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LACIDIPINE 4MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): LACIDIPINE

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Package Leaflet: Information for the Patient
Lacidipine 2 mg, 4 mg Film-Coated Tablets
Lacidipine
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.





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 only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Lacidipine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Lacidipine
3. How to take Lacidipine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Lacidipine
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Lacidipine is and what it is used
for
Lacidipine tablets contain a medicine called lacidipine.
This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘calcium
channel blockers’. Lacidipine helps to relax your blood
vessels so that they get wider. This helps the blood to
flow more easily and lowers the blood pressure.
Lacidipine tablets taken regularly as prescribed by your
doctor will help to lower your blood pressure (to treat
hypertension).

2. What you need to know before you
take Lacidipine
Do not take Lacidipine:





if you are pregnant, likely to get pregnant or are
breast-feeding
if you are allergic to lacidipine, other calcium
channel blocker medicines or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
if you have the heart problem ‘aortic stenosis’.
This is a narrowing of a valve in your heart, which
restricts blood flow
if you have had a heart attack within the last
month.

Do not take Lacidipine if any of the above apply to you.
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking the medicine.

Other medicines and Lacidipine

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any other medicines. This is
because Lacidipine can affect the way some other
medicines work. Also some other medicines can affect
the way Lacidipine 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 ‘antiarrhythmics’)
• 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.

Lacidipine with food and drink

Do not take this medicine with grapefruit juice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not take Lacidipine if you are pregnant, likely to get
pregnant or are breast-feeding.

Driving and using machines

You may feel dizzy while taking Lacidipine. If this
happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines.

Lacidipine tablets contain 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.
3.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has
told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
It is important to take the right number of tablets at the
right time of day.

You should stop taking Lacidipine 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.




Warnings and precautions



Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Lacidipine:
• if you have an uneven heart beat or any other
heart problems
• if you have or have ever had any liver problems.
If you are having any blood tests, tell the person giving
the test that you are taking this medicine. This is
because Lacidipine can affect results relating to your
liver.

How to take Lacidipine




The usual starting dose is 2 mg every morning.
After 3-4 weeks this may be increased to 4 mg
every morning.
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.

The 4 mg tablet can be divided into equal doses.

If you take more Lacidipine 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 Lacidipine

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.
If you have any further questions on the use of the
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of
the following serious side effects – you may need
urgent medical treatment:
• angina, this is a type of chest pain. This is
uncommon in people taking Lacidipine and is more
likely to occur when you start taking this medicine
• allergic reactions, the signs may include: rapid
swelling of the face, mouth and throat which may
cause difficulty breathing.
The side effects described below have been
experienced by people taking Lacidipine. They are listed
as either common, uncommon, rare or very rare.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 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 (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• chest pain (angina) including chest pain that is
getting worse
• low blood pressure for example feeling faint,
fainting
• swelling of the gums
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• rapid swelling of the face, mouth and throat which
may cause difficulty breathing
• nettle rash (urticaria)
• muscle cramps
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• tremor
• depression

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, website
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 Lacidipine
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
This medicine does not need any special temperature
storage conditions.
The tablets 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 this medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton and the blister pack after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information
What Lacidipine tablets contain

The active substance is lacidipine. Each tablet contains
2 mg or 4 mg.
The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
povidone, crospovidone and magnesium stearate. The
film coating contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide and
macrogol 400.

What Lacidipine tablets look like and contents
of the pack
The 2 mg tablets are film-coated, round and white in
colour. They have the logo
code ‘225’ on the other.

on one side and the

The 4 mg tablets are film-coated, oval and white in
colour. They have the logo
on one side and the
codes ‘2’ and ‘24’ separated by a break line on the
other.
Lacidipine tablets are available in blister packs of 28
tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Ltd., 6 Riverview Road,
Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 0LD, United Kingdom
This leaflet was last revised in 02/2014

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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