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  • Adalat Retard 20mg Tablets 60's

Adalat Retard 20mg Tablets 60's

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Description
Adalat Retard contains nifedipine, which belongs to a group of medicines called calcium antagonists. Adalat Retard is used to treat high blood pressure or angina (chest pain). For high blood pressure: Adalat Retard work by relaxing and expanding the blood vessels. This makes the blood flow more easily and lowers blood pressure. Lower blood pressure reduces the strain on your heart. For angina: Adalat Retard works by relaxing and expanding the arteries supplying the heart. This allows more blood and oxygen to reach the heart and decreases the strain on it. Your angina attacks will be less severe and less frequent if there is less strain on the heart.
Adalat Retard Tablets 20mg are grey-pink, circular tablets marked with ‘IU’ on one side and a Bayer cross on the reverse or grey-pink circular tablets marked with ‘A20’ on one side and the Bayer cross on the reverse. Each grey-pink, circular tabletcontains 20mg of the active ingredient nifedipine. Adalat Retard Tablets 20mg also contain microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, hypromellose, lactose, maize starch, macrogol and magnesium stearate. Titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide (E172) are included as colouring agents. Your medicine comes in packs of 60 tablets. The active ingredient, nifedipine, is one of a group of medicines called calcium antagonists. These relax and expand blood vessels.
How to use
Adalat Retard is not recommended for use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age, because there is only limited data on the safety and efficacy in this population. To start with, you may be given a lower strength (10mg) tablet called Adalat Retard 10mg. This allows your doctor to monitor how you are responding so that the best long term dose can be identified. The usual maintenance dose of Adalat Retard (20mg strength) is 1 tablet, every 12 hours (i.e. twice per day), but your doctor may increase or decrease the dose depending on how well your blood pressure or angina is being controlled. The maximum dose is 60mg every 24 hours. Leave at least four hours between doses. Lower doses may be prescribed for elderly patients. If you have problems with your liver you are likely to be given Adalat Retard 10mg, at least to begin with.
Precautions
Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit while taking Adalat Retard. Do not start taking Adalat Retard within 3 days of drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit. Tell your doctor if you have had grapefruit or grapefruit juice in this time. Also, do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit whilst taking Adalat Retard. Grapefruit juice is known to increase the blood levels of the active ingredient, nifedipine. This can lastfor at least 3 days. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are planning a family, tell your doctor before taking Adalat Retard. If you need to take Adalat Retard while breast-feeding, tell your doctor before taking the tablets. Driving and using machines: Adalat Retard may make you feel dizzy, faint, extremely tired or have visual disturbances. Do not drive or operate machinery if you are affected in this way. This may be more likely when you first start treatment, if you change tablets, or if you have drunk alcohol.