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STRODROS 20MG GASTRO-RESISTANT HARD CAPSULES
Active substance(s): DULOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Strodros 20 mg gastro-resistant hard capsules
Strodros 40 mg gastro-resistant hard capsules
Duloxetine (as hydrochloride)
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 Strodros is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Strodros
3. How to take Strodros
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Strodros
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Strodros is and what it is used for
Strodros contains the active substance duloxetine. Strodros increases the levels of serotonin and
noradrenaline in the nervous system.
Strodros is a medicine to be taken by mouth to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) in women.
Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition in which patients have accidental loss
or leakage of urine during physical exertion or activities such as laughing, coughing, sneezing,
lifting, or exercise.
Strodros is believed to work by increasing the strength of the muscle that holds back urine when
you laugh, sneeze, or perform physical activities.
The efficacy of Strodros is reinforced when combined with a training program called Pelvic Floor
Muscle Training (PFMT).
What you need to know before you take Strodros
Do not take Strodros if you:
are allergic to duloxetine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6);
have liver disease;
have severe kidney disease;
are taking or have taken within the last 14 days, another medicine known as a monoamine
oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (see “Other medicines and Strodros”);
are taking fluvoxamine which is usually used to treat depression, ciprofloxacin or enoxacin
which are used to treat some infections.
Talk to your doctor if you have high blood pressure or heart disease. Your doctor will tell you if
you should be taking Strodros.
Warnings and precautions
The following are reasons why Strodros may not be suitable for you. Talk to your doctor before
you take Strodros if you:
are taking medicines to treat depression (see “Other medicines and Strodros”);
are taking St. John’s Wort, a herbal treatment (Hypericum perforatum);
have kidney disease;
have had seizures (fits);
have had mania;
suffer from bipolar disorder;
have eye problems, such as certain kinds of glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye);
have a history of bleeding disorders (tendency to develop bruises);
are at risk of low sodium levels (for example if you are taking diuretics, especially if you are
are currently being treated with another medicine which may cause liver damage;
are taking other medicines containing duloxetine (see “Other medicines and Strodros”).
Strodros may cause a sensation of restlessness or an inability to sit or stand still. You should tell
your doctor if this happens to you.
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of depression or anxiety disorder
Although Strodros 20 or 40 mg is not indicated for the treatment of depression, its active
ingredient (duloxetine) is used as an antidepressant medicine. If you are depressed and/or have
anxiety disorders you can sometimes have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. These may be
increased when first starting antidepressants, since these medicines all take time to work, usually
about two weeks but sometimes longer.
You may be more likely to think like this if you:
have previously had thoughts about killing or harming yourself;
are a young adult. Information from clinical trials has shown an increased risk of suicidal
behaviour in adults aged less than 25 years with psychiatric conditions who were treated
with an antidepressant.
If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time, contact your doctor or go to
a hospital straight away.
You may find it helpful to tell a relative or close friend that you are depressed or have an anxiety
disorder, and ask them to read this leaflet. You might ask them to tell you if they think your
depression or anxiety is getting worse, or if they are worried about changes in your behaviour.
Children and adolescents
Strodros should not be used for children and adolescents under 18 years. Also, you should know
that patients under 18 have an increased risk of side-effects such as suicide attempt, suicidal
thoughts and hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behaviour and anger) when they
take this class of medicines. Also, the long-term safety effects concerning growth, maturation,
and cognitive and behavioural development of Strodros in this age group have not yet been
Other medicines and Strodros
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
The main ingredient of Strodros, duloxetine, is used in other medicines for other conditions:
diabetic neuropathic pain, depression, anxiety and urinary incontinence.
Using more than one of these medicines at the same time should be avoided. Check with your
doctor if you are already taking other medicines containing duloxetine.
Your doctor should decide whether you can take Strodros with other medicines. Do not start or
stop taking any medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal remedies,
before checking with your doctor.
You should also tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs): You should not take Strodros if you are taking or
have recently taken (within the last 14 days) an antidepressant medicine called a monoamine
oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Examples of MAOIs include moclobemide (an antidepressant) and
linezolid (an antibiotic). Taking a MAOI together with many prescription medicines, including
Strodros, can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects. You must wait at least 14
days after you have stopped taking an MAOI before you can take Strodros. Also, you need to
wait at least 5 days after you stop taking Strodros before you take a MAOI.
Medicines that cause sleepiness: These include medicines prescribed by your doctor
including benzodiazepines, strong painkillers, antipsychotics, phenobarbital and sedative
Medicines that increase the level of serotonin: Triptans, tramadol, tryptophan, SSRIs (such
as paroxetine and fluoxetine), SNRIs (such as venlafaxine), tricyclic antidepressants
(such as clomipramine, amitriptyline), pethidine, St. John’s Wort and MAOIs (such as
moclobemide and linezolid). These medicines increase the risk of side effects; if you get any
unusual symptom taking any of these medicines together with Strodros, you should see your
Oral anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents: Medicines which thin the blood or prevent the
blood from clotting. These medicines might increase the risk of bleeding.
Strodros with food, drink and alcohol
Strodros may be taken with or without food. You should take extra care if you drink alcohol
while taking Strodros.
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.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant, or you are trying to become pregnant, while you are
taking Strodros. You should use Strodros only after discussing the potential benefits and any
potential risks to your unborn child with your doctor.
Make sure your midwife and/or doctor knows you are on Strodros. When taken during
pregnancy, similar drugs (SSRIs) may increase the risk of a serious condition in babies, called
persistent pulmonary hypertension of the new-born (PPHN), making the baby breathe faster
and appear bluish. These symptoms usually begin during the first 24 hours after the baby is born.
If this happens to your baby you should contact your midwife and/or doctor immediately.
If you take Strodros near the end of your pregnancy, your baby might have some symptoms when
it is born. These usually begin at birth or within a few days of your baby being born. These
symptoms may include floppy muscles, trembling, jitteriness, not feeding properly, trouble with
breathing and fits. If your baby has any of these symptoms when it is born, or you are concerned
about your baby’s health, contact your doctor or midwife who will be able to advise you.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. The use of Strodros while breastfeeding is not
recommended. You should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Driving and using machines
Strodros may make you feel sleepy or dizzy. Do not drive or use any tools or machines until you
know how Strodros affects you.
Strodros contains sucrose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.
How to take Strodros
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Strodros is for oral use. You should swallow your capsule whole with a drink of water.
The recommended dose of Strodros is 40 mg twice a day (in the morning and late
afternoon/evening). Your doctor may decide to start your treatment with 20 mg twice a day
for two weeks before increasing the dose to 40 mg twice a day.
To help you remember to take Strodros, you may find it easier to take it at the same times every
Do not stop taking Strodros, or change your dose, without talking to your doctor. Treating your
disorder properly is important to help you get better. If it is not treated, your condition may not
go away and may become more serious and difficult to treat.
If you take more Strodros than you should
Call your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you take more than the amount of Strodros
prescribed by your doctor. Symptoms of overdose include sleepiness, coma, serotonin syndrome
(a rare reaction which may cause feelings of great happiness, drowsiness, clumsiness,
restlessness, feeling of being drunk, fever, sweating or rigid muscles), fits, vomiting and fast
If you forget to take Strodros
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for your next dose,
skip the missed dose and take only a single dose as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up
for a forgotten dose. Do not take more than the daily amount of Strodros that has been prescribed
for you in one day.
If you stop taking Strodros
DO NOT stop taking your capsules without the advice of your doctor even if you feel better.
If your doctor thinks that you no longer need Strodros he or she will ask you to reduce your dose
over 2 weeks.
Some patients, who suddenly stop taking Strodros after more than 1 week of therapy, have had
symptoms such as: dizziness, tingling feelings like pins and needles or electric shock-like
feelings (particularly in the head), sleep disturbances (vivid dreams, nightmares, inability to
sleep), fatigue, sleepiness, feeling restless or agitated, feeling anxious, feeling sick (nausea) or
being sick (vomiting), shaking (tremor), headaches, muscle pain, feeling irritable, diarrhoea,
excessive sweating or vertigo.
These symptoms are usually not serious and disappear within a few days, but if you have
symptoms that are troublesome you should ask your doctor for advice.
If you have further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
These effects are normally mild to moderate and often disappear after a short time.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth, constipation;
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Lack of appetite;
Trouble sleeping, feeling agitated, less sex drive, anxiety, difficulty sleeping;
Headache, dizziness, feeling sluggish, feeling sleepy, tremor, numbness, including numbness,
pricking or tingling of the skin;
Feeling of dizziness or “spinning” (vertigo);
Increased blood pressure, flushing;
Diarrhoea, stomach pain, being sick (vomiting), heartburn or indigestion;
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Throat inflammation that causes a hoarse voice;
Decreased thyroid gland activity which can cause tiredness or weight gain;
Grinding or clenching the teeth, feeling disorientated, lack of motivation, difficulty or failure
to experience orgasm, unusual dreams;
Feeling nervous, difficulty concentrating, changes in sense of taste, poor sleep quality;
Large pupils (the dark centre of the eye), problems with eyesight, eyes feel dry;
Tinnitus (hearing sound in the ear when there is no external sound), ear pain;
Feeling the heart pumping in the chest, fast and/or irregular heartbeat;
Vomiting blood, or black tarry stools (faeces), gastroenteritis, inflammation of the mouth,
burping, difficulty swallowing, breaking wind, bad breath;
Inflammation of the liver that may cause abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin or whites
of the eyes;
(Itchy) rash, night sweats, hives, cold sweats, increased tendency to bruise;
Muscle pain, muscle tightness, muscle spasm, contraction of the jaw muscle;
Difficulty to start urinating, painful urination, needing to pass urine during the night, frequent
urination, abnormal urine odour;
Abnormal vaginal bleeding, menopausal symptoms;
Chest pain, feeling cold, thirst, feeling hot;
Weight loss, weight gain;
Strodros may cause effects that you may not be aware of, such as increases in liver enzymes or
blood levels of potassium, creatine phosphokinase, sugar, or cholesterol.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Serious allergic reaction which causes difficulty in breathing or dizziness with swollen tongue
Low levels of sodium in the blood (mostly in elderly people; the symptoms may include
feeling dizzy, weak, confused, sleepy or very tired, or feeling or being sick, more serious
symptoms are fainting, fits or falls), syndrome of inappropriate secretion of anti-diuretic
Suicidal behaviour, suicidal thoughts, mania (over activity, racing thoughts and decreased
need for sleep), hallucinations, aggression and anger;
“Serotonin syndrome” (a rare reaction which may cause feelings of great happiness,
drowsiness, clumsiness, restlessness, feeling of being drunk, fever, sweating or rigid muscles),
fits, sudden involuntary jerks or twitches of the muscles, sensation of restlessness or an
inability to sit or stand still, difficulty controlling movement e.g. lack of coordination or
involuntary movements of the muscles, restless legs syndrome;
Increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma);
Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting on standing up, cold fingers and/or toes;
Throat tightness, nose bleeds;
Passing bright red blood in your stools, inflammation of the large intestine (leading to
Liver failure, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice);
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious illness with blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and
genitals), serious allergic reaction which causes swelling of the face or throat (angioedema),
sensitivity to sunlight;
Difficulty or inability to pass urine, needing to pass more urine than normal, having
a decreased urine flow;
Abnormal periods, including heavy, painful, irregular or prolonged periods, unusually light or
missed periods, abnormal production of breast milk;
Falls (mostly in elderly people), abnormal gait.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin (cutaneous vasculitis).
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
How to store Strodos
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after “EXP”.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 25 °C. Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
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
Contents of the pack and other information
What Strodos contains
The active substance is duloxetine. Each capsule contains 20 or 40 mg of duloxetine.
The other ingredients are:
Capsule content: sucrose, maize starch, hypromellose 2910/5, hypromellose 2910/6, talc,
hypromellose acetate succinate, triethyl citrate.
Strodros 20 mg:
Capsule cap and body: Indigo carmine FD&C Blue 2 (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), gelatin
Strodros 40 mg:
Capsule cap: Indigo carmine FD&C Blue 2 (E132), titanium dioxide (E171), gelatin
Capsule body: red iron oxide (E172), yellow iron oxide (E172), titanium dioxide (E171), gelatin
What Strodros looks like and contents of the pack
Strodros is a gastro-resistant hard capsule. Each capsule of Strodros contains pellets of duloxetine
hydrochloride with a covering to protect them from stomach acid.
Strodros 20 mg capsules are hard opaque gelatin capsules of length approx. 14.3 mm with lightblue opaque body and light-blue opaque cap which contain off-white to light-brown-yellow
Strodros 40 mg capsules are hard opaque gelatin capsules of length approx. 18 mm with orange
opaque body and light-blue opaque cap which contain off-white to light-brown-yellow spherical
Strodros is available in packs of 14, 28, 56 and 98 capsules.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Zentiva, One Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4YS
B-dul. Theodor Pallady nr.50
Sector 3, Bucuresti 032266
This leaflet was last revised in October 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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