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VALSARTAN/HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 MG/12.5 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg film-coated tablets
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg film-coated tablets
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets
valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
K
• f you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
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pharmacist.
•  his medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on
T
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
I
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
W
1  hat Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are
and what they are used for
2 Before you take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
3 How to take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
6 Further information
1 WHAT VALSARTAN/HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide film-coated tablets contain two
active substances called valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Both of these substances help to control high blood pressure
(hypertension).

• Valsartan belongs to a class of medicines known as “angiotensin



II receptor antagonists”, which help to control high blood pressure.
Angiotensin II is a substance in the body that causes vessels to
tighten, thus causing your blood pressure to increase. Valsartan
works by blocking the effect of angiotensin II. As a result, blood
vessels relax and blood pressure is lowered.

• Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a group of medicines

called thiazide diuretics (also known as “water tablets”).
Hydrochlorothiazide increases urine output, which also lowers
blood pressure.

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure
which is not adequately controlled by a single substance alone.
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and
arteries. If not treated, it can damage the blood vessels of the
brain, heart, and kidneys, and may result in a stroke, heart failure
or kidney failure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart
attacks. Lowering your blood pressure to normal reduces the risk of
developing these disorders.

2 BEFORE YOU TAKE VALSARTAN/
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS
Do not take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to valsartan or

hydrochlorothiazide, sulphonamide derivatives (substances
chemically related to hydrochlorothiazide), soya oil, peanut oil or
to any of the other ingredients of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets.
• if you are more than 3 months pregnant, (it is also better to avoid
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets in early pregnancy - see
pregnancy section).
• if you have a severe liver disease
• if you have severe kidney disease
• if you are unable to urinate
• if you are treated with an artificial kidney
• if the level of potassium or sodium in your blood is lower than
normal, or if the level of calcium in your blood is higher than
normal despite treatment.
• if you have gout.
If any of the above apply to you, do not take this medicine and
speak to your doctor.

Take special care with Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
• if you are taking potassium-sparing medicines, potassium

supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium or other
medicines that increase the amount of potassium in your blood
such as heparin. Your doctor may need to check the amount of
potassium in your blood regularly
• if you have low levels of potassium in your blood
• if you have diarrhoea or severe vomiting
• if you are taking high doses of water tablets (diuretics)
• if you have severe heart disease
• if you suffer from a narrowing of the kidney artery
• if you have recently received a new kidney
• if you suffer from hyperaldosteronism. This is a disease in which
your adrenal glands make too much of the hormone aldosterone.
If this applies to you, the use of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets is not recommended
• if you have liver or kidney disease.
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L19565ACT-30

• if you have fever, rash and joint pain, which may be signs of

systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, a so-called autoimmune
disease)
• if you have diabetes, gout, high levels of cholesterol or fats in your
blood
• if you have had allergic reactions with the use of other blood
pressure-lowering agents of this class (angiotensin II receptor
antagonists) or if you have allergy or asthma
• it may cause increased sensitivity of the skin to sun
The use of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets in children and
adolescents (below the age of 18 years) is not recommended.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become)
pregnant. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are not
recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are
more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your
baby if used at that stage (see pregnancy section).

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.
The effect of the treatment can be influenced if Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide film-coated tablets are taken together with
certain other medicines. It may be necessary to change the dose,
to take other precautions, or in some cases stop taking one of the
medicines. This especially applies to the following medicines:
• lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of psychiatric illness
• medicines that affect or can be affected by potassium blood levels,
such as digoxin, a medicine to control the heart rhythm, some
antipsychotic medicines
• medicines that may increase the amount of potassium in your
blood, such as potassium supplements, potassium-containing salt
substitutes, potassium sparing medicines, heparin
• medicines that may reduce the amount of potassium in your
blood, such as corticosteroids, some laxatives
• diuretics (water tablets), medicines for the treatment of gout, such
as allopurinol, therapeutic vitamin D and calcium supplements,
medicines for the treatment of diabetes (oral agents or insulins)
• other medicines to lower your blood pressure, such as betablockers or methyldopa, or medicines that tighten your blood
vessels or stimulate your heart, such as noradrenaline or
adrenaline
• medicines to increase blood sugar levels, such as diazoxide
• medicines to treat cancer, such as methotrexate or
cyclophosphamide
• pain killers
• arthritis medicines
• muscle relaxing medicines such as tubocurarine
• anti-cholinergic medicines, such as atropine or biperiden
• amantadine (a medicine used to prevent influenza)
• cholestyramine and colestipol (medicines used to treat high levels
of fats in the blood)
• ciclosporin, a medicine used for organ transplant to avoid organ
rejection
• Some antibiotics (tetracyclines), anaesthetics and sedatives
• carbamazepine, a medicine used to treat seizure conditions

Taking Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with food
and drink

You can take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with or without
food. Avoid taking alcohol until you have talked to your doctor.
Alcohol may make your blood pressure fall more and/or increase the
risk of you becoming dizzy or feeling faint.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.

• You must tell your doctor if you think that you are (or might

become) pregnant
 our doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Valsartan/
Y
Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets before you become pregnant or
as soon as you know you are pregnant, and will advise you to
take another medicine instead of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 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 they are used after the third month of pregnancy.

• Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start
breast-feeding
 alsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are not recommended for
V
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

Before you drive a vehicle, use tools or operate machines or carry
out other activities that require concentration, make sure you
know how Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets affect you. Like
many other medicines used to treat high blood pressure, Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets may occasionally cause dizziness and
affect the ability to concentrate.

Important information about some of the ingredients of
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor
that you have intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets contain soya oil. If you are
allergic to peanut or soya, do not take this medicinal product.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg Tablets also contain
Sunset yellow FCF (E110) which may cause allergic reactions.

Continued over page

3 HOW TO TAKE VALSARTAN/
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS
Always take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. This will help you to get the best results and
lower the risk of side effects. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
People with high blood pressure often do not notice any signs of
this problem. Many may feel quite normal. This makes it all the more
important for you to keep your appointments with your doctor even
if you are feeling well.
Your doctor will tell you exactly how many tablets of Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide to take. Depending on how you respond to the
treatment, your doctor may suggest a higher or lower dose.

• The usual dose of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide is one tablet per
day.

• Do not change the dose or stop taking the tablets without
consulting your doctor.

• The medicine should be taken at the same time each day, usually
in the morning.

• You can take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with or
without food.

• Swallow the tablet with a glass of water.

If you take more Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
than you should:

If you experience severe dizziness and/or fainting, lay down and
contact your doctor immediately.
If you have accidentally taken too many tablets, contact your doctor,
pharmacist or hospital.

If you forget to take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets:

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
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 dose.

If you stop taking Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets:

Stopping your treatment with Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
may cause your high blood pressure to get worse. Do not stop
taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.

4 POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
These side effects may occur with certain frequencies, which are
defined as follows:

• very common: affects more than 1 user in 10
• common: affects 1 to 10 users in 100
• uncommon: affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000
• rare: affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000
• very rare: affects less than 1 user in 10,000
• not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available
data

Some side effects can be serious and need immediate
medical attention:
You should see your doctor immediately if you experience
symptoms of angioedema, such as:
• swollen face, tongue or pharynx
• difficulty in swallowing
• hives and difficulties in breathing

Other side effects include:

Uncommon
• cough
• low blood pressure
• light-headedness
• dehydration (with symptoms of thirst, dry mouth and tongue,
infrequent urination, dark coloured urine, dry skin)
• muscle pain
• tiredness
• tingling or numbness
• blurred vision
• noises (e.g. hissing, buzzing) in ears
Very rare
• dizziness
• diarrhoea
• joint pain
Not known
• breathing difficulty
• severely decreased urine output
• low level of sodium in the blood (sometimes with nausea,
tiredness, confusion, malaise, convulsions)
• low level of potassium in the blood (sometimes with muscle
weakness, muscle spasms, abnormal heart rhythm)
• low level of white cells in the blood (with symptoms such as fever,
skin infections, sore throat or mouth ulcers due to infections,
weakness)
• the level of bilirubin increased in blood (which can, in severe cases,
trigger yellow skin and eyes)
• the level of blood urea nitrogen and creatinine increased in blood
(which can indicate abnormal kidney function)
• the level of uric acid in blood increased (which can, in severe cases,
trigger gout)
• syncope (fainting)

Side effects reported with valsartan or
hydrochlorothiazide alone, but not observed with
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide:
Valsartan
Uncommon
• spinning sensation
• abdominal pain

Not known
• skin rash with or without itching together with some of the
following signs or symptoms: fever, joint pain, muscle pain,
swollen lymph nodes and/or flu-like symptoms
• rash, purplish-red spots, fever, itching (symptoms of inflammation
of blood vessels)
• low level of blood platelets (sometimes with unusual bleeding or
bruising)
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• high level of potassium in the blood (sometimes with muscle
spasms, abnormal heart rhythm)

• allergic reactions (with symptoms such as rash, itching, hives,
difficulty breathing or swallowing, dizziness)

• swelling mainly of the face and throat; rash; itching
• elevation of liver function values
• the level of haemoglobin decreased and the percentage of red
cells decreased in the blood (which both can, in severe cases,
trigger an anaemia).
• kidney failure
Hydrochlorothiazide
Common
• itchy rash and other types of rash
• reduced appetite
• mild nausea and vomiting
• faintness, fainting on standing up
• impotence.
Rare
• swelling and blistering of the skin (due to increased sensitivity to
sun)
• constipation, discomfort of the stomach or bowels, liver disorders
(yellow skin or eyes)
• irregular heart beat
• headache
• sleep disturbances
• sad mood (depression)
• low level of blood platelets (sometimes with bleeding or bruising
underneath the skin).
Very rare
• inflammation of blood vessels with symptoms such as rash,
purplish-red spots, fever
• itching or red skin
• blistering of the lips, eyes or mouth
• skin peeling
• fever
• facial rash associated with joint pain
• muscle disorder
• fever (cutaneous lupus erythematosus)
• severe upper stomach pain; lack or low levels of different blood
cells
• severe allergic reactions
• difficulty breathing
• lung infection; breathlessness
If 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.

5 HOW TO STORE VALSARTAN /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS

• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide after the expiry date

which is stated on the carton or blister. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
• PVC/PE/PVDC-Al blisters: Do not store above 30°C.
• Do not use any Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide pack that is
damaged or shows signs of tampering
• 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.

6 FURTHER INFORMATION

What Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets contain:
The active substances are valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 80 mg valsartan and
12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 160 mg valsartan and
12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 160 mg valsartan and
25 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Lactose Monohydrate,
Croscarmellose Sodium, povidone K29-K32, Talc, Magnesium
Stearate, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Film Coating:
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3350, lecithin
(contains soya oil) (E322), Iron oxide red (E172), Iron Oxide Black
(E172).
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, Macrogol 3350, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Iron Oxide
Red (E172), Sunset Yellow FCF Aluminium Lake (E110), Lecithin
(contains soya oil) (E322).
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3350, Iron Oxide
Yellow (E172), Lecithin (contains soya oil) (E322), Iron Oxide Red
(E172), Iron Oxide Black (E172).

What Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets look like
and contents of the pack:

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg: Pink, oval, biconvex
film-coated tablets, 11 x 5.8 mm, marked “V” on one side and “H” on
the other.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg: Red, oval, biconvex
film-coated tablets, 15 x 6 mm, marked “V” on one side and “H” on
the other.
Valsartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg: Orange, oval,
biconvex film-coated tablets, 15 x 6 mm, marked “V” on one side and
“H” on the other.
All strengths are available in blister packs of 7, 14, 28, 30, 56, 98
and 280 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
CADUCEUS PHARMA LIMITED, 6th Floor, 94 Wigmore Street, London
W1U 3RF, UK
Manufacturer:
Actavis Ltd, BLB16 Bulebel Industrial Estate, Zejtun ZTN3000, Malta
This leaflet was last updated in September 2010

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg film-coated tablets
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg film-coated tablets
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets
valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
K
• f you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
I
pharmacist.
•  his medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on
T
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
I
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
W
1  hat Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are
and what they are used for
2 Before you take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
3 How to take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
6 Further information
1 WHAT VALSARTAN/HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE
TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide film-coated tablets contain two
active substances called valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Both of these substances help to control high blood pressure
(hypertension).

• Valsartan belongs to a class of medicines known as “angiotensin



II receptor antagonists”, which help to control high blood pressure.
Angiotensin II is a substance in the body that causes vessels to
tighten, thus causing your blood pressure to increase. Valsartan
works by blocking the effect of angiotensin II. As a result, blood
vessels relax and blood pressure is lowered.

• Hydrochlorothiazide belongs to a group of medicines

called thiazide diuretics (also known as “water tablets”).
Hydrochlorothiazide increases urine output, which also lowers
blood pressure.

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide is used to treat high blood pressure
which is not adequately controlled by a single substance alone.
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and
arteries. If not treated, it can damage the blood vessels of the
brain, heart, and kidneys, and may result in a stroke, heart failure
or kidney failure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart
attacks. Lowering your blood pressure to normal reduces the risk of
developing these disorders.

2 BEFORE YOU TAKE VALSARTAN/
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS
Do not take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to valsartan or

hydrochlorothiazide, sulphonamide derivatives (substances
chemically related to hydrochlorothiazide), soya oil, peanut oil or
to any of the other ingredients of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets.
• if you are more than 3 months pregnant, (it is also better to avoid
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets in early pregnancy - see
pregnancy section).
• if you have a severe liver disease
• if you have severe kidney disease
• if you are unable to urinate
• if you are treated with an artificial kidney
• if the level of potassium or sodium in your blood is lower than
normal, or if the level of calcium in your blood is higher than
normal despite treatment.
• if you have gout.
If any of the above apply to you, do not take this medicine and
speak to your doctor.

Take special care with Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets
• if you are taking potassium-sparing medicines, potassium

supplements, salt substitutes containing potassium or other
medicines that increase the amount of potassium in your blood
such as heparin. Your doctor may need to check the amount of
potassium in your blood regularly
• if you have low levels of potassium in your blood
• if you have diarrhoea or severe vomiting
• if you are taking high doses of water tablets (diuretics)
• if you have severe heart disease
• if you suffer from a narrowing of the kidney artery
• if you have recently received a new kidney
• if you suffer from hyperaldosteronism. This is a disease in which
your adrenal glands make too much of the hormone aldosterone.
If this applies to you, the use of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets is not recommended
• if you have liver or kidney disease.
Continued top of next column
L19587DUP-30

• if you have fever, rash and joint pain, which may be signs of

systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, a so-called autoimmune
disease)
• if you have diabetes, gout, high levels of cholesterol or fats in your
blood
• if you have had allergic reactions with the use of other blood
pressure-lowering agents of this class (angiotensin II receptor
antagonists) or if you have allergy or asthma
• it may cause increased sensitivity of the skin to sun
The use of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets in children and
adolescents (below the age of 18 years) is not recommended.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become)
pregnant. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets are not
recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are
more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your
baby if used at that stage (see pregnancy section).

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.
The effect of the treatment can be influenced if Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide film-coated tablets are taken together with
certain other medicines. It may be necessary to change the dose,
to take other precautions, or in some cases stop taking one of the
medicines. This especially applies to the following medicines:
• lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of psychiatric illness
• medicines that affect or can be affected by potassium blood levels,
such as digoxin, a medicine to control the heart rhythm, some
antipsychotic medicines
• medicines that may increase the amount of potassium in your
blood, such as potassium supplements, potassium-containing salt
substitutes, potassium sparing medicines, heparin
• medicines that may reduce the amount of potassium in your
blood, such as corticosteroids, some laxatives
• diuretics (water tablets), medicines for the treatment of gout, such
as allopurinol, therapeutic vitamin D and calcium supplements,
medicines for the treatment of diabetes (oral agents or insulins)
• other medicines to lower your blood pressure, such as betablockers or methyldopa, or medicines that tighten your blood
vessels or stimulate your heart, such as noradrenaline or
adrenaline
• medicines to increase blood sugar levels, such as diazoxide
• medicines to treat cancer, such as methotrexate or
cyclophosphamide
• pain killers
• arthritis medicines
• muscle relaxing medicines such as tubocurarine
• anti-cholinergic medicines, such as atropine or biperiden
• amantadine (a medicine used to prevent influenza)
• cholestyramine and colestipol (medicines used to treat high levels
of fats in the blood)
• ciclosporin, a medicine used for organ transplant to avoid organ
rejection
• Some antibiotics (tetracyclines), anaesthetics and sedatives
• carbamazepine, a medicine used to treat seizure conditions

Taking Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with food
and drink

You can take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with or without
food. Avoid taking alcohol until you have talked to your doctor.
Alcohol may make your blood pressure fall more and/or increase the
risk of you becoming dizzy or feeling faint.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.

• You must tell your doctor if you think that you are (or might

become) pregnant

Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets before you become pregnant or
as soon as you know you are pregnant, and will advise you to
take another medicine instead of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 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 they are used after the third month of pregnancy.

• Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start
breast-feeding

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 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

Before you drive a vehicle, use tools or operate machines or carry
out other activities that require concentration, make sure you
know how Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets affect you. Like
many other medicines used to treat high blood pressure, Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets may occasionally cause dizziness and
affect the ability to concentrate.

Important information about some of the ingredients of
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor
that you have intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets contain soya oil. If you are
allergic to peanut or soya, do not take this medicinal product.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg Tablets also contain
Sunset yellow FCF (E110) which may cause allergic reactions.

Continued over page

3 HOW TO TAKE VALSARTAN/
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS
Always take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. This will help you to get the best results and
lower the risk of side effects. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
People with high blood pressure often do not notice any signs of
this problem. Many may feel quite normal. This makes it all the more
important for you to keep your appointments with your doctor even
if you are feeling well.
Your doctor will tell you exactly how many tablets of Valsartan/
Hydrochlorothiazide to take. Depending on how you respond to the
treatment, your doctor may suggest a higher or lower dose.

• The usual dose of Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide is one tablet per
day.

• Do not change the dose or stop taking the tablets without
consulting your doctor.

• The medicine should be taken at the same time each day, usually
in the morning.

• You can take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets with or
without food.

• Swallow the tablet with a glass of water.

If you take more Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
than you should:

If you experience severe dizziness and/or fainting, lay down and
contact your doctor immediately.
If you have accidentally taken too many tablets, contact your doctor,
pharmacist or hospital.

If you forget to take Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets:

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
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 dose.

If you stop taking Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide
Tablets:

Stopping your treatment with Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
may cause your high blood pressure to get worse. Do not stop
taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.

4 POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
These side effects may occur with certain frequencies, which are
defined as follows:

• very common: affects more than 1 user in 10
• common: affects 1 to 10 users in 100
• uncommon: affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000
• rare: affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000
• very rare: affects less than 1 user in 10,000
• not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available
data

Some side effects can be serious and need immediate
medical attention:
You should see your doctor immediately if you experience
symptoms of angioedema, such as:
• swollen face, tongue or pharynx
• difficulty in swallowing
• hives and difficulties in breathing

Other side effects include:

Uncommon
• cough
• low blood pressure
• light-headedness
• dehydration (with symptoms of thirst, dry mouth and tongue,
infrequent urination, dark coloured urine, dry skin)
• muscle pain
• tiredness
• tingling or numbness
• blurred vision
• noises (e.g. hissing, buzzing) in ears
Very rare
• dizziness
• diarrhoea
• joint pain
Not known
• breathing difficulty
• severely decreased urine output
• low level of sodium in the blood (sometimes with nausea,
tiredness, confusion, malaise, convulsions)
• low level of potassium in the blood (sometimes with muscle
weakness, muscle spasms, abnormal heart rhythm)
• low level of white cells in the blood (with symptoms such as fever,
skin infections, sore throat or mouth ulcers due to infections,
weakness)
• the level of bilirubin increased in blood (which can, in severe cases,
trigger yellow skin and eyes)
• the level of blood urea nitrogen and creatinine increased in blood
(which can indicate abnormal kidney function)
• the level of uric acid in blood increased (which can, in severe cases,
trigger gout)
• syncope (fainting)

Side effects reported with valsartan or
hydrochlorothiazide alone, but not observed with
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide:
Valsartan
Uncommon
• spinning sensation
• abdominal pain

Not known
• skin rash with or without itching together with some of the
following signs or symptoms: fever, joint pain, muscle pain,
swollen lymph nodes and/or flu-like symptoms
• rash, purplish-red spots, fever, itching (symptoms of inflammation
of blood vessels)
• low level of blood platelets (sometimes with unusual bleeding or
bruising)
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• high level of potassium in the blood (sometimes with muscle
spasms, abnormal heart rhythm)

• allergic reactions (with symptoms such as rash, itching, hives,
difficulty breathing or swallowing, dizziness)

• swelling mainly of the face and throat; rash; itching
• elevation of liver function values
• the level of haemoglobin decreased and the percentage of red
cells decreased in the blood (which both can, in severe cases,
trigger an anaemia).
• kidney failure
Hydrochlorothiazide
Common
• itchy rash and other types of rash
• reduced appetite
• mild nausea and vomiting
• faintness, fainting on standing up
• impotence.
Rare
• swelling and blistering of the skin (due to increased sensitivity to
sun)
• constipation, discomfort of the stomach or bowels, liver disorders
(yellow skin or eyes)
• irregular heart beat
• headache
• sleep disturbances
• sad mood (depression)
• low level of blood platelets (sometimes with bleeding or bruising
underneath the skin).
Very rare
• inflammation of blood vessels with symptoms such as rash,
purplish-red spots, fever
• itching or red skin
• blistering of the lips, eyes or mouth
• skin peeling
• fever
• facial rash associated with joint pain
• muscle disorder
• fever (cutaneous lupus erythematosus)
• severe upper stomach pain; lack or low levels of different blood
cells
• severe allergic reactions
• difficulty breathing
• lung infection; breathlessness
If 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.

5 HOW TO STORE VALSARTAN /
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE TABLETS

• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide after the expiry date

which is stated on the carton or blister. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
• PVC/PE/PVDC-Al blisters: Do not store above 30°C.
• Do not use any Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide pack that is
damaged or shows signs of tampering
• 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.

6 FURTHER INFORMATION

What Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets contain:
The active substances are valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 80 mg valsartan and
12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 160 mg valsartan and
12.5 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg tablets:
Each film-coated tablet contains 160 mg valsartan and
25 mg hydrochlorothiazide.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Lactose Monohydrate,
Croscarmellose Sodium, povidone K29-K32, Talc, Magnesium
Stearate, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
Film Coating:
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3350, lecithin
(contains soya oil) (E322), Iron oxide red (E172), Iron Oxide Black
(E172).
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, Macrogol 3350, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Iron Oxide
Red (E172), Sunset Yellow FCF Aluminium Lake (E110), Lecithin
(contains soya oil) (E322).
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg tablets: Polyvinyl
Alcohol, Talc, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3350, Iron Oxide
Yellow (E172), Lecithin (contains soya oil) (E322), Iron Oxide Red
(E172), Iron Oxide Black (E172).

What Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets look like
and contents of the pack:

Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 80 mg/12.5 mg: Pink, oval, biconvex
film-coated tablets, 11 x 5.8 mm, marked “V” on one side and “H” on
the other.
Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/12.5 mg: Red, oval, biconvex
film-coated tablets, 15 x 6 mm, marked “V” on one side and “H” on
the other.
Valsartan/ Hydrochlorothiazide 160 mg/25 mg: Orange, oval,
biconvex film-coated tablets, 15 x 6 mm, marked “V” on one side and
“H” on the other.
All strengths are available in blister packs of 7, 14, 28, 30, 56, 98
and 280 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
CADUCEUS PHARMA LIMITED, 6th Floor, 94 Wigmore Street, London
W1U 3RF, UK
Manufacturer:
Balkanpharma - Dupnitsa AD, 3 Samokovsko Schosse Str.,
Dupnitsa 2600, Bulgaria
This leaflet was last updated in September 2010

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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