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Sectral® 400mg Tablets

2854
24.08.16[4]

(acebutolol 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 serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Your medicine is available using the above name but will be referred to as
Sectral throughout this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What Sectral is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Sectral
3. How to take Sectral
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sectral
6. Further information
1. What Sectral is and what it is
1. WHAT SECTRAL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Sectral 400 mg Tablets. This belongs to a
group of medicines called beta-blockers. It works by slowing your heart rate
or lowering your blood pressure.
Sectral is used for:
- Chest pain (angina)
- High blood pressure
- Uneven or unusually fast heart beats (arrhythmia)
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE SECTRAL
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
- You are allergic (hypersensitive) to acebutolol hydrochloride, other betablockers or any of the other ingredients of Sectral (see Section 6: Further
information) Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or
breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
- You have low blood pressure
- You have severe heart problems or heart failure not controlled by
medicines
- You have a very slow heartbeat - less than 50 beats per minute
- Your doctor has told you that you have an abnormal level of acid in your
blood (called acidosis).
- You have serious blood circulation problems
- You have a tumour on the adrenal gland (called phaechromocytoma)
Do not take if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before taking Sectral.
Take special care with Sectral
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
- You have kidney problems
- You have heart failure that is controlled with medicines
- You have a slow heart beat (also see section ‘Do not take Sectral if’)
- You have breathing problems due to long term lung problems (called
‘asthma’, ‘bronchitis’ or ‘emphysema’)
- You have an overactive thyroid gland
- You have diabetes or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia)
- You have psoriasis
- You have mild or moderate blood circulation problems. You may have cold
hands and feet that look darker than the rest of your body
- You have a form of chest pain known as ‘Prinzmetal’s’ angina
- You have a history of allergies
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Sectral.
Operations or anaesthetics
Tell your doctor or dentist you are taking Sectral if you are going to have an
anaesthetic or an operation (including dental surgery).
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription,
including herbal medicines. This is because Sectral can affect the way some
other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way Sectral
works.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Other medicines for high blood pressure
- Clonidine used for migraine or high blood pressure. If you are taking
clonidine and Sectral together, you should not stop taking clonidine unless
your doctor tells you. If you have to stop taking clonidine, your doctor will
give you instructions
- Medicines for chest pain (angina) such as verapamil, nifedipine or
diltiazem. Verapamil must not be taken within several days of taking
Sectral

- Medicines for heart problems such as amiodaraone, disopyramide or
digoxin
- Medicines used for mental health problems (antipsychotic medicines) such as haloperidol, sulpiride, pimozide or flupenthixol
- Some medicines used for depression (mono-amine oxidase inhibitors or
tricyclic antidepressants) such as phenelzine, imipramine or amitriptyline
- Medicines to help you sleep (barbiturates) such as amobarbital
- Insulin or tablets to treat diabetes - such as glibenclamide. Your doctor
may change your dose
- Medicines used for breathing problems -such as aminophylline,
theophylline, salbutamol and terbutaline
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) - used to relieve pain
(such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, indometacin and piroxicam)
- Fingolimod used for treating multiple sclerosis. Your doctor may perform
monitoring at the start of treatment
Taking Sectral with food and drink
Take Sectral with or just after meals
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if:
- You are pregnant, might become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
Sectral should not normally be given during pregnancy as it may cause
problems with the foetus or newly born baby.
- You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. You should not breastfeed if you are taking Sectral. This is because small amounts may pass
into mothers' milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you
are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
You may feel tired or dizzy while taking this medicine. If this happens, do not
drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Sectral Tablets
This medicine contains:
- Lactose. This medicine contains lactose, a type of sugar. If you have been
told by your doctor that you can not tolerate some sugars, talk to your
doctor before taking Sectral Tablets.
3. HOW TO TAKE SECTRAL
Always take Sectral exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
- Take this medicine by mouth
- Swallow the capsules/tablets with a drink of water
- If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not
change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor
How much to take
Adults (including the elderly)
The usual dose of Sectral depends on your needs and the illness being
treated. Your doctor will advise you.
Chest pains (angina)
- The starting dose is 400mg once a day at breakfast or 200mg twice a day
- If necessary, your doctor may increase this to 300mg three times a day
- The maximum daily dose is 1200mg
High blood pressure
- The starting dose is 400mg once a day at breakfast or 200mg twice a day
- If necessary, after 2 weeks, your doctor may increase this to 400mg twice
a day
Uneven or unusually fast heart beats (arrhythmia)
- The starting dose is 200mg daily
- If necessary, your doctor may increase this to 400mg to 1200mg daily
Patients with kidney problems
Your doctor may decide to lower your dose of Sectral if necessary.
If you take more Sectral than you should
If you take more capsules/tablets than you should
- Tell a doctor or go to a hospital casualty department straight away.
- Take the medicine pack with you. This is so the doctors know what you
have taken.
- The following effects may happen:
Feeling dizzy or weak, difficulty in breathing or wheezing, low blood sugar
or serious heart problems.
If you forget to take Sectral
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 Sectral
Keep taking Sectral until your doctor tells you to stop. If you stop treatment
suddenly your illness may get worse. When your doctor says that you can
stop taking Sectral, you need to do this gradually. Your doctor will help you
do this.
If you have any further questions about this medicine, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Sectral can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Sectral contains
The active ingredient is acebutolol hydrochloride.
- Each tablet contains 400mg of acebutolol (as hydrochloride).
- The other ingredients are lactose, maize starch, talc, silica colloidal
anhydrous, polyvidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose and macrogol
20 000.
What Sectral looks like and contents of the pack
The tablets are film-coated, white, oblong, marked ‘SECTRAL’ on one side
and a break line on other side.
They are available in blister packs of 28 and 70 tablets.

Stop taking Sectral and see your doctor or go to a hospital straight
away if:
- You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: rash, swallowing or
breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following
side-effects:
Very common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
- Blood tests may show changes to your immune system. Signs may include
joint aches and pains, swollen joints, increased sensitivity to sunlight,
mouth ulcers, hair loss, anxiety, fevers, night sweats and stomach pain.
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
- Changes in behaviour or depression, nightmares • Pain in your chest and
feeling weak or dizzy. These could be signs of heart problems or low blood
pressure.
- Blurred vision
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, cough, tiredness, fainting.
These could be signs of inflammation in your lungs.
Other side effects include:
- Seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations), confusion
- Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
- Dry eyes
- Slow heart rate. Swelling of feet or ankles. These could be signs that your
heart is not working properly
- Episodes of muscle cramps or muscle pain especially when you walk or
exercise
- Fingers and toes changing colour when cold and tingling or painful on
warming up. This could be Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets
serious or lasts longer than a few days.
Very common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
- Lethargy
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
- Diarrhoea, feeling sick (nausea), headache
Other side effects include:
- Lack of interest in sexual activities (loss of libido)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Unusual skin sensations such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning or
creeping on the skin (paraesthesia)
Blood tests
Sectral can increase the levels of liver enzymes shown up in blood tests.
This can mean that your liver is not working properly.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE SECTRAL
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Sectral after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after
‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25ºC.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
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.

MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Sectral is manufactured by Aventis Pharma S.A., Avenida de Leganes 62,
Alcorcon, Madrid, E-28925, Spain. Procured from within the EU by Product
Licence holder Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow,
Middlesex HA1 1XD.
Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.

POM

PL 20636/2854

Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 24.08.16[4]
Sectral is a trademark of Sanofi.

Acebutolol 400mg film-coated
tablets

2854
24.08.16[4]

(acebutolol 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 serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Your medicine is available using the above name but will be referred to as
Acebutolol throughout this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What Acebutolol is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Acebutolol
3. How to take Acebutolol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Acebutolol
6. Further information
1. What Acebutolol is and what it is
1. WHAT ACEBUTOLOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Acebutolol 400 mg film-coated tablets. This
belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. It works by slowing
your heart rate or lowering your blood pressure.
Acebutolol is used for:
- Chest pain (angina)
- High blood pressure
- Uneven or unusually fast heart beats (arrhythmia)
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ACEBUTOLOL
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
- You are allergic (hypersensitive) to Acebutolol, other beta-blockers or any
of the other ingredients of Acebutolol (see Section 6: Further information)
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing
problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
- You have low blood pressure
- You have severe heart problems or heart failure not controlled by
medicines
- You have a very slow heartbeat - less than 50 beats per minute
- Your doctor has told you that you have an abnormal level of acid in your
blood (called acidosis).
- You have serious blood circulation problems
- You have a tumour on the adrenal gland (called phaechromocytoma)
Do not take if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before taking Acebutolol.
Take special care with Acebutolol
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
- You have kidney problems
- You have heart failure that is controlled with medicines
- You have a slow heart beat (also see section ‘Do not take Acebutolol if’)
- You have breathing problems due to long term lung problems (called
‘asthma’, ‘bronchitis’ or ‘emphysema’)
- You have an overactive thyroid gland
- You have diabetes or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia)
- You have psoriasis
- You have mild or moderate blood circulation problems. You may have cold
hands and feet that look darker than the rest of your body
- You have a form of chest pain known as ‘Prinzmetal’s’ angina
- You have a history of allergies
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Acebutolol.
Operations or anaesthetics
Tell your doctor or dentist you are taking Acebutolol if you are going to have
an anaesthetic or an operation (including dental surgery).
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription,
including herbal medicines. This is because Acebutolol can affect the way
some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way
Acebutolol works.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Other medicines for high blood pressure
- Clonidine used for migraine or high blood pressure. If you are taking
clonidine and Acebutolol together, you should not stop taking clonidine
unless your doctor tells you. If you have to stop taking clonidine, your
doctor will give you instructions

- Medicines for chest pain (angina) such as verapamil, nifedipine or
diltiazem. Verapamil must not be taken within several days of taking
Acebutolol
- Medicines for heart problems such as amiodaraone, disopyramide or
digoxin
- Medicines used for mental health problems (antipsychotic medicines) such as haloperidol, sulpiride, pimozide or flupenthixol
- Some medicines used for depression (mono-amine oxidase inhibitors or
tricyclic antidepressants) such as phenelzine, imipramine or amitriptyline
- Medicines to help you sleep (barbiturates) such as amobarbital
- Insulin or tablets to treat diabetes - such as glibenclamide. Your doctor
may change your dose
- Medicines used for breathing problems -such as aminophylline,
theophylline, salbutamol and terbutaline
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) - used to relieve pain
(such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, indometacin and piroxicam)
- Fingolimod used for treating multiple sclerosis. Your doctor may perform
monitoring at the start of treatment
Taking Acebutolol with food and drink
Take Acebutolol with or just after meals
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if:
- You are pregnant, might become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
Acebutolol should not normally be given during pregnancy as it may cause
problems with the foetus or newly born baby.
- You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. You should not breastfeed if you are taking Acebutolol. This is because small amounts may pass
into mothers' milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you
are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
You may feel tired or dizzy while taking this medicine. If this happens, do not
drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Acebutolol
Tablets
This medicine contains:
- Lactose. This medicine contains lactose, a type of sugar. If you have been
told by your doctor that you can not tolerate some sugars, talk to your
doctor before taking Acebutolol Tablets.
3. HOW TO TAKE ACEBUTOLOL
Always take Acebutolol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
- Take this medicine by mouth
- Swallow the capsules/tablets with a drink of water
- If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not
change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor
How much to take
Adults (including the elderly)
The usual dose of Acebutolol depends on your needs and the illness being
treated. Your doctor will advise you.
Chest pains (angina)
- The starting dose is 400mg once a day at breakfast or 200mg twice a day
- If necessary, your doctor may increase this to 300mg three times a day
- The maximum daily dose is 1200mg
High blood pressure
- The starting dose is 400mg once a day at breakfast or 200mg twice a day
- If necessary, after 2 weeks, your doctor may increase this to 400mg twice
a day
Uneven or unusually fast heart beats (arrhythmia)
- The starting dose is 200mg daily
- If necessary, your doctor may increase this to 400mg to 1200mg daily
Patients with kidney problems
Your doctor may decide to lower your dose of Acebutolol if necessary.
If you take more Acebutolol than you should
If you take more capsules/tablets than you should
- Tell a doctor or go to a hospital casualty department straight away.
- Take the medicine pack with you. This is so the doctors know what you
have taken.
- The following effects may happen:
Feeling dizzy or weak, difficulty in breathing or wheezing, low blood sugar
or serious heart problems.

If you forget to take Acebutolol
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 Acebutolol
Keep taking Acebutolol until your doctor tells you to stop. If you stop
treatment suddenly your illness may get worse. When your doctor says that
you can stop taking Acebutolol, you need to do this gradually. Your doctor
will help you do this.
If you have any further questions about this medicine, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Acebutolol can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop taking Acebutolol and see your doctor or go to a hospital straight
away if:
- You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: rash, swallowing or
breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following
side-effects:
Very common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
- Blood tests may show changes to your immune system. Signs may include
joint aches and pains, swollen joints, increased sensitivity to sunlight,
mouth ulcers, hair loss, anxiety, fevers, night sweats and stomach pain.
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
- Changes in behaviour or depression, nightmares • Pain in your chest and
feeling weak or dizzy. These could be signs of heart problems or low blood
pressure.
- Blurred vision
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, cough, tiredness, fainting.
These could be signs of inflammation in your lungs.
Other side effects include:
- Seeing or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations), confusion
- Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
- Dry eyes
- Slow heart rate. Swelling of feet or ankles. These could be signs that your
heart is not working properly
- Episodes of muscle cramps or muscle pain especially when you walk or
exercise
- Fingers and toes changing colour when cold and tingling or painful on
warming up. This could be Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects gets
serious or lasts longer than a few days.
Very common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
- Lethargy
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
- Diarrhoea, feeling sick (nausea), headache
Other side effects include:
- Lack of interest in sexual activities (loss of libido)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Unusual skin sensations such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning or
creeping on the skin (paraesthesia)
Blood tests
Acebutolol can increase the levels of liver enzymes shown up in blood tests.
This can mean that your liver is not working properly.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE ACEBUTOLOL
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Acebutolol after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after
‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25ºC.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.

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 Acebutolol contains
The active ingredient is acebutolol hydrochloride.
- Each tablet contains 400mg of acebutolol (as hydrochloride).
- The other ingredients are lactose, maize starch, talc, silica colloidal
anhydrous, polyvidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose and macrogol
20 000.
What Acebutolol looks like and contents of the pack
The tablets are film-coated, white, oblong, marked ‘SECTRAL’ on one side
and a break line on other side.
They are available in blister packs of 28 and 70 tablets.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Acebutolol is manufactured by Aventis Pharma S.A., Avenida de Leganes
62, Alcorcon, Madrid, E-28925, Spain. Procured from within the EU by
Product Licence holder Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close,
Harrow, Middlesex HA1 1XD.
Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.

POM

PL 20636/2854

Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 24.08.16[4]

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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