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3. HOW TO TAKE VISKALDIX TABLETS
Always take Viskaldix exactly as your doctor instructed you.
You should check with your pharmacist or doctor if you are
Pindolol & Clopamide
Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you start taking this
Please keep this leaflet. You may
need to read it again.
If you have any further
questions, ask your doctor
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 any of the side effects becomes severe, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Viskaldix Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Viskaldix Tablets
3. How to take Viskaldix Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Viskaldix Tablets
6. Further information
1. WHAT VISKALDIX TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY
ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Viskaldix Tablets.
Viskaldix contains the active ingredients pindolol and
Pindolol belongs to a group of medicines called beta blockers
and clopamide belongs to a group of medicines called
diuretics (water tablets).
Viskaldix is used to treat moderately high blood pressure
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE VISKALDIX TABLETS
Do not take Viskaldix Tablets if you:
• are allergic to pindolol or clopamide or any of the
other ingredients of Viskaldix (allergic reactions include
mild symptoms such as itching and/or rash. More
severe symptoms include swelling of the face, lips,
tongue and/or throat with difficulty in swallowing
• have a history of asthma or wheezing attacks;
• have any heart problems (e.g. heart failure, heart disease);
• have an untreated tumour of the adrenal gland
• have any heart rhythm disorders (sick-sinus syndrome);
• have a very low pulse rate (less than 50 beats per minute);
• have Prinzmetal’s angina (a specific type of chest pain);
• have high levels of acid in your blood (metabolic acidosis);
• have low levels of sodium or potassium in your blood;
• have high levels of calcium in your blood;
• have Addison’s disease (a hormone deficiency which
affects the adrenal glands);
• have severe kidney or liver problems;
• have symptomatic hyperuricaemia (a condition where
there is an elevated level of uric acid in the blood stream);
• are taking a medicine which belongs to a group of medicines
called calcium channel blockers (e.g. verapamil)
The usual dose is:
One tablet daily taken in the morning.
No more than three tablets should be taken in one day.
are diabetic and taking insulin or any other anti-diabetic drugs;
have ever had a serious allergic reaction (e.g. abnormal
sensitivity to insect bites or stings, severe eczema,
have gout (a condition which causes pain, swelling and
inflammation of one or more joints).
If you are going to have a general anaesthetic, you should
tell the doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking Viskaldix,
as your treatment might need to be stopped a few days before
If any of the above applies to you, or if you are not sure, please
tell your doctor before taking Viskaldix.
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.
This is especially important if you are taking:
• any calcium channel blockers (used to treat high blood
pressure and angina) (e.g. verapamil, nifedipine);
• any barbiturates (e.g. phenobarbitone);
• any other medicines for high blood pressure (hypertension);
• a medicine which belongs to a group of medicines called
sympathomimetics (e.g. phenylephrine);
or if you are taking any medicines for:
• problems such as depression or mental illness (lithium,
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tri-cyclic
• heart failure (e.g. digoxin);
• an irregular heart beat (e.g. Iidocaine, amiodarone,
• diabetes (e.g. insulin or other sugar lowering
• stomach ulcers (e.g. cimetidine);
• relief of pain (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or other
medicines known as non steroidal anti-inflammatory
Taking Viskaldix with food and drink
It is advisable not to drink alcohol whilst taking Viskaldix as it
may increase the effect of your medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Viskaldix if you are pregnant, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or if you are
Viskaldix is not recommended for use in children.
Driving and using machines
You can drive while being treated with Viskaldix but do not
drive until you know how it affects you. It may make you feel
dizzy. If it affects you in this way, do not drive or operate any
Take special care with Viskaldix if you:
• have heart disease;
• have recently had a heart attack;
• have a history of lung problems (e.g. chronic obstructive
Important information about some of the ingredients of
Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you have been
told that you have an intolerance to some sugars. This is
because Viskaldix Tablets contain lactose, a type of sugar.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not chew
If you take more Viskaldix than you should
If you take more Viskaldix than you should, contact your doctor
or nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
Take the container and any remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Viskaldix
If you forget to take a dose, just take the next dose at the usual
time. DO NOT take a double dose.
If you stop taking Viskaldix
Ask your doctor before stopping treatment with Viskaldix, as
treatment should be reduced gradually over several days
and you must be monitored carefully by your doctor.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Viskaldix can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
If you notice:
• Itching or skin rashes;
• Difficulty in breathing or wheeziness;
Stop taking the medicine and seek medical advice
immediately. These may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Other side effects may include:
• mood changes
• heart failure
• low blood pressure
• cold, blue hands and feet (Raynaud’s phenomena)
• pins and needles, numbness or tingling of hands and feet
• worsening of existing pain in legs (intermittent claudication)
• feeling sick or being sick
• worsening of any existing lung problems such as
• difficulty sleeping
• a very slow pulse (less than 50 beats per minute)
• problems with vision
• seeing things that aren’t there
• skin rash
• dry eyes
increased levels of proteins found in the blood vessels
called anti-nuclear antibodies
low blood pressure when you stand up (which causes
dizziness and fainting)
low levels of potassium in the blood (which can cause
muscle weakness, muscle twitching or abnormal heartbeat)
low levels of magnesium in the blood
low levels of sodium in the blood
low levels of chloride in the blood
increased levels of calcium in the blood
increased levels of uric acid in the blood
gout (a condition which causes pain, swelling and
inflammation of one or more joints)
increased blood sugar levels
Less common side effects include:
• skin rashes
• sensitivity to light
• low levels of neutrophils in the blood (neutropenia)
• reduction in blood platelets which increases the risk
of bruising or bleeding
• inflammation of the pancreas which causes severe
stomach and back pain
• a build up of bile in the liver
Viskaldix may hide the symptoms of low blood sugar levels
or an over active thyroid gland.
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If any of the side effects becomes severe, or if you notice
any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor
or pharmacist immediately.
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5. HOW TO STORE VISKALDIX TABLETS
Do not take Viskaldix Tablets after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton.
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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.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Viskaldix Tablets contain
Each Viskaldix Tablet contains the active ingredients 10 mg
pindolol and 5 mg clopamide.
The other ingredients are: magnesium stearate, maize starch
What Viskaldix Tablets look like and the contents of the pack
White, uncoated, round, flat, bevelled tablets, marked
VISKALDIX on one side and with a score line on the other.
The score line is only to facilitate breaking for ease of
swallowing and not to divide into equal doses.
They are packed in foil blister packs and are available in
cartons of 28 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Amdipharm UK Limited,
Miles Gray Road,
Basildon, Essex. SS14 3AF.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2013
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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