Accuretic 10/12.5 Tablets
Package leaflet: Information for the user
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for
• Accuretic is a treatment for high blood pressure.
• You should take Accuretic regularly to get the maximum benefit, even if you are feeling well.
• 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. Most people do not have serious problems when taking Accuretic but side effects can occur. If you experience swelling of the face, tongue or throat, see your doctor immediately.
• Taking other medicines may sometimes cause problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this or any other medicines.
• If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or are of child bearing potential and not using adequate contraception, do not take Accuretic and tell your doctor.
• 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.
The name of your medicine is Accuretic 10/12.5 Tablets but will be referred to as Accuretic throughout this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Accuretic is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Accuretic
3. How to take Accuretic
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Accuretic
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Accuretic is used to treat high blood pressure.
Accuretic contains the active ingredients quinapril and HCTZ. Quinapril belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors work by widening blood vessels in the body, which can help to reduce the pressure in the vessels.
HCTZ belongs to a group of medicines called diuretics. Diuretics help the body to get rid of extra fluid and are used in patients with high blood pressure. Because they get rid of fluid diuretics are sometimes called ‘water tablets'.
You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
• If you are allergic to quinapril, hydrochlorothiazide, any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6), similar drugs or to a group of antibiotics called sulphonamides.
• If you are more than 3 months pregnant. It is also better to avoid Accuretic in early pregnancy - see ‘Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility' section.
• If you have kidney disease or are experiencing problems passing water (anuria).
• If you have an obstruction in your heart that slows blood in the heart.
• If you have hereditary (inherited)/idiopathic (unknown cause) angioneurotic oedema (a swelling of the face, tongue or throat which causes difficulty breathing).
• If you have a history of angioedema relating to previous treatment with an ACE inhibitor.
• If you have diabetes or impaired kidney function and you are treated with a blood pressure lowering medicine containing aliskiren.
• Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Accuretic if:
• You have aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel from the heart).
• You have kidney disease or use a haemodialysis machine (an artificial kidney).
• You have liver disease.
• You have heart disease or heart failure.
• You are elderly.
• You are of African-Caribbean ethnic origin.
• You have collagen vascular disease (deposits of collagen in your blood vessels).
• You are having, or about to have, low density lipoprotein apheresis treatment (removal of cholesterol from your blood by machine).
• You suffer from allergies or asthma.
• You are having, or about to have desensitisation treatment, i.e. to reduce the effects of an allergy to a bee or wasp sting.
• You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Accuretic is not recommended in early pregnancy, and must not be taken if you are more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used at that stage (see ‘Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility’ section).
• You are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding.
• You have diabetes or gout.
• You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) an allergic condition which causes joint pain, skin rashes and fever.
• You have a salt or electrolyte imbalance in your blood (e.g. sodium or potassium), your doctor may want to monitor you more closely.
• You experience visual disturbances and increased pressure in the eye. Symptoms of increased pressure in the eye are intense pain, redness of the eye, headaches, tender eye area, misty vision and loss of vision.
If this is not treated, it can lead to permanent loss of vision.
• You are taking any of the following medicines used to treat high blood pressure:
- an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARBs) (also known as sartans - for example valsartan, telmisartan, irbesartan), in particular if you have diabetes-related kidney problems.
Your doctor may check your kidney function, blood pressure and the amount of electrolytes (e.g. potassium) in your blood at regular intervals.
See also information under the heading ‘Do not take Accuretic'.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. There are some medicines that may interact with Accuretic. Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to take other precautions:
• Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) or aliskiren (see also information under the headings ‘Do not take Accuretic' and ‘Warnings and precautions').
• Other blood pressure treatments and diuretics (including aliskiren and water tablets).
• Medicines to treat infections called tetracyclines.
• Antibiotics like Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim.
• Potassium supplements (this includes salt substitutes which often contain potassium).
• Lithium (used to treat depression).
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain killers (including aspirin or ibuprofen).
• Corticosteroids (including hydrocortisone, dexamethasone or prednisolone) and ACTH (tetracosactide) or drugs known to reduce the amount of potassium in the blood.
• Procainamide (used to correct irregular heart beats), cytostatic drugs (cancer therapy), immunosuppressants (for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis), allopurinol, uricosurics and xanthine oxidase inhibitors (for the treatment of chronic gout).
• Indigestion and heartburn medicines (antacids).
• Medicines that have a sedative effect. This includes alcoholic drinks and sleeping pills.
• Medicines to treat diabetes (including vildagliptin).
• Digitalis glycosides (for example digoxin, for the treatment of heart problems).
• mTOR inhibitors used to treat kidney cancer (including temsirolimus).
Remember to tell any medical staff that you are taking Accuretic. This is important if you go into hospital for an operation as your anaesthetist will want to know.
Accuretic may affect the results of some laboratory tests. Tell your doctor or hospital you are taking Accuretic if you need to have any tests carried out by your doctor or in hospital.
See section 3 ‘How to take Accuretic'.
• Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Accuretic before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise you to take another medicine instead of Accuretic. Accuretic is not recommended during pregnancy, and must not be taken when more than 3 months pregnant, as it may cause serious harm to your baby if used after the third month of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or about to start breast-feeding. Accuretic is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding.
Your tablets may affect your ability to drive or operate machines safely. They may make you feel dizzy or weary. If affected, do not drive or operate machines and contact your doctor immediately.
Accuretic contains lactose monohydrate
Lactose monohydrate is a type of sugar, if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Do not wait until your tablets are finished before seeing your doctor.
The usual dose of Accuretic is one tablet each day. Your doctor may increase the dose to two tablets which may be taken together once a day or may be taken separately, one tablet in the morning and one in the evening. Accuretic can be taken with or without food.
Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not chew, divide or crush the tablets.
Use in children and adolescents
Accuretic should not be used in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
If you take more Accuretic than you should
Taking too many tablets at once may make you unwell. If you take too many Accuretic tablets, tell your doctor or go to your nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
If you forget to take Accuretic
Do not worry. If you forget to take a dose, miss out the forgotten dose completely and take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Accuretic
Do not stop taking your tablets or alter the dose you are currently taking without seeing your doctor first. It is important to keep taking your tablets. They help to control your blood pressure.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP taking Accuretic and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms as they can be serious.
• Severe allergic (anaphylactoid) reaction to this medicine such as swelling of the face, tongue and throat which cause great difficulty breathing (angioedema).
• Severe abdominal pain causing you to be sick (intestinal angioedema).
• Severe chest pain, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing or trouble breathing, irregular or strong heart beat (palpitations). These symptoms may be due to heart attack or angina.
• Weakness of arms, legs or problems speaking which may be symptoms of a possible stroke.
• Intense skin rash including hives, severe itching, blistering, peeling and swelling of the skin, inflammation of mucous membranes (Stevens Johnson Syndrome).
• Feeling faint, particularly when standing; this may mean your blood pressure is too low (hypotension). This is more likely to occur if you have been taking diuretics (water tablets), other blood pressure medication in addition to Accuretic, alcohol, or if you are dehydrated or are on dialysis. If you feel light-headed or faint, lie down until this feeling passes.
• Severe sore throat or severe mouth ulcers, particularly if you suffer from kidney problems or collagen vascular disease. You may not have enough of certain white blood cells (neutropenia/agranulocytosis) which may lead to increased risk of infection or fever.
• Severe abdominal and back pain accompanied with feeling very unwell (pancreatitis).
• Yellowing of the skin or the eyes (jaundice).
The following side effects have also been reported in patients with high blood pressure being treated with Accuretic. If any of these side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.
Common side effects: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• diarrhoea, indigestion, mild stomach pain, feeling or being sick
• dizziness, headache, tiredness, feeling weak, sleepiness or sleeplessness
• painful muscles, muscle weakness, back pain
• high levels of uric acid in your blood causing swollen, painful joints (gout)
• coughing, bronchitis
• nose or throat infections, nasal stuffiness and/or runny nose (rhinitis)
• widening of blood vessels
Uncommon side effects: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
• kidney and urinary problems, urinary tract infection
• numbness or tingling sensation in your limbs, aching joints
• depression, nervousness, confusion
• ringing or noise in the ears
• lazy eye
• feeling of spinning or rotation of surroundings (vertigo)
• fainting, low blood pressure
• dry mouth, or throat, taste disturbances
• fluid retention in the body
• inflammation of your sinuses (sinusitis)
• increased sweating, feeling hot (fever)
• hair loss, itching, sensitivity of skin to light
• failure/inability to achieve penile erection
• viral infection
Rare side effects: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
• problems with balance
• inflammation of the lungs which can cause breathlessness, cough and raised temperature
• inflammation of the tongue
• inflammation of blood vessels
• swelling of the hands, face and tongue (angioedema)
Very rare side effects: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
• obstruction of the digestive system (bowel)
• blurred vision
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
• skin discolouration
• decreased numbers of white blood cells or decrease in blood platelets which may result in bruising or easy bleeding, low numbers of red blood cells (anaemia)
• bleeding from blood vessels in the brain
• narrowing of the airways in the lungs (bronchospasm)
• liver inflammation (hepatitis)
• acute closure glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
Accuretic may cause certain changes in your blood and your doctor may do blood tests to monitor this. If you notice bruising, feeling very tired or if you are diabetic and notice your sugar levels rising let your doctor know so blood tests can be arranged if necessary.
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 at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original pack.
Do not take the medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton label or blister strip after ‘Exp'. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any signs of deterioration, seek the advice of your pharmacist. Remember if your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine, return any unused tablets to your pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep this medicine if your doctor tells you to.
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.
What Accuretic contains:
The active ingredient in Accuretic is quinapril (as the hydrochloride) and hydrochlorothiazide.
Each film-coated tablet.contains 10mg quinapril (as the hydrochloride) and 12.5mg hydrochlorothiazide
The other ingredients are Magnesium carbonate, lactose monohydrate, crospovidone, povidone, magnesium stearate, Opadry Pink OY-S-6937 and candelilla wax.
What Accuretic looks like and contents of the pack
Accuretic is pink, oval, film-coated tablet marked with a breakline on each side.
Each calendar blister pack contains 28 tablets. Manufactured by: Godecke GmbH, Freiburg, Germany.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder: B&S Healthcare, Unit 4,
Bradfield Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 0NU, UK.
Accuretic® 10/12.5 Tablets
Leaflet date: 26.04.2016
ACCURETIC is a registered trademark of PARKE, DAVIS & COMPANY LLC