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Active substance(s): OLMESARTAN MEDOXOMIL

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(olmesartan medoxomil)

Olmetec/Olmesartan Medoxomil is available in the following
strengths: 10mg, 20mg and 40mg.
This leaflet only applies to Olmetec 40mg Film-Coated Tablets
/Olmesartan Medoxomil 40mg Film-Coated Tablets which will
be referred to as Olmetec throughout this leaflet.

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
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:

What Olmetec is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Olmetec
How to take Olmetec
Possible side effects
How to store Olmetec
Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Olmetec is and what it is used for
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.
High blood pressure can be controlled with medicines such as
Olmetec. 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

2. What you need to know before you take
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 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. gallstones).
if you have diabetes or impaired kidney function and you
are treated with a blood pressure lowering medicine
containing aliskiren.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor before taking Olmetec. Tell your doctor
if you are taking any of the following medicines used to treat
high blood pressure:

an ACE-inhibitor (for example enalapril, lisinopril,
ramipril), in particular if you have diabetes-related
kidney problems.

Your doctor may check your kidney function, blood pressure,
and the amount of electrolytes (e.g. potassium) in your blood
at regular intervals. See also information under the heading
“Do not take Olmetec”.

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following health

Kidney problems

Liver disease

Heart failure or problems with your heart valves or heart

Severe vomiting, diarrhoea, treatment with high doses
of water tablets (diuretics) or if you are on a low salt

Increased levels of potassium in your blood

Problems with your adrenal glands.
Contact your doctor if you experience diarrhoea that is
severe, persistent and causes substantial weight loss. Your
doctor may evaluate your symptoms and decide on how to
continue your blood pressure medication.
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).


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.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any

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.

Olmetec contains lactose monohydrate

This medicine contains lactose monohydrate (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.

3. How to take Olmetec
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not

Children and adolescents

The recommended starting dose is one 10mg tablet once a
day. However, if your blood pressure is not controlled, your
doctor may decide to change your dose up to 20 or 40mg
once a day, or prescribe additional medicines.

Other medicines and Olmetec:

In patients with mild to moderate kidney disease, your dose
will not be higher than 20mg once a day.

Olmetec is not recommended for children and adolescents
under the age of 18.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any of the following medicines:

Other blood pressure lowering medicines, as the effect
of Olmetec can be increased.
Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to
take other precautions:
If you are taking an ACE-inhibitor or aliskiren (see also
information under the headings “Do not take Olmetec”
and “Warnings and precautions”).

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.

Colesevelam hydrochloride, a drug that lowers the level
of cholesterol in your blood, as the effect of Olmetec
may be decreased. Your doctor may advise you to take
Olmetec at least 4 hours before colesevelam

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 40mg 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

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

4. Possible side effects
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:
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

6. Contents of the pack and other

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in
10 people):

What Olmetec contains

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 following:
Increased fat levels (hypertriglyceridaemia), increased uric
acid levels (hyperuricaemia), rise in blood urea, increases in
tests of liver and muscle function.

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), swelling of the face, 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 chest).

Each film-coated tablet contains 40mg of
olmesartan medoxomil.
Also contains: microcrystalline cellulose,
lactose monohydrate, hydroxypropylcellulose,
low substitute hydroxypropylcellulose, magnesium stearate,
titanium dioxide (E171), talc and hypromellose (See section 2
“Olmetec contains lactose monohydrate”).

What Olmetec looks like and contents of the pack
Your tablets are white, oval, film-coated tablets with ‘C15’
embossed on one side and plain on the reverse.
Olmetec is available in packs of 30 film-coated tablets.


Your tablets are manufactured by:
DAIICHI SANKYO EUROPE GmbH, Luitpoldstrasse 1,
85276 Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by:
Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall,
Doncaster, DN3 1QR.

In blood tests a reduction of the numbers of a type of blood
cell, known as platelets has been seen (thrombocytopenia).

Product Licence holder: BR Lewis Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,
Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in
1000 people):

PL No: 08929/0261

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.


Leaflet revision & issue date (Ref): 17.06.16
Olmetec® is a registered trademark of Daiichi Sankyo
Company Limited.

Additional side effects in children and adolescents:

To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large
print or audio, please contact 01302 365000 and ask for the
Regulatory Department.

Reporting of side effects

Please be ready to give the following information:
Product name:
Olmetec 40mg Film-Coated
Tablets/Olmesartan Medoxomil
40mg Film-Coated Tablets
Reference number:

In children, side effects are similar to those reported in
adults. However, dizziness and headache are seen more often
in children, and nose bleeding is a common side effect seen in
children only.
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 at:
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Olmetec
Do not use the medicine after the expiry date printed on the
carton and blister label. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
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.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, you should consult your pharmacist who will
advise 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.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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