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Information for Consumers

Revised: 11 June 2015

Consumer Medicine Information

NAPAMIDE™

indapamide hemihydrate 2.5 mg tablets

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some of the common questions about NAPAMIDE tablets.

It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits.

Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking NAPAMIDE tablets against the benefits the medicine is expected to have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.

What NAPAMIDE is used for

NAPAMIDE tablets are used to treat mild to moderate hypertension (high blood pressure).

NAPAMIDE allows the heart muscle and surrounding bloods vessels to relax more fully and hence carry the same volume of blood more easily. It can be used alone or in combination with other medicines to lower blood pressure.

Your doctor, however, may prescribe NAPAMIDE tablets for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why NAPAMIDE Tablets have been prescribed for you.

This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.

There is no evidence that NAPAMIDE tablets are addictive.

Before you take NAPAMIDE

When you must not take NAPAMIDE tablets.

Do not take NAPAMIDE tablets if:

  1. you have ever had an allergic reaction to :
    • medicines containing indapamide hemihydrate.
    • medicines containing other sulphonamide-derived agents.
    • any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
  2. you have severe kidney failure or liver disease.
  3. you are taking lithium, as NAPAMIDE can increase the side effects caused by lithium.
  4. you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless in your doctor's opinion the benefits of treatment outweigh the potential risk to the child. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you if you are concerned.

If you are not sure whether you should be taking NAPAMIDE tablets, talk to your doctor.

Do not take NAPAMIDE tablets if:

Do not give NAPAMIDE tablets to children.

Before you start to take NAPAMIDE tablets you must tell your doctor if:

If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking NAPAMIDE tablets.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

There may be interference between NAPAMIDE tablets and some other medicines, including:

How to take NAPAMIDE tablets

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How to take it

Swallow the prescribed dose of NAPAMIDE tablets whole with a full glass of water.

When to take it

NAPAMIDE tablets may be taken either before or after food.

How long to take it

Continue taking NAPAMIDE tablets for as long as your doctor instructs you to do so.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then continue taking it as you would normally.

Do not double a dose to make up for the one you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering your dose, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (0800 POISON or 0800 764 766) for advice, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too many NAPAMIDE tablets. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep telephone numbers of these places/services handy.

If you take too many NAPAMIDE tablets, you may suffer nausea, vomiting, weakness, stomach upsets, electrolyte imbalance, reduced breathing, fainting or dizziness.

While you are taking NAPAMIDE

Things you must do

If you become pregnant while you are taking NAPAMIDE tablets, tell your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you feel the tablets are not helping your condition.

Be sure to keep all your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked and any tests carried out.

If you are about to start taking a new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking NAPAMIDE tablets.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking your tablets because you are feeling better, unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Do not give NAPAMIDE tablets to anyone else even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful of driving or operating machinery until you know how NAPAMIDE tablets affect you.

NAPAMIDE tablets may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery if NAPAMIDE tablets affect you in this way.

Be careful getting up from a lying or sitting position. Get up slowly, getting up too fast may cause a feeling of light-headedness, dizziness or fainting.

Make sure you drink plenty of water in hot weather and during exercise, especially if you are sweating a lot. Not drinking enough water could cause a sudden drop in blood pressure.

Side effects

Check with your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you have any problems while you are taking NAPAMIDE tablets, even if you do not think that the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.

Like all medicines, NAPAMIDE tablets can cause side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

While you are taking NAPAMIDE tablets

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

NAPAMIDE can cause an imbalance of the electrolyte (salt) levels in the blood. This is more likely if you are vomiting a lot, are on a drip, have heart failure, poor kidney or liver function, or are on a salt restricted diet. If you suffer from a dry mouth, thirst, weakness, fatigue, lethargy, drowsiness, restlessness, muscle pains or cramps, low blood pressure, low urine output, stomach upsets, nausea or irregular heartbeat, see your doctor.

If you are on long-term therapy with NAPAMIDE Tablets, ensure the electrolytes in your blood are monitored regularly by your doctor.

Tell your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest Casualty or Accident and Emergency Department at your local hospital if you notice any of the following:

NAPAMIDE tablets may cause side effects other than those listed above. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using NAPAMIDE

Storage

Keep NAPAMIDE tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.

Do not store NAPAMIDE tablets or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave NAPAMIDE tablets in the car or on windowsills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep NAPAMIDE tablets where children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Disposal

Tell your doctor if you stop taking the tablets or the tablets have passed their expiry date. Ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.

Product Description

What NAPAMIDE tablets look like

Circular, pink, biconvex, film-coated tablets of 6.4mm diameter embossed "n" on one side.

NAPAMIDE comes in:

Other Ingredients

Other ingredients of the tablets are: Lactose, Maize cornflour, Microcrystalline cellulose, Sodium lauryl sulphate, Magnesium stearate, Opadry pink OY-6925 and Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose.

New Zealand Supplier

Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Central Park Drive
Lincoln
Auckland 1008

Date of Preparation: 2nd February 2004

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