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PERINDOPRIL ARGININE 5MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): PERINDOPRIL ARGININE / PERINDOPRIL ARGININE / PERINDOPRIL ARGININE
COVERSYL ARGININE 5mg TABLETS / PERINDOPRIL ARGININE 5mg FILM-COATED TABLETS
COVERSYL ARGININE 10mg TABLETS / PERINDOPRIL ARGININE 10mg FILM-COATED TABLETS
This product is available using any of the above names but will be referred to as Coversyl Arginine throughout the
remainder of this leaflet. Please note that the leaflet also contains information about other strength (Coversyl
Arginine 2.5mg Tablets).
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, pharmacist or nurse.
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 or nurse. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Coversyl Arginine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Coversyl Arginine
3. How to take Coversyl Arginine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Coversyl Arginine
6. Content of the pack and other information
1. WHAT COVERSYL ARGININE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Coversyl Arginine is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. These work by widening the blood vessels,
which makes it easier for your heart to pump blood through them.
Coversyl Arginine is used:
• to treat high blood pressure (hypertension),
• to treat heart failure (a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs),
• to reduce the risk of cardiac events, such as heart attack, in patients with stable coronary artery disease (a
condition where the blood supply to the heart is reduced or blocked) and who have already had a heart attack
and/or an operation to improve the blood supply to the heart by widening the vessels that supply it.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE COVERSYL ARGININE
Do not take Coversyl Arginine
• if you are allergic to perindopril, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6), or to any
other ACE inhibitor,
if you have experienced symptoms such as wheezing, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, intense itching or
severe skin rashes with previous ACE inhibitor treatment or if you or a member of your family have had these
symptoms in any other circumstances (a condition called angioedema),
• if you are more than 3 months pregnant (it is also better to avoid Coversyl Arginine in early pregnancy – see
• if you have diabetes or impaired kidney function and you are treated with a blood pressure lowering medicine
Warnings and precautions
If any of the following apply to you please talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking Coversyl
Arginine if you:
• have aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel leading from the heart) or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
(heart muscle disease) or renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the artery supplying the kidney with blood),
• have any other heart problems,
• have liver problems,
• have kidney problems or if you are receiving dialysis,
• suffer from a collagen vascular disease (disease of the connective tissue) such as systemic lupus
erythematosus or scleroderma,
• have diabetes,
• are on a salt restricted diet or use salt substitutes which contain potassium,
• are to undergo anaesthesia and/or major surgery,
• are to undergo LDL apheresis (which is removal of cholesterol from your blood by a machine),
• are going to have desensitisation treatment to reduce the effects of an allergy to bee or wasp stings,
• have recently suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting, or are dehydrated,
• have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
• are taking any of the following medicines used to treat high blood pressure:
− an 'angiotensin II receptor blocker" (ARBs) (also known as sartans - for example valsartan, telmisartan,
irbesartan), 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 Coversyl Arginine".
• are of black origin since you may have a higher risk of angioedema and this medicine may be less effective in
lowering your blood pressure than in non-black patients.
Angioedema (a severe allergic reaction with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat with difficulty in swallowing
or breathing) has been reported in patients treated with ACE inhibitors, including Coversyl Arginine. This may occur
at any time during treatment. If you develop such symptoms, you should stop taking Coversyl Arginine and see a
doctor immediately. See also section 4.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Coversyl Arginine 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
The use of perindopril in children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years is not recommended.
Other medicines and Coversyl Arginine
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Treatment with Coversyl Arginine can be affected by other medicines. Your doctor may need to change your dose
and/or to take other precautions. These include:
• other medicines for high blood pressure, including angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), aliskiren (see also
information under the headings "Do not take Coversyl Arginine" and "Warnings and precautions") or diuretics
(medicines which increase the amount of urine produced by the kidneys),
• potassium-sparing drugs (e.g. triamterene, amiloride), potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt
• potassium-sparing drugs used in the treatment of heart failure: eplerenone and spironolactone at doses
between 12.5 mg to 50 mg per day,
• lithium for mania or depression,
• non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen) for pain relief or high dose aspirin,
• medicines to treat diabetes (such as insulin or metformin),
• baclofen (used to treat muscle stiffness in diseases such as multiple sclerosis),
• medicines to treat mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia etc (e.g. tricyclic
• immunosuppressants (medicines which reduce the defence mechanism of the body) used for the treatment of
auto-immune disorders or following transplant surgery (e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus),
• trimethoprim (for the treatment of infections),
• estramustine (used in cancer therapy),
• allopurinol (for the treatment of gout),
• procainamide (for the treatment of an irregular heart beat),
• vasodilators including nitrates (products that make the blood vessels become wider),
• heparin (medicines used to thin blood),
• medicines used for the treatment of low blood pressure, shock or asthma (e.g. ephedrine, noradrenaline or
• gold salts, especially with intravenous administration (used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis).
Coversyl Arginine with food and drink
It is preferable to take Coversyl Arginine before a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally advise you to
stop taking Coversyl Arginine before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will
advise you to take another medicine instead of Coversyl Arginine. Coversyl Arginine 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.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Coversyl Arginine is not recommended
for mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to breastfeed, especially if your baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.
Driving and using machines
Coversyl Arginine usually does not affect alertness but dizziness or weakness due to low blood pressure may occur
in certain patients. If you are affected in this way, your ability to drive or to operate machinery may be impaired.
Coversyl Arginine contains lactose
Coversyl Arginine contains lactose monohydrate. 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 COVERSYL ARGININE
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure.
Swallow your tablet with a glass of water, preferably at the same time each day, in the morning, before a meal.
Your doctor will decide on the correct dose for you.
The recommended dosages are as follows:
High blood pressure: the usual starting and maintenance dose is 5 mg once daily. After one month, this can be
increased to 10 mg once a day if required. 10 mg a day is the maximum recommended dose for high blood pressure.
If you are 65 or older, the usual starting dose is 2.5 mg once a day. After a month this can be increased to 5 mg
once a day and then if necessary to 10 mg once daily.
Heart failure: the usual starting dose is 2.5 mg once daily. After two weeks, this can be increased to 5 mg once a
day, which is the maximum recommended dose for heart failure.
Stable coronary artery disease: the usual starting dose is 5 mg once daily. After two weeks, this can be
increased to 10 mg once daily, which is the maximum recommended dose in this indication.
If you are 65 or older, the usual starting dose is 2.5 mg once a day. After a week this can be increased to 5 mg
once a day and after a further week to 10 mg once daily.
Use in children and adolescents
Use in children and adolescents is not recommended.
If you take more Coversyl Arginine than you should
If you take too many tablets, contact your nearest accident and emergency department or tell your doctor
immediately. The most likely effect in case of overdose is low blood pressure which can make you feel dizzy or
faint. If this happens, lying down with the legs raised can help.
If you forget to take Coversyl Arginine
It is important to take your medicine every day as regular treatment works better. However, if you forget to take a
dose of Coversyl Arginine, take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
If you stop taking Coversyl Arginine
As the treatment with Coversyl Arginine is usually life-long, you should discuss with your doctor before stopping
this medicinal product.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the medicinal product and see a doctor immediately, if you experience any of the following
side effects that can be serious:
• swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, difficulty in breathing (angioedema) (See section 2 “Warnings
and precautions”) (Uncommon – may affect up to 1 in 100 people),
• severe dizziness or fainting due to low blood pressure (Common – may affect up to 1 in 10 people),
• unusual fast or irregular heart beat, chest pain (angina) or heart attack (Very rare – may affect up to 1 in 10,000
• weakness of arms or legs, or problems speaking which could be a sign of a possible stroke (Very rare – may
affect up to 1 in 10,000 people),
• sudden wheeziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty in breathing (bronchospasm) (Uncommon –
may affect up to 1 in 100 people),
• inflamed pancreas which may cause severe abdominal and back pain accompanied with feeling very unwell
(Very rare – may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people),
• yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) which could be a sign of hepatitis (Very rare – may affect up to 1 in
• skin rash which often starts with red itchy patches on your face, arms or legs (erythema multiforme) (Very rare –
may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people).
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• shortness of breath (dyspnoea),
disorders (nausea, vomiting,
abdominal pain, taste disturbances, dyspepsia or
• pins and needles,
difficulty of digestion, diarrhoea, constipation),
• vision disturbances,
• allergic reactions (such as skin rashes, itching),
• tinnitus (sensation of noises in the ears),
• muscle cramps,
• feeling of weakness.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
• mood swings,
• photosensitivity reaction (increased sensitivity of the
• sleep disturbances,
skin to sun),
• dry mouth,
• arthralgia (joint pain),
• intense itching or severe skin rashes,
• myalgia (muscle pain),
• formation of blister clusters over the skin,
• chest pain,
• kidney problems,
• oedema peripheral,
• excess of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells),
• change in laboratory parameters: high blood level of
potassium reversible on discontinuation, low level of
sodium, hypoglycaemia (very low blood sugar level)
in case of diabetic patients, increased blood urea,
• vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels),
and increased blood creatinine.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people):
• changes in laboratory parameters: Increased level of liver enzymes, high level of serum bilirubin.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
• eosinophilic pneumonia (a rare type of pneumonia),
• rhinitis (blocked up or runny nose),
• acute renal failure,
• changes in blood values such as a lower number of white and red blood cells, lower haemoglobin, lower
number of blood platelets.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or 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 or Tel: Freephone 0808 100 3352. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE COVERSYL ARGININE
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Coversyl Arginine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and bottle. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Keep the bottle tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
• 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 signs of any deterioration, you should seek the advice of your
6. CONTENT OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Coversyl Arginine contains
• The active substance is perindopril arginine. One film-coated tablet contains, 5 mg or 10 mg perindopril
• The other ingredients in the tablet core are: lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin,
hydrophobic colloidal silica, sodium carboxymethyl starch (type A), and in the tablet film-coating: glycerol,
hypromellose, macrogol, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171) and copper chlorophyllin complex.
What Coversyl Arginine looks like and contents of the pack
Coversyl Arginine 5 mg tablets are light-green, rod-shaped film-coated tablets engraved with
on one face and
scored on both edges.
Coversyl Arginine 10 mg tablets are green, round, biconvex, film-coated tablets engraved with
on one face
on the other face.
Each strength of Coversyl Arginine is available in bottles of 30 tablets.
PL No: 15814/0910 Coversyl Arginine 5mg Tablets
PL No: 15814/0911 Coversyl Arginine 10mg Tablets
Manufactured by Anpharm Przedsiebiorstwo, Farmaceutyczne S.A., ul. Annopol 6B, 03-236 Warsaw, Poland and
procured from within the EU by the Product Licence Holder OPD Laboratories Limited, Unit 6 Colonial Way,
Watford, Herts WD24 4PR.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 10.03.2016.
Coversyl is a registered trade mark of Biofarma, France.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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