeutic indications
For the treatment of essential hypertension, either as sole therapy or in
combination with other antihypertensive agents.


Posology and method of administration
For oral administration.
Adults: The dosage is one tablet, containing 2.5mg indapamide hemihydrate,
daily to be taken in the morning. The action of indapamide is progressive and
the maximum reduction in blood pressure may not be reached until several
months after commencing therapy. A dose larger than 2.5mg daily is not
recommended as there is no appreciable additional anti-hypertensive effect,
but a diuretic effect may become apparent.
If one indapamide tablet daily does not achieve the required reduction in blood
pressure, another antihypertensive agent may be added; those which have been
used in combination with indapamide include beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors,
methyldopa, clonidine and other adrenergic blocking agents. Coadministration of indapamide with diuretics may cause hypokalaemia and,
therefore, is not recommended.
There is no evidence of rebound hypertension following withdrawal of

Elderly: There are no significant changes in the pharmacokinetics of
indapamide in the elderly. The dosage recommendations for adults (above)
apply also to elderly patients.
Children: There is no experience of the use of this drug in children.


Indapamide is contraindicated in patients with:

Hypersensitivity to indapamide, to sulphonamide derivatives or to any
of the excipients in the tablet

Recent cerebrovascular accident

Severe hepatic failure or hepatic encephalopathy


Severe renal failure.


Special warnings and precautions for use
Special warnings
Indapamide is not dialysable but has not demonstrated evidence of
accumulation in patients with impaired renal function.
Although indapamide 2.5mg daily can be safely administered to hypertensive
patients in whom renal function is impaired, therapy should be discontinued if
there are signs of increasing renal insufficiency.
When liver function is impaired, thiazide-related diuretics may cause hepatic
encephalopathy, particularly in case of electrolyte imbalance.
Administration of the diuretic must be stopped immediately if this occurs.
Cases of photosensitivity reactions have been reported with thiazides and
thiazide-related diuretics. If photosensitivity reaction occurs during treatment,
it is recommended to stop the treatment. If a re-administration of the diuretic is
deemed necessary, it is recommended to protect exposed areas to the sun or to
artificial UVA.
Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp
lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this
Special precautions for use
- Water and electrolyte balance:

• Plasma sodium:
This must be measured before starting treatment, then at regular intervals
subsequently. Any diuretic treatment may cause hyponatraemia, sometimes
with very serious consequences. The fall in plasma sodium may be
asymptomatic initially and regular monitoring is therefore essential, and
should be even more frequent in the elderly and cirrhotic patients.
• Plasma potassium:
Potassium depletion with hypokalaemia is the major risk of thiazide and
related diuretics. The risk of onset of hypokalaemia (< 3.4 mmol/l) must be
prevented in certain high risk populations, i.e. the elderly, malnourished and/or
polymedicated, cirrhotic patients with oedema and ascites, coronary artery
disease and cardiac failure patients. In this situation, hypokalaemia increases
the cardiac toxicity of digitalis preparations and the risks of arrhythmias.
Individuals with a long QT interval are also at risk, whether the origin is
congenital or iatrogenic. Hypokalaemia, as well as bradycardia, is then a
predisposing factor to the onset of severe arrhythmias, in particular, potentially
fatal torsades de pointes.
More frequent monitoring of plasma potassium is required in all the situations
indicated above. The first measurement of plasma potassium should be
obtained during the first week following the start of treatment.
Detection of hypokalaemia requires its correction.
Plasma calcium:
Thiazide and related diuretics may decrease urinary calcium excretion and
cause a slight and transitory rise in plasma calcium. Frank hypercalcaemia
may be due to previously unrecognised hyperparathyroidism.
Treatment should be withdrawn before the investigation of parathyroid
- Blood glucose:
Monitoring of blood glucose is important in diabetics, in particular in the
presence of hypokalaemia.
- Uric acid:
Tendency to gout attacks may be increased in hyperuricaemic patients.
- Renal function and diuretics:
Thiazide and related diuretics are fully effective only when renal function is
normal or only minimally impaired (plasma creatinine below levels of the
order of 25 mg/l, i.e. 220 µmol/l in an adult). In the elderly, this plasma
creatinine must be adjusted in relation to age, weight and gender.
Hypovolaemia, secondary to the loss of water and sodium induced by the
diuretic at the start of treatment causes a reduction in glomerular filtration.
This may lead to an increase in blood urea and plasma creatinine. This
transitory functional renal insufficiency is of no consequence in individuals
with normal renal function but may worsen preexisting renal insufficiency.
- Athletes:
The attention of athletes is drawn to the fact that this medicinal product
contains a drug substance, which may give a positive reaction in doping tests.

If pre-existing renal insufficiency is aggravated, indapamide therapy should be
discontinued. Indapamide should also be discontinued if hypercalcaemia
occurs in patients with hyperparathyroidism.
The label should state the following: Protect from light.
Do not store above 25ºC


Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Combinations that are not recommended:
Increased plasma lithium with signs of overdosage, as with a salt-free diet
(decreased urinary lithium excretion). However, if the use of diuretics is
necessary, careful monitoring of plasma lithium and dose adjustment are
Combinations requiring precautions for use:
Torsades de pointes-inducing drugs:
- class Ia antiarrhythmics (quinidine, hydroquinidine, disopyramide),

class III antiarrhythmics (amiodarone, sotalol, dofetilide, ibutilide),


some antipsychotics :

phenothiazines (chlorpromazine,
thioridazine, trifluoperazine),
benzamides (amisulpride, sulpiride, sultopride, tiapride)
butyrophenones (droperidol, haloperidol)
others: bepridil, cisapride, diphemanil, erythromycin IV, halofantrine,
mizolastine, pentamidine, sparfloxacin, moxifloxacin, vincamine IV.
Increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias, particularly torsades de pointes
(hypokalaemia is a risk factor).
Monitor for hypokalaemia and correct, if required, before introducing this
combination. Clinical, plasma electrolytes and ECG monitoring.
Use substances which do not have the disadvantage of causing torsades de
pointes in the presence of hypokalaemia.
N.S.A.I.Ds. (systemic route) including COX-2 selective inhibitors, high
dose salicylic acid (≥ 3 g/day):
Possible reduction in the antihypertensive effect of indapamide.
Risk of acute renal failure in dehydrated patients (decreased glomerular
filtration). Hydrate the patient; monitor renal function at the start of treatment.
Angiotensin converting enzyme (A.C.E.) inhibitors:
Risk of sudden hypotension and/or acute renal failure when treatment with an
A.C.E. is initiated in the presence of preexisting sodium depletion (particularly
in patients with renal artery stenosis).

In hypertension, when prior diuretic treatment may have caused sodium
depletion, it is necessary:
- either to stop the diuretic 3 days before starting treatment with the A.C.E.
inhibitor, and restart a hypokalaemic diuretic if necessary;
- or give low initial doses of the A.C.E. inhibitor and increase the dose
In congestive heart failure, start with a very low dose of A.C.E. inhibitor,
possibly after a reduction in the dose of the concomitant hypokalaemic
In all cases, monitor renal function (plasma creatinine) during the first weeks
of treatment with an A.C.E. inhibitor.
Other compounds causing hypokalaemia: amphotericin B (IV), gluco- and
mineralo-corticoids (systemic route), tetracosactide, stimulant laxatives:
Increased risk of hypokalaemia (additive effect).
Monitoring of plasma potassium and correction if required. Must be
particularly borne in mind in case of concomitant digitalis treatment. Use nonstimulant laxatives.
Increased antihypertensive effect.
Hydrate the patient; monitor renal function at the start of treatment.
Digitalis preparations:
Hypokalaemia predisposing to the toxic effects of digitalis.
Monitoring of plasma potassium and ECG and, if necessary, adjust the
Combinations to be taken into consideration:
Potassium-sparing diuretics (amiloride, spironolactone, triamterene):
Whilst rational combinations are useful in some patients, hypokalaemia
(particularly in patients with renal failure or diabetes) or hyperkalaemia may
still occur. Plasma potassium and ECG should be monitored and, if necessary,
treatment reviewed.
Increased risk of metformin induced lactic acidosis due to the possibility of
functional renal failure associated with diuretics and more particularly with
loop diuretics. Do not use metformin when plasma creatinine exceeds 15 mg/l
(135 µmol/l) in men and 12 mg/l (110 µmol/l) in women.
Iodinated contrast media:
In the presence of dehydration caused by diuretics, increased risk of acute
renal failure, in particular when large doses of iodinated contrast media are
Rehydration before administration of the iodinated compound.
Imipramine-like antidepressants, neuroleptics:

Antihypertensive effect and increased risk of orthostatic hypotension increased
(additive effect).
Calcium (salts):
Risk of hypercalcaemia resulting from decreased urinary elimination of
Ciclosporin, tacrolimus:
Risk of increased plasma creatinine without any change in circulating
cyclosporin levels, even in the absence of water/sodium depletion.
Corticosteroids, tetracosactide (systemic route):
Decreased antihypertensive effect (water/sodium





Fertility, Pregnancy and lactation
As a general rule, the administration of diuretics should be avoided in pregnant
women and should never be used to treat physiological oedema of pregnancy.
Diuretics can cause foetoplacental ischaemia, with a risk of impaired foetal
Breast-feeding is inadvisable (Indapamide is excreted in human milk).


Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Indapamide does not affect vigilance but different reactions in relation with
the decrease in blood pressure may occur in individual cases, especially at the
start of the treatment or when another antihypertensive agent is added.
As a result the ability to drive vehicles or to operate machinery may be


Undesirable effects
The majority of adverse reactions concerning clinical or laboratory parameters
are dose-dependent.
Thiazide-related diuretics, including indapamide, may cause the following
undesirable effects ranked under the following frequency:
Very common (>1/10); common (>1/100, <1/10); uncommon (>1/1000,
<1/100); rare (>1/10000, <1/1000), very rare (<1/10000), frequency not
known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Blood and the lymphatic system disorders:
Very rare: thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia,
haemolytic anaemia.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders:
Rare: metabolic alkalosis, hyperglycaemia, increased blood urate levels
Nervous system disorders:
Common: dizziness.
Rare: vertigo fatigue, headache, paresthesia
Eye disorders:
Rare: reversible acute myopia.
Cardiac disorders:
Very rare: arrhythmia, hypotension (orthostatic)
Gastrointestinal disorders:
Common: anorexia, diarrhoea, dyspepsia.
Uncommon: vomiting,
Rare: dry mouth, nausea, constipation,
Very rare: pancreatitis
Renal and urinary disorders:
Very rare: renal failure.
Reproductive system:
Rare: impotence
Hepato-biliary disorders:
Very rare: abnormal hepatic function
Not known: possibility of onset of hepatic encephalopathy in case of hepatic
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders:
Hypersensitivity reactions, mainly dermatological, in subjects with a
predisposition to allergic and asthmatic reactions:
- Common: maculopapular rashes
- Uncommon: purpura
- Rare: erythema multiforme, epidermal necrolysis, photosensitivity
- Very rare: angioneurotic oedema and/or urticaria, Steven Johnson syndrome.
Not known: possible worsening of pre-existing acute disseminated lupus
Cases of photosensitivity reactions have been reported.
Musculoskeletal, connective and bone disorders:
Common: muscle cramps

During clinical trials, hypokalaemia (plasma potassium <3.4 mmol/l) was seen
in 10 % of patients and < 3.2 mmol/l in 4 % of patients after 4 to 6 weeks
treatment. After 12 weeks treatment, the mean fall in plasma potassium was
0.23 mmol/l.
Very rare: Hypercalcaemia
Not known:
- Potassium depletion with hypokalaemia, particularly serious in certain high
risk populations (see section 4.4).
- Hyponatraemia with hypovolaemia responsible for dehydration and
orthostatic hypotension. Concomitant loss of chloride ions may lead to
secondary compensatory metabolic alkalosis: the incidence and degree of this
effect are slight.
Increase in plasma uric acid and blood glucose during treatment:
appropriateness of these diuretics must be very carefully weighed in patients
with gout or diabetes.


Indapamide has been found free of toxicity at up to 40 mg, i.e. 27 times the
therapeutic dose.
Signs of acute poisoning take the form above all of water/electrolyte
disturbances (hyponatraemia, hypokalaemia). Clinically, possibility of nausea,
vomiting, hypotension, cramps, vertigo, drowsiness, confusion, polyuria or
oliguria possibly to the point of anuria (by hypovolaemia).
There is no specific antidote. The stomach should be emptied by gastric
aspiration and lavage or by emesis. Treatment should be symptomatic and
supportive and particular attention should be directed at correcting electrolyte
and fluid imbalances




Pharmacodynamic properties
Indapamide is a non-thiazide indole derivative of chlorosulphonamide.
Indapamide exerts an antihypertensive effect and its mode of action includes
reduction in peripheral arterial resistance and normalisation of vascular hyperreactivity.
The action of indapamide is progressive and the maximum reduction in blood
pressure may not be reached until several months after commencing therapy.
A dose larger than 2.5mg daily is not recommended as there is no appreciable
additional antihypertensive effect but a diuretic effect may become apparent.


Pharmacokinetic properties
Indapamide is rapidly and completely absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract.
The drug is preferentially and reversibly taken up by red blood cells and is
about 71 to 79% bound to plasma proteins. Metabolism of indapamide is
extensive. About 60 to 70% of the dose has been reported to be excreted in
urine and only about 5% is excreted unchanged; approximately 16 to 23% is
excreted in the faeces. Elimination is biphasic with a terminal half-life of 14 to
18 hours. There is no significant accumulation of indapamide in patients with
impaired renal function. Indapamide is not dialysable.


Preclinical safety data
No further relevant information other than that which is included in other
sections of the Summary of Product Characteristics.




List of excipients
Lactose B.P.
Di-basic Calcium Phosphate B.P
Maize Starch B.P
(Purified Water B.P)*
Magnesium Stearate B.P
Croscarmellose Sodium (Type A) N.F
CS7 Shellac Solution dilute:Shellac (1963) B.P.C.
Castor Oil (No. 1) B.P./Ph.Eur.
(Industrial Methylated Spirits) *
CS4 White Coating Paste:Coating Paste C53
Titanium Dioxide B.P (E171)
Coating Paste C53.Sugar Syrup C31
Acacia Gum CS83
Talc B.P
Sugar Syrup CSI
Sucrose B.P
(Purified Water B.P)*
Preservative Solution CS26
Preservative Solution CS26:Methylhydroxybenzoate B.P
Propylhydroxybenzoate B.P
(Industrial Methylated Spirits)
Acacia Gum CS83.Acacia B.P.

(Purified Water B.P)*
(Chloroform BP) *
Pink Sugar Syrup CS116:Opalux AS-F- 1312
Sugar Syrup 70% CSS4
Sugar Syrup 70% CSS4:(Purified Water B.P)
Sucrose B.P
CS9 Polyethylene Glycol Polishing Solution:Polyethylene Glycol 6000 B.P
(Industrial Methylated Spirits)


None known.


Shelf life
36 months


Special precautions for storage
Protect from light.
Do not store above 25ºC.


Nature and contents of container
Blister packs which consist of strips made from hard PVC with a foil lid.
Pack sizes 28 tablets in blister packs of 14 (2 x 14); 30 tablets in blister packs
of 15 (2 x 15); 56 tablets in blister packs of 14(4 x 14) and 60 tablets in blister
packs of 15 (4 x 15).


Special precautions for disposal
Not applicable.


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