Reaptan

5MG/5MG; 5MG/10MG; 10MG/5MG; 10MG/10MG

Perindopril/amlodipine [pronounced per-in-do-pril/ am-load-i-peen]
Consumer Medicine Information
 

NOTICE: This Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) is intended for persons living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common questions about Reaptan. It does not contain all the information that is known about Reaptan. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Bookmark or print this page, you may need to read it again.

What REAPTAN is

The name of your medicine is REAPTAN.
The medicine contains the active ingredient perindopril arginine. Perindopril belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
It also contains the active ingredient amlodipine besylate. Amlodipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.
Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.
REAPTAN has been prescribed for you by your doctor to replace the separate tablets of perindopril and amlodipine you were taking.
One REAPTAN tablet replaces separate tablets of perindopril and amlodipine.

What REAPTAN is used for

You have been prescribed REAPTAN if you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Why REAPTAN is used for high blood pressure

Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all around the body. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day, depending on how busy or stressed you are.
You have high blood pressure when your blood pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm or relaxed.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure. The only way of knowing that you have it is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems. You may feel fine and have no symptoms, but eventually it can cause stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
The active ingredients in REAPTAN, perindopril arginine and amlodipine help lower your blood pressure.
You may also have been prescribed REAPTAN if you have coronary heart disease.

Why REAPTAN is used for coronary heart disease

Coronary heart disease is narrowing of the vessels carrying blood to the heart.
In patients with coronary artery disease, REAPTAN has been shown to reduce some of the risks, including heart attacks.

How REAPTAN works

REAPTAN works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the vessel, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body
This helps increase the supply of oxygen to your heart, so that when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, your heart may cope better and you may not get short of breath as easily.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why REAPTAN has been prescribed for you.
REAPTAN is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that REAPTAN is addictive.

Before you take REAPTAN

There are some people who shouldn't take REAPTAN. Please read the list below.
If you think any of these situations apply to you or you have any questions, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take REAPTAN if:

you are allergic to perindopril or amlodipine, or any of the other ingredients of REAPTAN listed at the end of this leaflet
you have had an allergic reaction to any other ACE inhibitors or calcium channel blockers
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to REAPTAN may include skin rash, itchiness, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, muscle pain or tenderness or joint pain
are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
REAPTAN may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.
are breastfeeding or plan to breast-feed
REAPTAN passes into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected.
are undergoing renal dialysis using polyacrylonitrile membranes
have renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels to one or both kidneys)
have aortic stenosis (narrowing of the main blood vessel leaving from the heart)
have severe hypotension (low blood pressure)
have unstable angina.
Unstable angina is a pain or uncomfortable feeling in the chest that lasts longer than a few minutes or occurs with rest, and may not be relieved with medication
have cardiogenic shock which is a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure and blood flow through the body because the heart is not pumping normally
have heart failure during the first 28 days after a heart attack (Heart failure means that the heart muscle cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. It does not mean that the heart stops working)
have experienced swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat either spontaneously or in response to another medicine in the past. (This rare condition is known as angio-oedema)
the packaging is damaged or shows sign of tampering
the expiry date (EXP) on the pack has passed
If you think any of these situations apply to you, or you have any doubts or questions about taking REAPTAN speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

For older people and patients with renal impairment

REAPTAN can generally be used safely by elderly people.
Reduced kidney function is often found in elderly people and in this case, the starting dose should always be 2.5mg of perindopril arginine and 2.5mg of amlodipine taken as separate tablets.

For children

REAPTAN is not recommended for children

Tell your doctor straight away if:

you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking REAPTAN, as it may cause serious harm to your baby
you are undergoing desensitisation treatment, or have had an allergic reaction during previous desensitisation treatment (e.g. treatments using bee, wasp or ant venom)
you are undergoing, or have had an allergic reaction during previous, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis, a technique where LDL is 'filtered' out of a patient's blood, using dextran sulphate
you are to undergo anaesthesia and/or surgery
you have recently suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting
you are on a salt restricted diet or use salt substitutes which contain potassium
you have an intolerance to some sugars as REAPTAN contains lactose
you are treated with immunosuppressant therapy or allopurinol or procainamide
you have any other health problems, including:
kidney disease or if you on renal dialysis
liver disease
High or low levels of potassium, or other problems with salt balance
diabetes
heart disease
Systemic lupus erythematous or scleroderma (a disease affecting the skin, joints and kidneys)
If you think any of these situations apply to you, or you have any doubts or questions about taking REAPTAN consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor, pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Taking REAPTAN may change the effect of some medicines, and some medicines may affect how well REAPTAN works. You may need different amounts of your medication or to take different medicines.
The medicines that may interact with REAPTAN include the following:
tetracycline antibiotic drugs such as erythromycin, clarithromycin and rifampicin
some anti-inflammatory drugs (including high dose aspirin, ibuprofen to relieve pain swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis, and gold injections to treat rheumatoid arthritis)
medicines used to treat mood swings and some types of depression (lithium, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotics).
potassium-sparing diuretics, sources of potassium, like potassium tablet and salt substitutes containing potassium
some medications used to treat high blood pressure (including angiotensin receptor blocker, beta-blockers, alpha-blockers or diuretics (sometimes called "fluid" or "water" tablets because they increase the amount of urine passed each day)
Heparin (used to thin blood)
vasodilators including nitrates
medicines used to treat diabetes (tablets and insulin).
muscle relaxants such as baclofen and dantrolene
medicines used to treat epilepsy such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin or primidone
medicines which lower your immune system, such as corticosteroids, cyclosporine or medicines used to treat cancer (including radiation therapy)
some medicines used to treat some fungal infections
medicines which may affect the blood cells, such as allopurinol, procainamide
It is a good idea to remind your doctor of all other medicines you take. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking REAPTAN.

How to take REAPTAN

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 label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

Your doctor will select a dose when they prescribe REAPTAN for you. The usual dose is one tablet once daily.

How to take it

Swallow your tablet(s) with a glass of water.

When to take it

Take REAPTAN at about the same time each day unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Taking your tablet at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.
REAPTAN should be taken in the morning before a meal.

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 go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

How long to take it for

REAPTAN helps control your blood pressure and/or treat your coronary heart disease but does not cure it. Continue taking the tablets for as long as your doctor tells you.

If you take too much

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26 in Australia) if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much REAPTAN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

While you are taking REAPTAN

Things you must do

If you become pregnant while you are taking REAPTAN, tell your doctor.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking REAPTAN.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists involved with your treatment that you are taking REAPTAN.
Take REAPTAN exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Otherwise you may not get the benefits from treatment.
If any of the signs below occur then tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
swelling of your lips, face, mouth, tongue or throat
purple spots with occasional blisters on the front of your arms and legs and/or around your neck and ears (A rare condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
severe blisters, skin rash, itching or other allergic reactions
These side effects are extremely rare but can become serious.
If you have stopped treatment with REAPTAN due to an allergic reaction you should not start taking REAPTAN again.

Things you must not do

do not give REAPTAN to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you
do not use REAPTAN to treat other complaints unless your doctor tells you to
do not stop taking REAPTAN or change the dosage, without checking with your doctor
do not stop taking your tablets because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor

Things that may help your condition

Some self-help measures suggested below may help your condition. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these measures and for more information.
Alcohol - your doctor may advise you to limit your alcohol intake
Diet - eat a healthy low-fat diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, cereals and fish. Also eat less fat and sugar
Exercise - regular exercise helps to reduce blood pressure and helps get the heart fitter, but it is important not to overdo it. Walking is good exercise, but try to find a route that is reasonably flat. Before starting any exercise, ask your doctor about the best kind of program for you
Salt - your doctor may advise you to watch the amount of salt in your diet. To reduce your salt intake you should avoid using salt in cooking or at the table
Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop or at least cut down smoking
Weight - your doctor may suggest losing some weight to help lower your blood pressure and help lessen the amount of work your heart has to do. Some people may need a dietician's help to lose weight

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking REAPTAN.
REAPTAN helps most people with high blood pressure and/or coronary heart disease, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Following is a list of possible side effects. Do not be alarmed by this list. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
dry cough
headache
vertigo
ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
vision disturbances
feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint (hypotension)
feeling tired or lethargic (fatigue)
feeling sleepy (somnolence)
feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or belching after eating, indigestion (dyspepsia)
stomach pain
diarrhoea
constipation
flushed skin
taste disturbances or loss of taste (dysgeusia)
muscle cramps
tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, pins and needles (paraesthesia)
fast or irregular heart beats, also called palpitations
shortness of breath,
difficulty in breathing or
chest tightness (dyspnoea)
nose-bleeds
rash, itching (pruritis), eczema,
swelling of hands, ankles or feet (peripheral oedema)
swelling of the joints
sensitivity to light,
erectile dysfunction
excessive sugar in blood (hyperglycaemia)
exceptional cases of extrapyramidal syndrome ( a type of movement disorder)
These side effects, when they occur are usually mild. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of these or notice anything else that is making you fell unwell.
If any of the signs below occur then tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital:
swelling of your eyelids, lips, face, mouth, tongue or throat
purple spots with occasional blisters on the front of your arms and legs and/or around your neck and ears (A rare condition known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
a fast and irregular heart beat
severe blisters, skin rash, itching, reddening, peeling and swelling or other allergic reactions
pneumonia
pancreatitis
hepatitis
acute renal failure
severe blood disorders,
syncope
These side effects are extremely rare but can become serious.

After taking REAPTAN

Storage

Keep your REAPTAN tablets in the bottle until it is time to take them.
REAPTAN will not keep as well outside its packaging.
Keep your REAPTAN tablets in a cool, dry place away from light where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store medicines in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave them in a car or on a windowsill.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your REAPTAN 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

If your doctor tells you to stop taking REAPTAN, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, return any leftover tablets to your pharmacist for disposal.

Product description

What it looks like

REAPTAN 5MG/5MG tablets are white and rod-shaped engraved with 5/5 on one face and the Servier Logo on the other face, supplied in a bottle of 30 tablets.
REAPTAN 5MG/10MG tablets are white and square-shaped engraved with 5/10 on one face and the Servier Logo on the other face, supplied in a bottle of 30 tablets.
REAPTAN 10MG/5MG tablets are white and triangular-shaped engraved with 10/5 on one face and the Servier Logo on the other face, supplied in a bottle of 30 tablets.
REAPTAN 10MG/10MG tablets are white and round engraved with 10/10 on one face and the Servier Logo on the other face, supplied in a bottle of 30 tablets.
Thirty (30) tablets are supplied in a white bottle containing desiccant sachets/canisters and equipped with a white child-resistant screw-on cap.

Ingredients

Each tablet of REAPTAN 5MG/5MG contains 5mg perindopril arginine and 5mg amlodipine, and a number of inactive ingredients.
Each tablet of REAPTAN 5MG/10MG contains 5mg perindopril arginine and 10mg amlodipine, and a number of inactive ingredients.
Each tablet of REAPTAN 10MG/5MG contains 10mg perindopril arginine and 5mg amlodipine, and a number of inactive ingredients.
Each tablet of REAPTAN 10MG/10MG contains 10mg perindopril arginine and 10mg amlodipine, and a number of inactive ingredients.
All tablet doses include the inactive ingredients; lactose monohydrate, cellulose microcrystalline, silica colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate.
REAPTAN is registered on the Australian register of Therapeutic Goods.
REAPTAN® 5MG/5MG:
AUST R 170796
REAPTAN® 5MG/10MG:
AUST R 170797
REAPTAN® 10MG/5MG:
AUST R 170798
REAPTAN® 10MG/10MG:
AUST R 170799

Manufacturer

REAPTAN is a product discovered by Servier Research International.
It is distributed in Australia by:
Servier Laboratories (Aust) Pty Ltd
8 Cato Street
Hawthorn Victoria 3122
ABN: 54 004 838 500
This document was last revised in February 2013.