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SETOFILM 4 MG ORODISPERSIBLE FILMS

Active substance(s): ONDANSETRON

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Setofilm 4mg & 8mg
Orodispersible film

Patient Information Leaflet
BE/H/150/01-02/DC

Package leaflet : Information for the user
Setofilm® 4 mg, Orodispersible Films
Setofilm® 8 mg, Orodispersible Films
Ondansetron
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using 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, nurse 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.

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What SETOFILM is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use SETOFILM
3. How to use SETOFILM
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store SETOFILM
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1.

What SETOFILM is and what it is used for

Setofilm contains a medicine called ondansetron. This belongs to a group of drugs called
antiemetics.
Setofilm is used to treat and prevent nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick) caused by
chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It can also be used after an operation to prevent and treat
nausea and vomiting.
2.

What you need to know before you use SETOFILM

Do not use SETOFILM
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to ondansetron or any of the other ingredients
of Setofilm listed in section 6
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to other drugs belonging to the group of
selective serotonin (5-HT3)-receptor antagonists (eg. granisetron, dolasetron).
 If you are taking apomorphine (used to treat Parkinson’s disease). For further
information see section “Other medicines and SETOFILM”.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Setofilm if:
 you have ever had heart problems
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you have an irregular or uneven heart beat (arrhythmia)
you have liver problems
you have a blockage in your gut or bowel or if you suffer from severe constipation
you have problems with the levels of salts in your blood, such as potassium,
sodium and magnesium
 you are going to have or have recently had your tonsils or adenoids removed,
because treatment with Setofilm may hide symptoms of internal bleeding
 this medicine is prescribed for a child below the age of 2 years or with a body
surface of less than 0.6m2 and / or weighing 10kg and below






If you need to have a blood or urine test, you should tell the person performing the test that
you are taking Setofilm.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
before taking Setofilm
Other medicines and SETOFILM
Please tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might
take other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal
medicines. This is because Setofilm can affect the way some medicines work. Also some
other medicines can affect the way Setofilm works.
In particular, tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following
medicines:
Phenytoin, carbamazepine (medicines used to treat epilepsy)
Rifampicin (for treating serious bacterial infections, like TB)
antibiotics such as erythromycin
antifungal agents such as ketoconazole
Tramadol (for managing pain)
anti-arrhythmics (used to treat irregular or fast heart beat)
beta-blockers (used to treat certain heart or eye problems, anxiety or prevent
migraines)
 medicines that can affect the heart (such as haloperidol or methadone)
 cancer medicines (especially anthracyclines and trastuzumab)
 SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) used to treat depression and/or anxiety
including fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, citalopram, escitalopram
 SNRIs (serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) used to treat depression
and/or anxiety including venlafaxine, duloxetine.
 Apomorphine (a medical substance for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease), as
excessive drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness have been reported
when administering Setofilm (Ondansetron) concomitantly with apomorphine.








If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before
having Setofilm.

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SETOFILM with food and drink
You may take Setofilm with food and drink.
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.
Pregnancy:
It is not known if Setofilm is safe during pregnancy. You should only use Setofilm if your
doctor has told you to.
Breast-feeding:
You should not breast-feed whilst using Setofilm as it can pass into your breast milk.
Driving and using machines
Setofilm has little or no effect on your ability to drive or use machines.
3. How to use SETOFILM
Always use Setofilm exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Setofilm is for oral use only. It may be recommended for patients who may have problems
with taking or swallowing tablets; for example children or elderly.





Remove Setofilm orodispersible film from each individual sachet taking care not to
damage the film as follows: Open the sachet only at the tear tag and tear this off
slowly. Do not cut the sachet.
Before use check the film for damage as you should only use undamaged films.
Ensure the mouth is empty (and your fingers are dry) before placing Setofilm
orodispersible film on to the tongue.
The film should disintegrate on your tongue without water in a few seconds (in saliva
which can be subsequently swallowed).

Treatment and prevention of sickness (nausea and vomiting) in patients receiving
chemotherapy or radiotherapy
Elderly:
Setofilm is well tolerated by elderly patients. They may take the same dosage as adults (see
below).
Adults:
8 mg 1-2 hours before chemotherapy or radiotherapy, followed by 8 mg every 12 hours for
up to 5 days. Your doctor may recommend that your first dose is given by injection.
Children (aged 6 months and over) and adolescents (<18 years):
Your doctor will recommend what dose of ondansetron should be given. The individualised
dose will depend on the weight or body surface area of the child.
Prevention and Treatment of post-operative sickness (nausea and vomiting).
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Elderly:
Ondansetron is well tolerated by elderly patients. They may take the same dosage as adults;
see below.
Adults:
Take 16 mg of Setofilm 1 hour before your operation or
8 mg administered one hour before your operation, followed by two further doses of 8
mg 8 hours apart as directed by your doctor.
Children aged over 4 years and adolescents:
In children weighing 40kg and above, take 4mg of Setofilm 1 hour before your operation,
followed by one further dose of 4mg after 12 hours.
Liver dysfunction:
Do not take more than 8 mg of ondansetron daily if your liver does not work properly
(moderate to severe liver problems).
If you take more SETOFILM than you should
Contact your doctor, or go to the hospital immediately if you have taken more Setofilm
than recommended in this package leaflet or than prescribed by your doctor .Take the
medicine pack with you.
If you forget to take SETOFILM
If you forget to take Setofilm and feel sick or vomit
 Take a dose of Setofilm as soon as possible
 Take your next dose of Setofilm at the usual time
 Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you miss a dose but do not feel sick or vomit
 Take the next dose
 Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose
If you stop taking SETOFILM
If you feel unwell and stop taking Setofilm tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.
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, Setofilm can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Allergic reactions:
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Setofilm and immediately contact your doctor or
go to the nearest hospital. The signs of an allergic reaction may include:
 Sudden wheezing and chest pain or chest tightness
 Severe itching of the skin
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Skin rash - red spots or lumps under your skin (hives) anywhere on your body
Swelling of the eyelids, throat, face, lips, tongue or mouth
Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
Collapse

Other side effects include:
Very common side effects (affects more than 1 in 10 people)
 Headache
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
 Sensation of warmth or flushing
 Constipation; tell your doctor, if you have crampy abdominal pain or difficulty in
passing stools. They will need to monitor you carefully to see how the treatment is
affecting you.
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
 Hiccups
 Low blood pressure, which may make you feel faint or dizzy
 Palpitations (conscious awareness of heart beat) or irregular or slow heart beat
 Chest pain.
 Fits (convulsions)
 Unusual unintentional eye or body movements or shaking
 Changes to liver function test results (changes are more common if you take
ondansetron with a medicine called Cisplatin)
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
 Allergic reactions, sometimes severe, including anaphylaxis
 Feeling dizzy or lightheaded [when ondansetron is given intravenously (i.e. through a
tube in your vein)].
 Blurred vision or temporary loss of eyesight, (predominantly when ondansetron is
given intravenously ) which normally comes back within 20 minutes
 Disturbance in heart rhythm and ECG changes, including a special form of heart
rhythm disorder called Torsade de Pointes, (sometimes causing sudden loss of
consciousness)
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people):
 Temporary visual disturbances e.g. blurred vision (predominantly when ondansetron is
given intravenously )
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national
reporting system listed in Appendix V*. By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store setofilm
Keep this medicine out of the sight and and reach of children.
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Keep the sachet tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
Do not use Setofilm after the expiry date (EXP) which is stated on the carton. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not use Setofilm if you notice that it is damaged.
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 SETOFILM contains
The active substance is ondansetron. Each film contains 4 mg or 8 mg of ondansetron.
The other ingredients are: poly vinyl alcohol, Macrogol 1000, acesulfame potassium E950,
glycerol E422, titanium dioxide E171, rice starch, levomenthol and polysorbate 80 E433.
What SETOFILM looks like and contents of the pack
Setofilm 4 mg are white and rectangular (size 3 cm2) orodispersible films.
Setofilm 8 mg are white and rectangular (size 6 cm2) orodispersible films.
Setofilm 4 mg Orodispersible Film is placed into sachets. Each carton contains 2, 4, 6, 10, 30
or 50 sachets.
Setofilm 8 mg Orodispersible Film is placed into sachets. Each carton contains 2, 4, 6, 10, 30
or 50 sachets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:
[To be completed nationally]
Manufacturer(s):
LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
Lohmannstrasse 2
D-56626 Andernach
GERMANY
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the
following names:
Setofilm: France, Ireland, UK, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Finland,
Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Germany
Setofim: Norway
This leaflet was last revised in

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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