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VERAPAMIL TABLETS BP 40MG

Active substance(s): VERAPAMIL HYDROCHLORIDE

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Verapamil 40mg, 80mg, 120mg
and 160mg tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• 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. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.

Index
1 
What Verapamil tablets are and what
they are used for
2 
Before you take
3 
How to take
4 
Possible side effects
5 
How to store
6 Further information
1 What Verapamil tablets are and what they are used
for
Verapamil belongs to a group of medicines called calcium-channel
blockers which interfere with the electrical signals in the heart
muscle and blood vessels. It is used to:
• manage high blood pressure (hypertension), used alone or with
other drugs for high blood pressure.
• manage and prevent angina.
• treat and prevent certain types of abnormal heart beats.

2 Before you take

Do not take Verapamil tablets and tell your doctor if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to verapamil hydrochloride or any of
the other ingredients in Verapamil tablets (see section 6)
• have heart failure or severe problems with the impulses and
rhythms of the heart ( second or third degree atrioventricular
block or sick sinus syndrome) unless you have a pacemaker
• have heart failure and are taking beta blockers
• have recently suffered a heart attack
• suffer from a slow heart rate (bradycardia)
• have low blood pressure (hypotension)
• have Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (rapid heart rate
sometimes associated with dizziness or faintness).
• are already taking a medicine containing ivabradine for the
treatment of certain heart diseases

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Verapamil tablets if you:

• have had a heart attack or have problems with the impulses of
the heart (first degree atrioventricular block)
• have liver disease
• have kidney failure.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription. Especially:
• alpha or beta blockers (particularly important if having a beta
blocker by injection) and other drugs to treat high blood pressure
e.g. prazosin
• cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers)
• phenobarbital, carbamazepine or phenytoin
(to treat epilepsy)
• rifampicin (to treat infections)
• lithium (to treat depression)
• ciclosporin (to prevent organ transplant rejection)
• theophylline (to treat asthma)
• digoxin (to treat certain heart conditions)
• midazolam (used as sedative or anaesthetic)
• statins e.g. simvastatin, atorvastatin (to lower cholesterol levels)
• erythromycin, clarithromycin (to treat infections)
• aspirin (for pain, fever or to prevent blood clots)
• dabigatran (medicine to prevent the formation of blood clots)
• quinidine (to treat arrhythmias)
• colchicine (for gout)
• immunosupressants such as ciclosporin, sirolimus, everolimus and
tacrolimus (to prevent organ transplant rejection).
• dantrolene (to control muscle spasms)
• if you are about to receive surgery where an anaesthetic will be
used (including dentistry)

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.

Driving and using machines

Verapamil may make you feel drowsy, particularly when you
first start the treatment and when changing over from another
medicine. Make sure you are not affected before you drive or
operate machinery, especially if taken with alcohol

Alcohol

Verapamil may increase the amount of alcohol in the body and
the time it takes for alcohol to leave the body. You should avoid
excessive amounts of alcohol whilst taking Verapamil tablets.

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Important information about one of the ingredients in
Verapamil tablets

Each tablet contains sunset yellow aluminium lake (E110) which may cause
allergic reactions.

Surgery

You should tell your doctor you are taking Verapamil tablets if you are having
an operation or anaesthetic.

3 How to take

Always take Verapamil tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are
not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist

Grapefruit juice

Do not eat or drink products containing grapefruit juice whilst taking
verapamil, as grapefruit juice increases the effects of verapamil.
Swallow the tablets with water.
Doses:
Adults
• High blood pressure: Initially 120mg twice a day increasing to 160mg
twice a day. In some cases, up to a maximum of 480mg a day can be
taken in divided doses.
• Angina: Usually 120mg three times a day. For some patients 80mg three
times a day may be sufficient.
• Abnormal heart beats: 40-120mg three times a day.
Children
• Up to 2 years: 20mg two or three times a day.
• 2 years and over: 40-120mg two or three times a day.
Elderly with heart or liver problems: you may be given a different dose.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the same time, or
you think a child may have swallowed any contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. Overdose can lead to
low blood pressure and in rare cases heart failure.

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to
take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for the next
dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the right time.

If you stop taking the tablets

Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the tablets and follow their
advice.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Verapamil tablets can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor at once if any of the following symptoms occur:
• a llergic reaction: itching, rashes, difficulty breathing and swelling of the
face, lips or tongue
• p alpitations, chest pains for the first time or chest pains becoming more
frequent.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects, they get
worse or you notice any other effects not listed:
Nervous system – headaches, dizziness, ‘pins and needles’, involuntary
shaking or spasm
Ears – spinning sensation, ‘ringing in the ears’
Heart /blood vessels – fast, slow or irregular heart beat, low blood
pressure, flushing/reddening of the skin, swelling of the ankles, hands or
feet
Stomach – constipation, feeling or being sick, pain or discomfort in the
stomach, swelling of the gums
Skin – hair loss, skin rash or itching, discolouring, tingling or prickling
feeling, blisters, ulcers, numbness
Muscles – weakness, aches, pains in the joints and/or muscles
Reproductive system – impotence, enlarged breasts in men (reversible
when treatment is stopped)
Other – tiredness, liver problems which can be detected by blood tests
done by your doctor.
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:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.

5 How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use Verapamil tablets after the expiry date stated on the label/
carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist for safe disposal.

6 Further information
What Verapamil tablets contain

• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablets work) is
verapamil hydrochloride. Each tablet contains either 40mg, 80mg,
120mg or 160mg of the active substance.
• The other ingredients are croscarmellose sodium,
magnesium stearate, maize starch, propylene glycol, sunset
yellow aluminium lake (E110), quinoline yellow aluminium
lake (E104), titanium dioxide (E171), microcrystalline
cellulose (E460), hydroxypropylcellulose (E463),
methylhydroxypropylcellulose (E464),
purified talc (E553).
Warning: Sunset yellow aluminum lake (E110) can cause
allergic reactions.

What Verapamil tablets look like and contents of
the pack

Verapamil tablets are yellow, circular, biconvex, film-coated
tablets.
Pack sizes are 28, 56 and 84.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in March 2016

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Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

50892140 AAAI8330

148x210 Leaflet Reel Fed Profile (BST)

Verapamil All Strengths Tablets PIL UK
item no:
print proof no:

AAAI8330

dimensions: 148 x 210

2

pharmacode:

origination date: 2.3.16
approved for print/date

originated by:
revision date:

min pt size:

3.3.16

Actavis UK

JDE No.:

2.

Dimensions: 148x210 (Reel Fed)
Component: Leaflet for Blisters

3.
5.
6.

Technical Approval
date sent:

n/a

approved:

n/a

50892140

1. black

4.

8 pt

db

revised by:
supplier:

colours/plates:

Verapamil Tablets 40,80,120 &
160mg x 28, 56 & 84’s (UK)

Non Printing Colours
1. profile
2.
3.

*P
 lease note that only Actavis Global Artwork Studios are permitted to make changes to the above
artwork. No changes are permitted by any 3rd party other than added notes and mark ups for
required changes.

Pharmacode: 7839
Date Sent:
29/02/2016
Technologist: R.Wrey
Technically Approved
Actavis BST - Packing Technical
BSTCutterGuideReq@actavis.com

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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