Tanydon 40mg Film-Coated Tablet
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 the 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 Tanydon is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Tanydon
3. How to take T any don
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Tanydon
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Tanydon belongs to a class of medicines known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin II is a substance produced in your body which causes your blood vessels to narrow, thus increasing your blood pressure. Tanydon blocks the effect of angiotensin II so that the blood vessels relax, and your blood pressure is lowered.
Tanydon is used to treat essential hypertension (high blood pressure) in adults. ‘Essential’ means that the high blood pressure is not caused by any other condition.
High blood pressure, if not treated, can damage blood vessels in several organs, which could lead sometimes to heart attack, heart or kidney failure, stroke, or blindness. There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure before damage occurs. Thus it is important to regularly measure blood pressure to verify if it is within the normal range.
Tanydon is also used to reduce cardiovascular events (i.e. heart attack or stroke) in adults who are at risk because they have a reduced or blocked blood supply to the heart or legs, or have had a stroke or have high risk diabetes. Your doctor can tell you if you are at high risk for such events.
Do not take Tanydon
- If you are allergic to telmisartan or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
- If you are more than 3 months pregnant. (It is also better to avoid Tanydon in early pregnancy - see pregnancy section.)
- If you have severe liver problems such as cholestasis or biliary obstruction (problems with the drainage of the bile from the liver and gall bladder) or any other severe liver disease.
- If you have diabetes or impaired kidney function and you are treated with a blood pressure lowering medicine containing aliskiren.
If any of the above applies to you, tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking Tanydon.
Talk to your doctor before taking Tanydon if you are suffering or have ever suffered from any of the following conditions or illnesses:
- Kidney disease or kidney transplant
- Renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels to one or both kidneys)
- Liver disease
- Heart trouble
- Raised aldosterone levels (water and salt retention in the body along with imbalance of various blood minerals)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension), likely to occur if you are dehydrated (excessive loss of body water) or have salt deficiency due to diuretic therapy ('water tablets'), low-salt diet, diarrhoea, or vomiting
- Elevated potassium levels in your blood
Talk to your doctor before taking Tanydon
- if you are taking any of the following medicines used to treat high blood pressure:
- an ACE-inhibitor (for example enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril), 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 Tanydon”.
- if you are taking digoxin.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Tanydon 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 section).
In case of surgery or anaesthesia, you should tell your doctor that you are taking Tanydon.
Tanydon may be less effective in lowering the blood pressure in black patients.
The use of Tanydon in children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years is not recommended.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Your doctor may need to change the dose of these other medicines or take other precautions. In some cases you may have to stop taking one of the medicines. This applies especially to the medicines listed below taken at the same time with Tanydon:
- Lithium containing medicines to treat some types of depression.
- Medicines that may increase blood potassium levels such as salt substitutes containing potassium, potassium-sparing diuretics (certain 'water tablets'), ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen), heparin, immunosuppressives (e.g. cyclosporin or tacrolimus), and the antibiotic trimethoprim.
- Diuretics ('water tablets'), especially if taken in high doses together with Tanydon may lead to excessive loss of body water and low blood pressure (hypotension).
- If you are taking an ACE-inhibitor or aliskiren (see also information under the headings “Do not take Tanydon” and “Warnings and precautions”)
The effect of Tanydon may be reduced when you take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines,
e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen) or corticosteroids.
Tanydon may increase the blood pressure lowering effect of other medicines used to treat high blood pressure or of medicines with blood pressure lowering potential (e.g. baclofen, amifostine). Furthermore, low blood pressure may be aggravated by alcohol, barbiturates, narcotics or antidepressants. You may notice this as dizziness when standing up. You should consult with your doctor if you need to adjust the dose of your other medicine while taking Tanydon.
You can take Tanydon with or without food.
You must tell your doctor if you think you are (or might become) pregnant. Your doctor will normally advise you to stop taking Tanydon before you become pregnant or as soon as you know you are pregnant and will advise you to take another medicine instead of Tanydon. Tanydon is not recommended in early 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. Tanydon is not recommended for mothers who are breast-feeding, and your doctor may choose another treatment for you if you wish to breast-feed, especially if your baby is newborn, or was born prematurely.
Some people feel dizzy or tired when taking Tanydon. If you feel dizzy or tired, do not drive or operate machinery.
Tanydon contains lactose
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 has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose of Tanydon is one tablet a day. Try to take the tablet at the same time each day. You can take Tanydon with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed with some water or other nonalcoholic drink. It is important that you take Tanydon every day until your doctor tells you otherwise. If you have the impression that the effect of Tanydon is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
For treatment of high blood pressure, the usual dose of Tanydon for most patients is one 40 mg tablet once a day to control blood pressure over the 24-hour period. However sometimes your doctor may recommend a lower dose of 20 mg or a higher dose of 80 mg. Tanydon 20 mg film-coated tablet is currently not available and the 20 mg dose cannot be obtained with Tanydon 40 mg film-coated tablet as these tablets are not manufactured to break into two equal halves. Tanydon may also be used in combination with diuretics ('water tablets') such as hydrochlorothiazide which has been shown to have an additive blood pressure lowering effect with Tanydon.
For reduction of cardiovascular events, the usual dose of Tanydon is one 80 mg tablet once a day. At the beginning of the preventive therapy with Tanydon 80 mg, blood pressure should be frequently monitored.
If your liver is not working properly, the usual dose should not exceed 40 mg once daily.
If you accidentally take too many tablets, contact your doctor, pharmacist, or your nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry. Take it as soon as you remember then carry on as before. If you do not take your tablet on one day, take your normal dose on the next day. Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten individual doses.
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.
Some side effects can be serious and need immediate medical attention:
You should see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Sepsis1 (often called "blood poisoning", is a severe infection with whole-body inflammatory response), rapid swelling of the skin and mucosa (angioedema); these side effects are rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) but are extremely serious and patients should stop taking the medicine and see their doctor immediately. If these effects are not treated they could be fatal.
Possible side effects of Tanydon:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in10 people):
Low blood pressure (hypotension) in users treated for reduction of cardiovascular events.
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections (e.g. sore throat, inflamed sinuses, common cold), deficiency in red blood cells (anaemia), high potassium levels, difficulty falling asleep, feeling sad (depression), fainting (syncope), feeling of spinning (vertigo), slow heart rate (bradycardia), low blood pressure (hypotension), in users treated for high blood pressure, dizziness on standing up (orthostatic hypotension), shortness of breath, cough, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, discomfort in the abdomen, bloating, vomiting, itching, increased sweating, drug rash, back pain, muscle cramps, muscle pain (myalgia), kidney impairment including acute kidney failure, pain in the chest, feeling of weakness and increased level of creatinine in the blood.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Sepsis1 (often called "blood poisoning", is a severe infection with whole-body inflammatory response which can lead to death), increase in certain white blood cells (eosinophilia), low platelet count (thrombocytopenia), severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction), allergic reaction (e.g. rash, itching, difficulty breathing, wheezing, swelling of the face or low blood pressure), low blood sugar levels (in diabetic patients), feeling anxious, somnolence, impaired vision, fast heart beat (tachycardia), dry mouth, upset stomach, taste disturbance (dysgeusia), abnormal liver function (Japanese patients are more likely to experience these side effect), rapid swelling of the skin and mucosa which can also lead to death (angioedema also with fatal outcome), eczema (a skin disorder), redness of skin, hives (urticaria), severe drug rash, joint pain (arthralgia), pain in extremity, tendon pain, flu-like-illness, decreased haemoglobin (a blood protein), increased levels of uric acid, increased hepatic enzymes or creatine phosphokinase in the blood.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
Progressive scarring of lung tissue (interstitial lung disease)2.
not known whether telmisartan was the cause.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme. Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
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 protect the environment.
- The active substance is telmisartan, each tablet contains 40mg/80mg telmisartan.
- The other ingredients are:
Sodium Hydroxide Povidone (K-25)
Ferric oxide yellow (E172)
The film-coating contains:
Hypromellose Titanium Dioxide (E171)
Ferric oxide yellow (E172)
What Tanydon looks like and contents of the pack
Tanydon are yellow, capsule shaped film coated tablets with ‘40’ engraved on one side and ‘T’ engraved on the other side.
Tanydon are yellow, capsule shaped film coated tablets with ‘80’ engraved on one side and ‘T’ engraved on the other side.
Tanydon is available in blister packs containing 14, 15, 28, 30, 56, 60, 90 or 98 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed in your country.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Gedeon Richter Plc.
Gyomroi ut 19-21,
1103 Budapest Hungary
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals s.r.o.
Address for communication:
City Tower, Hvezdova 1716/2b, 140 78 Prague 4, Czech Republic Production site address:
Fibichova 143, 566 17 Vysoke Myto,
Gedeon Richter Plc.
Gyomroi ut 19-21 1103 Budapest Hungary
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The event may have happened by chance or could be related to a mechanism currently not known.
Cases of progressive scarring of lung tissue have been reported during intake of telmisartan. However, it is