Active substance: LACIDIPINE

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2 mg and 4 mg



Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
• 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.
In this leaflet:
1. What MOTENS is and what it is used for
2. Before you take MOTENS
3. How to take MOTENS
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store MOTENS
6. Further information
MOTENS contains a medicine called lacidipine. This
belongs to a group of medicines called ‘calcium channel
blockers’. MOTENS helps to relax your blood vessels so
that they get wider. This helps the blood to flow more
easily and lowers the blood pressure.
MOTENS tablets taken regularly as prescribed by your
doctor will help to lower your blood pressure (to treat
Do not take MOTENS if:
• You are pregnant, likely to get pregnant or are
• You are allergic (hypersensitive) to lacidipine, other
calcium channel blocker medicines or any of the other
ingredients of MOTENS (See section 6: Further
• You have the heart problem ‘aortic stenosis’. This is a
narrowing of a valve in your heart, which restricts blood
• You have had a heart attack within the last month
Do not take if any of the above apply to you. If you are
not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
• You should stop taking MOTENS if you get chest pain
(angina) or a fast, weak pulse, rapid shallow breathing,
low blood pressure, cold clammy skin, blue lips or feel
dizzy, faint, weak or sick

Take special care with MOTENS
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
• You have an uneven heart beat or any other heart
• You have or have ever had any liver problems
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. This includes
herbal medicines. This is because MOTENS can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also some other
medicines can affect the way MOTENS works.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking any of the following medicines:
• Medicines for high blood pressure
• Medicines to control your heart beat (called
• Medicines for depression called ‘tricyclic antidepressants’
• Sleeping tablets or sedatives
• Antibiotics
• Antihistamines - used for hayfever and other allergies
• Cimetidine - used for stomach problems
• Tetracosactide and corticosteroids
If you are having any blood tests, tell the person giving
the test that you are taking this medicine. This is because
MOTENS can affect results relating to your liver.
Taking MOTENS with food and drink
Do not take this medicine with grapefruit juice.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take MOTENS if you are pregnant, likely to get
pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy while taking MOTENS. If this happens,
do not drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of
MOTENS contains lactose. If you have been told by your
doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars, talk
to your doctor before taking this medicine.


Always take MOTENS exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.

Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• tremor
• depression

It is important to take the right number of tablets at the
right time of day.
• The usual starting dose is 2 mg every morning.
• After 3-4 weeks this may be increased to 4 mg every
• If necessary the dose may be increased again to 6 mg
every morning which is the maximum daily dose.
• Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
• Do not take with grapefruit juice.

If any of the side effects gets troublesome or serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

If you take more MOTENS than you should
If you take more of this medicine 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 MOTENS
If you forget a dose in the morning, take it as soon as you
remember it on the same day. However, if you remember
the next day, take your normal dose on that morning. Do
not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Like all medicines, MOTENS can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
The side effects described below have been experienced by
people taking MOTENS. They are listed as either common,
uncommon, rare or very rare.
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people, more than 1
in 100 people)
• dizziness, headache, fast or uneven heart beat (also called
palpitations), flushing, swelling particularly of the ankles.
These side effects usually go away as treatment continues.
• fast heart beat
• upset stomach, feeling sick (nausea)
• rash, redness of the skin, itching
• an increase in the amount of water (urine) that you pass
• feeling weak
• changes in results of blood tests relating to your liver
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people, more than
1 in 1,000 people)
• chest pain (angina) including chest pain that is getting
worse. Tell your doctor straight away if you have this
serious side effect as you may need urgent medical
• low blood pressure for example feeling faint, fainting
• swelling of the gums
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people, more than 1 in
10,000 people)
• rapid swelling of the face, mouth and throat which may
cause difficulty breathing. Tell your doctor straight away
if you have this serious side effect as you may need
urgent medical treatment
• nettle rash (urticaria)
• muscle cramps

The tablets should not be stored above 30°C and they
should be kept in the original container to protect them
from light. Do not remove any tablets from the foil until
you are ready to take them.
Do not use MOTENS after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton and the blister pack. 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.
What MOTENS contains
The active substance is lacidipine. Each tablet contains
either 2 mg or 4 mg. The other ingredients are lactose,
povidone and magnesium stearate. The film coating
contains hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and titanium
What MOTENS looks like and contents of the pack
The 2 mg tablets are film coated, round and white in
colour. They have the Boehringer Ingelheim Company logo
on one side and the code “10L” on the other.
The 4 mg tablets are film coated, oval and white in colour.
They have the Boehringer Ingelheim Company logo on one
side and the code “9L” on the other.
MOTENS tablets are available in blister packs of 28 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisations for MOTENS are 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
This leaflet was revised in October 2012.
© Boehringer Ingelheim Limited 2012

This medicine comes in a calendar pack marked with the
days of the week. This means you can easily check that you
have taken the dose on each day.

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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