Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Pritor/Amlodipine.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking this medicine against the benefits
it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last updated on the date at the end of this leaflet. More recent information may be available. The latest
Consumer Medicine Information is available from your pharmacist, doctor, or from www.medicines.org.au and may contain important
information about the medicine and its use of which you should be aware.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Pritor/Amlodipine is used for
Pritor/Amlodipine is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all around your body. Your blood pressure may be different
at different times of the day, depending on how busy or worried you are. You have hypertension (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 hypertension. The only way of knowing that you have hypertension 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, including stroke,
heart disease and kidney failure.
How Pritor/Amlodipine works
Pritor/Amlodipine contains telmisartan and amlodipine (as the besilate salt) in one single tablet. These two active ingredients
help to reduce blood pressure in different ways:
Telmisartan belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Angiotensin II is a substance in the
body which causes blood vessels to narrow, thus increasing blood pressure. Telmisartan works by blocking the effect of angiotensin
II. When the effect of angiotensin II is blocked, your blood vessels relax and your blood pressure goes down.
Amlodipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers. Amlodipine blocks calcium from moving into the
cells of the heart and blood vessels. As a result, they relax the blood vessels and increase the supply of blood and oxygen
to the heart while reducing its workload.
This means that both of these active ingredients work together to help stop your blood vessels tightening. As a result, the
blood vessels relax and blood pressure is lowered.
Your doctor may have prescribed Pritor/Amlodipine for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Pritor/Amlodipine has been prescribed for you.
Pritor/Amlodipine is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Pritor/Amlodipine
When you must not take it
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing telmisartan or amlodipine (the active ingredients in Pritor/Amlodipine)
other medicines belonging to a group of chemicals called dihydropyridines used to treat blood pressure and other heart problems
any other ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine if you are pregnant.
Like other similar medicines, it may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not breastfeed if you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
It is not known if telmisartan or amlodipine, the active ingredients in Pritor/Amlodipine, pass into breast milk and there
is a possibility that your baby may be affected.
Do not give Pritor/Amlodipine to a child under the age of 18 years.
Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 18 years have not been established.
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine if you have any of the following medical conditions:
severe liver disease
biliary obstruction (problems with drainage of the bile from the liver and gall bladder)
diabetes or kidney problems and you are taking aliskiren (a medicine used to treat high blood pressure).
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine if you have the rare hereditary condition of fructose intolerance.
The maximum recommended daily dose of Pritor/Amlodipine contains 337.28 mg of sorbitol.
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Pritor/Amlodipine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
kidney problems or kidney transplant
a condition known as primary aldosteronism or hyperaldosteronism
recent severe diarrhoea or vomiting
high levels of potassium in your blood
fructose intolerance or sorbitol intolerance.
Tell your doctor if you are following a very low salt diet.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell your doctor before you start taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from
your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Pritor/Amlodipine may interfere with each other. These include:
other medicines used to treat high blood pressure including fluid tablets or diuretic medicines, ACE inhibitors and aliskiren
potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt substitutes
lithium, a medicine used to treat certain types of depression or mental illness
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or COX-2 inhibitors, medicines used to relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms
of inflammation including arthritis
anticonvulsant agents such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone (medicines used to treat epilepsy or fits)
some antibiotics, such as rifampicin
some antifungal, such as ketoconazole or itraconazole
anti-proteases, medicines used to treat HIV infection such as ritonavir
simvastatin (a cholesterol-lowering medication)
herbal medicines derived from St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)
grapefruit or grapefruit juice
immunosuppressants such as ciclosporin or tacrolimus (medicines used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation).
These medicines may be affected by Pritor/Amlodipine or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your
medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
How to take Pritor/Amlodipine
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many tablets you will need to take each day. This depends on your condition and
whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
The usual dose is one tablet a day.
Depending on how you respond to the treatment, your doctor may suggest a higher or lower dose.
It is important to take Pritor/Amlodipine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
How to take it
Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water.
When to take it
Take Pritor/Amlodipine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take Pritor/Amlodipine before or after food.
How long to take it
Continue taking Pritor/Amlodipine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Pritor/Amlodipine helps to control your high blood pressure, but does not cure it. It is important to keep taking Pritor/Amlodipine
every day even if you feel well.
People who have high blood pressure often feel well and do not notice any signs of this problem.
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 the dose 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.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Emergency at your
nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Pritor/Amlodipine. Do this even if there are
no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much Pritor/Amlodipine, you may feel dizzy, light-headed or you may faint. Your heartbeat may be faster or
slower than usual. You may experience rapid, shallow breathing or cold, clammy skin. This is because your blood pressure is
While you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine, especially if you
sweat a lot.
If you do not drink enough water while taking Pritor/Amlodipine, you may feel faint, light-headed or sick. This is because
your blood pressure is dropping suddenly. If you continue to feel unwell, tell your doctor.
If you have excess vomiting or diarrhoea while taking Pritor/Amlodipine, tell your doctor.
You may lose too much water and salt and your blood pressure may drop too much.
If you feel light-headed or dizzy after taking your first dose of Pritor/Amlodipine, or when your dose is increased, tell
your doctor immediately.
This is especially important if you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine for heart failure.
Your blood pressure may drop suddenly.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking Pritor/Amlodipine, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
Pritor/Amlodipine may interfere with the results of some tests.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor may check your blood pressure from time to time to make sure Pritor/Amlodipine is working and to prevent unwanted
Your doctor may occasionally do a blood test to check your potassium levels and see how your kidneys are working.
Things you must not do
Do not take Pritor/Amlodipine to treat other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give Pritor/Amlodipine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop taking Pritor/Amlodipine, or lower the dosage, without checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get up slowly.
Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from a bed or chair, will help your body get used to the change in position
and blood pressure. If this problem continues or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Pritor/Amlodipine affects you.
As with other medicines in this class, Pritor/Amlodipine may cause dizziness, light-headedness or tiredness in some people.
Make sure you know how you react to Pritor/Amlodipine before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that
could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or light-headedness
may be worse.
Things that would be helpful for your blood pressure
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.
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.
Diet - eat a healthy low-fat diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, cereals and fish. Also eat less
fat and sugar.
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.
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 find a route that is reasonably flat. Before starting any exercise, ask your doctor about
the best kind of programme for you.
Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop smoking.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Pritor/Amlodipine.
Pritor/Amlodipine helps most people with high blood pressure, 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. You may need medical treatment
if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint
swelling of hands, ankles or feet
sleepiness or tiredness, weakness or difficulty sleeping
tingling, numbness or pain in the hands or feet, pins and needles
taste disturbances or loss of taste
shaking or tremors
slow heart beat
low blood pressure
flushed or pale skin
feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
tender or enlarged gums
an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or belching after eating (indigestion)
itching, rash, redness of skin
pain in joints
aching, tender or weak muscles not caused by exercise
back pain, pain in extremity
night-time or frequent urination
difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection
generally feeling unwell
feeling anxious or sad.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Pritor/Amlodipine and either tell your doctor immediately or go to Emergency at
your nearest hospital:
swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
severe and sudden onset of itchy or raised skin rash, hives or nettle rash.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
After taking Pritor/Amlodipine
Keep your tablets in the original blister strip until it is time to take them.
The blister pack protects the tablets from light and moisture.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store Pritor/Amlodipine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Pritor/Amlodipine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with
any tablets that are left over.
What it looks like
Pritor/Amlodipine is the brand name of your medicine.
Pritor/Amlodipine tablets are available in four strengths: 40 mg/5 mg, 40 mg/10 mg, 80 mg/5 mg and 80 mg/10 mg.
Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/5 mg tablets are oval, biconvex shaped two layer tablets, white to off white on one side and blue
on the other side. The white side is marked with the Boehringer Ingelheim company logo and 'A1'. The blue side is plain.
Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/10 mg tablets are oval, biconvex shaped two layer tablets, white to off white on one side and blue
on the other side. The white side is marked with the Boehringer Ingelheim company logo and 'A2'. The blue side is plain.
Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/5 mg tablets are oval, biconvex shaped two layer tablets, white to off white on one side and blue
on the other side. The white side is marked with the Boehringer Ingelheim company logo and 'A3'. The blue side is plain.
Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/10 mg tablets are oval, biconvex shaped two layer tablets, white to off white on one side and blue
on the other side. The white side is marked with the Boehringer Ingelheim company logo and 'A4'. The blue side is plain.
Pritor/Amlodipine tablets are available in blister packs of 7*, 14*, 28, 30*, 56* and 98* tablets.
* Not currently distributed in Australia
Each Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/5 mg tablet contains 40 mg of telmisartan and 5 mg of amlodipine (as the besilate salt) as the
Each Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/10 mg tablet contains 40 mg of telmisartan and 10 mg of amlodipine (as the besilate salt) as
the active ingredients.
Each Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/5 mg tablet contains 80 mg of telmisartan and 5 mg of amlodipine (as the besilate salt) as the
Each Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/10 mg tablet contains 80 mg of telmisartan and 10 mg of amlodipine (as the besilate salt) as
the active ingredients.
Each Pritor/Amlodipine tablet also contains the following ingredients:
pregelatinised maize starch
colloidal anhydrous silica
Pigment Blend PB-57699 GREY (as colouring agent).
Pritor/Amlodipine tablets are supplied in Australia by:
Boehringer Ingelheim Pty Limited
ABN 52 000 452 308
78 Waterloo Road
North Ryde NSW 2113
This leaflet was updated in March 2017.
® Pritor is a registered trade mark of Boehringer Ingelheim
© Boehringer Ingelheim Pty Limited 2017
Australian Registration Numbers
Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/5 mg tablets:
AUST R 202106
Pritor/Amlodipine 40 mg/10 mg tablets:
AUST R 202107
Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/5 mg tablets:
AUST R 202108
Pritor/Amlodipine 80 mg/10 mg tablets:
AUST R 202109