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Olmetec® 10mg film-coated Tablets/
Olmesartan medoxomil 10mg film-coated Tablets
(olmesartan medoxomil)
This medicine is known by any of the above names but will be referred to as
Olmetec throughout this leaflet. Please note that the leaflet also contains
information about other strengths (Olmetec 20 mg film-coated Tablets,
Olmetec 40 mg film-coated Tablets).
Package Leaflet: Information for the User
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. Do not pass it 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 Olmetec is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Olmetec
3. How to take Olmetec
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Olmetec
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Other medicines and Olmetec:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might
take any of the following medicines:
• Potassium supplements, a salt substitute which contains potassium, water
tablets (diuretics) or heparin (for thinning the blood). Using these
medicines at the same time as Olmetec may raise the levels of potassium
in your blood.
• Lithium (a medicine used to treat mood swings and some types of
depression) used at the same time as Olmetec may increase the toxicity
of lithium. If you have to take lithium, your doctor will measure your lithium
blood levels.
• Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) medicines (medicines used to
relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including
arthritis) used at the same time as Olmetec may increase the risk of
kidney failure and the effect of Olmetec can be decreased by NSAIDs.
• Other blood pressure lowering medicines, as the effect of Olmetec can be
• Certain antacids (indigestion remedies), as the effect of Olmetec can be
slightly decreased.
Older people
If you are over 65 years of age and your doctor decides to increase your
dose of olmesartan medoxomil to 40 mg daily, then you need to have your
blood pressure regularly checked by your doctor to make sure that your
blood pressure does not become too low.
Black patients
As with other similar drugs the blood pressure lowering effect of Olmetec is
somewhat less in black patients.
Olmetec with food and drink
Olmetec can be taken with or without food.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Olmetec belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin-II receptor
antagonists. They lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels.
Olmetec is used for the treatment of high blood pressure (also known as
‘hypertension’). High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in organs
such as the heart, kidneys, brain and eyes. In some cases this may lead to a
heart attack, heart or kidney failure, stroke or blindness. Usually high blood
pressure has no symptoms. It is important to have your blood pressure
checked to prevent damage occurring.

You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant.
Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Olmetec before you
become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise
you to take another medicine instead of Olmetec. Olmetec is not
recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken when more than 3
months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used after the
third month of pregnancy.

High blood pressure can be controlled with medicines such as Olmetec
tablets. Your doctor has probably also recommended that you make some
changes in your lifestyle to help lower your blood pressure (for example
losing weight, giving up smoking, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
and reducing the amount of salt in your diet). Your doctor may also have
urged you to take regular exercise, such as walking or swimming. It is
important to follow this advice from your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding.
Olmetec is 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
You may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated for your high blood
pressure. If this happens, do not drive or use machines until the symptoms
wear off. Ask your doctor for advice.

Do not take Olmetec
• if you are allergic to olmesartan medoxomil or any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• if you are more than 3 months pregnant. (It is also better to avoid Olmetec
tablets in early pregnancy - see pregnancy section.)
• if you suffer from yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) or problems
with drainage of the bile from the gallbladder (biliary obstruction e.g.

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

Olmetec contains lactose
This medicine contains lactose (a type of sugar).
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before taking Olmetec. Tell your doctor if you have any
of the following health problems:
• Kidney problems
• Liver disease
• Heart failure or problems with your heart valves or heart muscle
• Severe vomiting, diarrhoea, treatment with high doses of water tablets
(diuretics) or if you are on a low salt diet
• Increased levels of potassium in your blood
• Problems with your adrenal glands.
As with any medicine which reduces blood pressure, an excessive drop in
blood pressure in patients with blood flow disturbances of the heart or brain
could lead to a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor will therefore check your
blood pressure carefully.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant.
Olmetec is 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).
Children and adolescents
Olmetec is not recommended for children and adolescents under the age of

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Below is a translation of the days of the week on the blister strip.







The recommended starting dose is one 10 mg tablet once a day. However, if
your blood pressure is not controlled, your doctor may decide to change your
dose up to 20 or 40 mg once a day, or prescribe additional medicines.
In patients with mild to moderate kidney disease, your dose will not be higher
than 20 mg once a day.
The tablets can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablets with a
sufficient amount of water (e.g. one glass). If possible, take your daily dose at
the same time each day, for example at breakfast time.
If you take more Olmetec than you should
If you take more tablets than you should or if a child accidentally swallows
some, go to your doctor or nearest emergency department immediately and
take your medicine pack with you.

If you forget to take Olmetec
If you forget a dose, take your normal dose on the following day as usual. Do
not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking Olmetec
It is important to continue to take Olmetec unless your doctor tells you to
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. If they do occur, they are often mild and do not require
treatment to be stopped.
Although not many people may get them, the following two side effects can
be serious:
On rare occasions (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) the following allergic
reactions that may affect the whole body have been reported:

What Olmetec contains
Each film-coated tablet contains 10mg olmesartan medoxomil.
It also contains microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium
stearate, hydroxypropylcellulose, titanium dioxide (E171), talc and
What Olmetec looks like and contents of the pack
Olmetec 10mg Tablets are white, circular film-coated tablets marked ‘C13’ on
one side and plain on the other side.
Olmetec 10mg Tablets are available as calendar blister packs of 28, 56 and
98 tablets.
Olmetec 10mg Tablets are made by DAIICHI SANKYO EUROPE GmbH,
81366 Munchen, Germany and are procured from within the EU by the
Product Licence holder: Caseview (PL) Ltd., 20 Alliance Court, Alliance
Road, London, W3 0RB and repackaged by OPD Laboratories Ltd, Unit 6
Colonial Way, Watford, Herts WD24 4PR.
PL 13826/1662

Swelling of the face, mouth and/or larynx (voice box) together with itching
and rash may occur during treatment with Olmetec. If this happens stop
taking Olmetec and contact your doctor immediately.
Rarely (but slightly more often in older people) Olmetec can cause the blood
pressure to fall too low in susceptible individuals or as the result of an allergic
reaction. This could cause severe light-headedness or fainting. If this occurs
stop taking Olmetec, contact your doctor immediately and lie down flat.
These are the other side effects known about so far with Olmetec.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Dizziness, headache, nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea, stomach ache,
gastroenteritis, tiredness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, bronchitis, flu-like
symptoms, cough, pain, pain in the chest, back, bones or joints, infection of
the urinary tract, swelling of ankles, feet, legs, hands or arms, blood in the
Some changes in blood test results have also been seen and include the
Increased fat levels (hypertriglyceridaemia), increased uric acid levels
(hyperuricaemia), rise in blood urea, increases in tests of liver and muscle
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Quick allergic reactions that may affect the whole body and may cause
breathing problems as well as a rapid fall of blood pressure that may even
lead to fainting (anaphylactic reactions), vertigo, vomiting, weakness, feeling
unwell, muscular pain, skin rash, allergic skin rash, itching, exanthema (skin
eruption), skin lumps (wheals), angina (pain or uncomfortable feeling in the
In blood tests a reduction of the numbers of a type of blood cell, known as
platelets has been seen (thrombocytopenia).
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people):
Lack of energy, muscle cramps, impaired kidney function, kidney failure.
Some changes in blood test results have also been seen. These include
increased potassium levels (hyperkalaemia) and increased levels of
compounds related to kidney function.
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 (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use the medicine after the expiry dated printed on the pack.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking the tablets, please take them back to the
pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the tablets if your doctor tells you to.
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.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration,
consult your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.

Olmetec® 10mg film-coated Tablets/
Olmesartan medoxomil 10mg film-coated Tablets
Leaflet revision date (ref) 28/04/2014

‘Olmetec’ is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited,
To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call
01923 332 796. 
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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