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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 only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their signs of illness are 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 Urizide is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Urizide
3. How to take Urizide
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Urizide
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What is Urizide and what it is used for?
Urizide tablets contains active substance bendroflumethiazide which belongs to group of
medicines known as the thiazide diuretics. It may be used to:
 reduce fluid retention (oedema) particularly in the heart, kidneys, liver or that caused
by medication, by increasing the flow of urine
 reduces high blood pressure alone or with other medication
You must talk to your doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse
2. What you need to know before you take Urizide
Do not take Urizide Tablets:
 If you have ever had any unusual or allergic reactions to Bendroflumethiazide or
any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6) or other thiazide
 If you have severe liver or kidney problems
 If you have low blood levels of potassium or sodium
 If you have high blood levels of calcium
 or have had gout (high levels of uric acid in the blood), causing crystals to deposit in
joints of hands or feet causing pain (hyperuricaemia).
 Addison’s disease (syndrome due to low level of corticosteroid hormones secretion,
symptoms include weakness, loss of energy, low blood pressure and dark
pigmentation of the skin).
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Urizide if you have
 Kidney or liver disease
 Diabetes
 porphyria (an inherited iron disorder) or have gout (increased serum levels of uric acid)

 have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (an inflammatory disease which causes joint pain,
weight loss, skin rashes and fever)
 blood related diseases or inflammation of pancreasLiver disease caused by alcohol
(alcoholic cirrhosis)
 An intolerance to some sugars, including lactose
 If you are receiving digitalis treatment.
 Patients taking pimozide or thioridazine
Other Medicines and Urizide Tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines
even medicines bought without prescription. Check with your doctor if you are taking:
 Allopurinol (to treat gout)
 Carbenoxolone (used to treat stomach ulcers)
 Medicines to treat high blood pressure, heart disease or chest pain such as captopril,
enalapril (ACE inhibitors), doxazosin, prazosin (alpha-blockers), candesartan, losartan
(angiotensin-II receptor antagonists), propranolol, atenolol (beta-blockers), amlodipine,
moxisylyte (calcium-channel blockers), glyceryl trinitrate,isosorbide mononitrate
(nitrates) or digoxin
 Anti-arrhythmic medicines such as disopyramide, amiodarone, quinidine, lidocaine,
mexiletine or flecainide (to treat irregular heart beat)Colestipol and colestyramine (used
to lower cholesterol)
 Alprostadil (for problems maintaining an erection)
 Levodopa (to treat parkinson’s disease)
 Carbamazepine (to control epilepsy)
 Lithium or medicines for mental health problems such as sertindole, pimozide or
 Medicines for depression such as reboxetine, tricyclic antidepressants or monoamine
oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
 Medicines known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example aspirin,
ibuprofen, indometacin and ketorolac), used to treat pain and inflammation
 Aldesleukin, amino-glutethimide, cisplatin and toremifene (anti-cancer drugs)
 Oestrogens (female hormone treatment / contraceptive)
 Antidiabetics (to reduce blood sugar levels), such as sulfonylureas
 Acetazolamide (to treat glaucoma)
 Amphotericin (to treat fungal infections)
 muscle relaxants such as baclofen or tizanidine, tubocurarine, gallamine, lcuronium
or pancuronium
 Theophylline and sympathomimetics (for asthma)
 Corticosteroids such as prednisolone (for treatment of inflammation or allergies) and
 Vitamin D and calcium salts
 Patients taking pimozide or thioridazine

Urizide with food, drink and Alcohol
Alcohol should be avoided when taking this medicine
Pregnancy, breast feeding and fertility
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 Urizide
Urizide should be avoided during pregnancy, as there is not sufficient evidence of its safety.
Because Urizide passes into the breast milk it should be avoided in mothers who wish to
Newborn infants whose mothers have taken Urizide during pregnancy may suffer from a

blood condition known as thrombocytopenia.
Driving and using machines
Urizide tablets can cause dizziness, you should ensure you are not affected before
attempting to drive or operate machinery.
Urizide tablets contains lactose
If you know you have an intolerance to lactose or other sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.

During treatment with bendroflumethiazide tablets, your doctor may want to monitor your
kidney function. If you are elderly or on long term treatment with bendroflumethiazide tablets,
your doctor may want to monitor the level of chemicals in your body, by carrying out tests.

3. How to take Urizide tablets
Always take Urizide exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not
Take this medicine by mouth and only in the doses prescribed by your doctor. Do not
take more of it, and do not take it more often or for a longer time than your doctor
ordered. You may be prescribed the lowest dose necessary to control your symptoms.
Swallow the tablets with water in the morning (to avoid frequent urination at night).
If you are elderly and/or on long term treatment, you will need regular blood tests, in
particular for blood potassium levels.
Recommended doses
Adults and children 12 years and over:
Oedema: 5 mg given orally once daily, or on alternate days in the morning. This dose can
be increased to 10 mg if required.
Maintenance dose: 2.5-10 mg two or three times weekly.
Essential hypertension (high blood pressure): 2.5 - 5 mg once daily in the morning. Your
doctor may prescribe a higher dose if necessary.
Children under 12 years: Initially 400 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, a day. The
maintenance dose is 50-100 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, a day.
A more appropriate formulation may need to be used.
Elderly: Particular caution is needed in the elderly, as they are more susceptible to the
side effects. Your doctor may prescribe a reduced dose, especially if you suffer from
kidney failure.

If you take more Urizide Tablets than you should
If you accidentally take more tablets than recommended contact your nearest doctor or
hospital casualty department at once. Take any remaining tablets with you and keep in
the original container or packaging so that they can be identified.
Symptoms of an overdose can include feeling or being sick, diarrhoea, dehydration,
dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, increased frequency and volume of urination, thirst,
decreased volumes within blood vessels, low blood pressure, circulation problems, low
blood levels of potassium and sodium, low blood sugar levels and central nervous system

depression (drowsiness, tiredness or coma).
If you forget to take Urizide
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at
the right time. Do not take double dose to make for forgotten dose
If you feel that this medicine is not working as well after you have taken it for a short time
(1-2 weeks) do not increase the dose, instead check with your doctor.
4. Possible Side effects
Like all medicines, Urizide can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you get any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Urizide and tell your doctor or
go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately:
 An allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) which may cause skin rashes, itching,
sensitivity to sunlight, a viral infection of the lungs (pneumonitis) or fluid in the lungs
(pulmonary oedema)
 Blood disorders which may cause you to have unexplained bleeding, bruising,
nosebleeds, infections, excessive tiredness, breathlessness on exertion or abnormal
paleness of the skin, you should tell your doctor who may want you to have a blood test
The following side effects may be experienced:
 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach irritation
 Some patients may experience impotence (inability to perform the sexual function). This
is reversible upon stopping treatment.
 Inflammation of the pancreas may occur, which causes severe pain in the abdomen and
 In some patients there is an increase in uric acid levels in the blood, with or without the
development of gout.
 A fall in blood pressure when changing from a lying or sitting position to a standing
up position, (postural hypotension), which causes dizziness, light-headedness or fainting
 A decrease in blood levels of potassium, which may cause increased frequency and
volume of urination, a feeling discomfort or unease, muscle weakness or cramp,
dizziness, feeling or being sick and loss of appetite
 A decrease in blood levels of sodium or magnesium
 An increase in blood levels of calcium
 An increase in blood sugar levels and worsening of diabetes
 Low blood levels of chloride ions with increased alkalinity in the body (hypochloraemic
 Decreased carbohydrate tolerance
 Altered concentration of lipids (fats)
 Blockage within the liver, which causes itching, yellowing of the skin or whites of the
eyes (jaundice), dark urine and pale stools
 Liver disorder
Reporting of Side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, 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:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this

5. How to Store Urizide
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the container tightly closed in order to protect from moisture.
Store in the original container in order to protect from light.
Do not use the tablets after the expiry date, which is stated on the carton and blister packs.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
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 to protect the
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Urizide Tablet contains
The active substance is Bendroflumethiazide. Each tablets contains 2.5 mg and 5 mg of
The other ingredients are lactose, maize starch, pregelatinised starch, sodium starch
glycollate, magnesium stearate.
What Urizide looks like and contents of the pack
2.5 mg Tablets are white, round and plain tablets and approx. 5.5 mm in diameter.
5 mg Tablets are white, round and plain tablets and approx. 6.5 mm in diameter.
Urizide is available in tablets in strengths of 2.5 mg and 5 mg, and in pack sizes of 28,
30, 50, 56, 60, 84, 100, 250,500 and 1000.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Chelonia Healthcare Limited
11 Boumpoulinas, 3rd Floor Nicosia, P.C. 1060, Cyprus
DDSA Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Chatfield Road, Off York Road, London
SW11 3SE
Meridian Healthcare (UK) Ltd., Rich Industrial Estate, Chatfield
Road, off York Road, Battersea,
London SW11 3SE
PL numbers: 33414/0012 and 33414/0013
This leaflet was revised in July 2016

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