DIPENTUM 250 MG CAPSULES
Active substance(s): OLSALAZINE SODIUM
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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.
- In this leaflet, Dipentum 250 mg Capsules will be called Dipentum.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dipentum is for
2. Before you take Dipentum
3. How to take Dipentum
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dipentum
6. Further information
1. WHAT DIPENTUM IS FOR
Dipentum belongs to a group of medicines called aminosalicylates.
Dipentum works by reducing pain and swelling (inflammation) in the
intestine. It reduces the actions of substances in the body that cause
Dipentum is used to treat an inflammation of your large intestine (colon)
called ulcerative colitis. It is used for short-term (acute) attacks (called "flareups"), and at a lower dose to maintain the improvement (maintenance
treatment) and keep away further "flare-ups".
If untreated, a severe attack of ulcerative colitis may cause death due to
dehydration and bursting of the colon (peritonitis).
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE DIPENTUM
Do not take if:
- You are allergic to olsalazine sodium or any of the other ingredients of
Dipentum (see section 6)
- You have ever had an allergic reaction to any salicylates (e.g. aspirin and
aspirin-containing products, including those bought over the counter)
- You have severe kidney disease
- You are a child under 12.
If any of the above apply to you talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Take special care
Before you start taking Dipentum your doctor will do a blood test. This will
be repeated every three months for the first year, every six months for the
next four years and then once a year. This is to see how well your liver and
kidneys are functioning.
You should also check for signs of worsening of allergies such as asthma.
Tell your doctor immediately if you develop unexplained bruising or
bleeding accompanied with fever, dizziness, sore throat and mouth ulcers.
You could have developed a blood disorder.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Aspirin or any other aspirin-containing medicines or salicylates
- Other drugs to treat ulcerative colitis
- Blood thinning agents such as warfarin or heparin or heparinoids
- Drugs that treat irritable bowel syndrome and cancer such as thioguanine
and 6 mercaptopurine
- If you have recently had chickenpox vaccination (taking Dipentum may
cause a greater risk of Reye's syndrome; a life threatening condition)
- Any other medicine, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Dipentum with food and drink
Always take Dipentum with a glass of water after food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to
your doctor before taking Dipentum.
Driving and using machines
If you experience dizziness and/or blurred vision whilst taking Dipentum do
not drive or use machinery.
3. HOW TO TAKE DIPENTUM
Always use Dipentum exactly as your doctor has told you.
Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you. Your dose will
be shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist puts on your
medicine. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or
Remember: Your medicine should always be taken after food.
Adults, children over 12 and the elderly
- The usual starting dose is two capsules twice a day (two in the morning,
two in the evening at the end of a meal).
- Your doctor may increase your dose until your condition improves.
- You must not take more than twelve capsules a day or more than four
capsules at a time
- If a "flare-up" is severe you are likely to be given additional medicines.
- Once the "flare-up" is controlled your doctor may gradually reduce your
dose to two capsules twice a day (two in the morning, two in the evening
at the end of a meal).
- This is to prevent further "flare-ups”
- You may remain on this treatment, provided it remains effective, for a long
period of time.
If you take more Dipentum than you should
Do not take more Dipentum than you should. If you have taken too much,
immediately go to the nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor.
Take your capsules and this leaflet with you.
Signs of taking too much Dipentum include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
If you forget to take Dipentum
If you forget a dose take the next one as usual. Do not take a double dose
to make up for a missed dose.
If you stop taking Dipentum
Do not stop taking Dipentum without first talking to your doctor even if your
symptoms have improved.
If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines Dipentum can cause side effects, although not everybody
Seek immediate medical help if you have any of the following
symptoms (the frequency of these side effects is unknown):
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in
- Blood disorders (reduced number of blood cells) where you could have
the following symptoms: bruise or bleed easily, have a persistent sore
throat, mouth ulcers, dizziness and feeling tired and feverish
- Pancreatitis where you could have the following symptoms: severe
stomach pain, fever, feeling sick/being sick
- Liver disease where you could have the following symptoms: feeling
sick/being sick, loss of appetite, feeling generally unwell, itching and the
whites of the eyes may become yellow.
Other possible side effects:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people):
- Diarrhoea. It does not usually last very long, but taking your medicine at
the end of a meal helps to reduce diarrhoea.
- Feeling sick
- Joint pain
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people):
- Being sick
- Raised liver enzymes (tests your doctor may perform will show changed
- Itching and/or hives, a nettle-like rash
- Unusual hair loss
- Light sensitivity.
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Pins and needles
The frequency of the following side effects is unknown:
- Altered breakdown of blood cells in the liver which could result in jaundice
(yellowing of skin/eyes)
- Stomach pain
- Inflammation of heart muscle
- Awareness of your heartbeat
- Inflammation of sac around heart muscle
- Pain in passing urine or blood in the urine
- Difficulty in breathing
- Blurred vision
- Loss of touch sensation/numbness
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 DIPENTUM
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Dipentum after the expiry date on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30oC. Store in a dry place.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Return any medicine you no longer need to your pharmacist.
If your capsules show any signs of deterioration or discolouration, you
should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Dipentum contains
Dipentum contain the active substance olsalazine sodium.
Each capsule contains 250 mg olsalazine sodium.
The other ingredients are:
Capsule contents: magnesium stearate.
Capsules shell: gelatin, caramel and titanium dioxide (E171).
Printing ink: S-1-17822 and S-1-17823 (compose of shellac, iron oxide black
(E172), n-butyl alcohol, isopropyl glycol, propylene glycol and ammonium
What Dipentum looks like
Dipentum are beige colour capsule and marked ‘DIPENTUM® 250 mg’.
Dipentum comes in plastic bottles containing 100 capsules.
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Dipentum is manufactured by Waymade plc, Sovereign House, Miles Gray
Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3FR. UK.
Procured from within the EU by Product Licence holder:
Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 1XD.
Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
Dipentum 250 mg Capsules PL 20636/2818
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 18.03.17
Dipentum is a registered trademark of Atnahs Pharma UK Ltd.
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