Renitec Plus 20/6mg Tablets 30


Drug Name: enalapril + hydrochlorothiazide
Our Price $21.99
PBS $27.72
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Renitec Plus 20/6mg Tablets 30

Renitec Plus 20/6mg Tablets 30

Product ID: 42355

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about RENITEC PLUS 20/6. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6 against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What RENITEC PLUS 20/6 is used for
RENITEC PLUS 20/6 lowers high blood pressure, which doctors call 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 and 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. You may feel fine and have no symptoms, but eventually hypertension can cause stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. RENITEC PLUS 20/6 helps to lower your blood pressure.

RENITEC PLUS 20/6 contains two active ingredients. One of these is enalapril maleate. It belongs to a group of medicines called Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It works by widening your blood vessels. This means that blood is able to pass through them more easily and the heart doesn't have to pump as hard to move blood around the body.

The other active ingredient is hydrochlorothiazide, which is a fluid tablet or diuretic. It helps reduce the amount of fluid in the body by making your kidneys pass more water and salt.

Both of these active ingredients help to lower high blood pressure.

Your doctor may have prescribed RENITEC PLUS 20/6 for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why RENITEC PLUS 20/6 has been prescribed for you.

RENITEC PLUS 20/6 is not addictive.

Before you take RENITEC PLUS 20/6
When you must not take it
Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if you have taken any other 'ACE inhibitor' medicines for high blood pressure or heart failure before, which caused your face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet to swell up, or made it hard for you to breathe

If you have had an allergic reaction to an ACE inhibitor before, you may be allergic to RENITEC PLUS 20/6.

Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if you have a history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet, for no apparent reason.

Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if:

you have an allergy to RENITEC PLUS 20/6, RENITEC or other brands of enalapril maleate, or hydrochlorothiazide, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itchiness, hives, fever, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, muscle pain or tenderness, or joint pain.
you have an allergy to any sulfur medicines or sulfonamide antibiotics
One of the active ingredients in RENITEC PLUS 20 /6, hydrochlorothiazide, is a sulfur-containing medicine (a sulfonamide). Therefore, if you are allergic to sulfur medicines, such as some antibiotics or some tablets used to treat diabetes, you are likely to be allergic to RENITEC PLUS 20/6.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether you are allergic to sulfur medicines.
Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if:

you have renal artery stenosis, a disease of the kidney
you are not passing urine.
Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if you are pregnant or breast-feeding Your baby may absorb this medicine in the womb or from breast milk and therefore there is a possibility of harm to the baby.

Do not take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 if:

the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
the expiry date on the pack has passed.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6, talk to your doctor.

Do not give RENITEC PLUS 20/6 to a child. The safety of RENITEC PLUS 20/6 in children has not been established.

Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if:

1.you are or intend to become pregnant or intend to breast-feed
RENITEC PLUS 20/6 should not be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
2.you have any medical conditions, especially the following:
kidney disease, or if you are undergoing dialysis
passing less urine than is normal
liver disease
heart problems
3.you have recently suffered from excessive vomiting or diarrhoea
4.you are following a very low salt diet
5.you have had an allergy to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take any RENITEC PLUS 20/6.

Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines and RENITEC PLUS 20/6 may interfere with each other. These include:

other fluid tablets (diuretics)
other medicines used to treat high blood pressure
lithium, used to treat severe mood swings and some types of depression
potassium tablets or potassium-containing salt substitutes
potassium-sparing agents (e.g. spironolactone, eplerenone, triamterene, amiloride)
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs or COX-2 inhibitors) used to treat inflammation, pain, arthritis
steroid medicines such as cortisone, prednisone
insulin and tablets used to treat diabetes
barbiturates, used to treat epilepsy, such as phenobarbitone
strong pain killers such as codeine, morphine, dextropropoxyphene
arthritis medicines including gold therapy
insulin or oral antidiabetic medicines. You should be closely monitored for low blood glucose levels, especially during the first month of treatment with RENITEC PLUS.
cholestyramine and colestipol, used to treat high cholesterol
medicines used to relax muscles before or during surgery
medicines used in emergency situations, such as adrenaline
These medicines may be affected by RENITEC PLUS 20/6, or may affect how well it works. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.

Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6.

How to take RENITEC PLUS 20/6
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day. This depends on your condition and whether you are taking other medicines. Take RENITEC PLUS 20/6 only when prescribed by your doctor.

For most patients, the usual dose is one tablet a day.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How to take it
Take your RENITEC PLUS 20/6 at about the same time each day. This is best in the morning, for example, at breakfast time. Taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6 at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.

Swallow RENITEC PLUS 20/6 with a glass of water.

How long to take it
RENITEC PLUS 20/6 helps control your high blood pressure but does not cure it. Therefore RENITEC PLUS 20/6 must be taken every day. Continue taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6 for as long as your doctor prescribes.

If you forget to take it
If it is less than six hours until 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 your tablet(s) as you would normally.

If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much RENITEC PLUS 20/6. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

If you take too many tablets, you will probably feel light-headed or dizzy, or you may faint. You may also become very thirsty, confused, have a change in the amount of urine passed or have a fast heart beat.

While you are using RENITEC PLUS 20/6
Things you must do
Have your blood pressure checked when your doctor says, to make sure RENITEC PLUS 20/6 is working.

If you feel any light-headedness or dizziness after you take your first dose of RENITEC PLUS 20/6 or if your dose is increased, tell your doctor immediately.

If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, get up slowly when getting out of bed or standing up.

This may be because your blood pressure is falling suddenly. Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem gets worse or continues, talk to your doctor.

If you become pregnant while taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6, tell your doctor immediately.

If you have excessive vomiting and/or diarrhoea while taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6, or you have any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:

dry mouth, thirst
weakness, tiredness, drowsiness
muscle pains or cramps
fast heart beat
passing less urine than normal
You may be dehydrated because you are losing too much water. This may also drop your blood pressure too much.

Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6, especially if you sweat a lot.

If you do not drink enough water while taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6, you may faint or feel light-headed or sick. This is because your blood pressure is dropping suddenly. If you continue to feel unwell, tell your doctor.

If you plan to have surgery (even at the dentist) that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6. Your blood pressure may drop suddenly.

If you are about to be started on any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6.

Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up. Your doctor may occasionally do a blood test to check your potassium level in the blood and to see how your kidneys are working.

Things you must not do
Do not give RENITEC PLUS 20/6 to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how RENITEC PLUS 20/6 affects you. RENITEC PLUS 20/6 may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people, especially after the first dose or if the dose is increased. Make sure you know how you react to RENITEC PLUS 20/6 before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. 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.
Diet -
eat a healthy 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 the heart get fitter, but it is important not to overdo it. Walking is good exercise, but try to find a route that is fairly flat. Before starting any exercise, ask your doctor about the best kind of programme 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 smoking or at least cut down.
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 RENITEC PLUS 20/6. RENITEC PLUS 20/6 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.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

dry cough
light-headedness or dizziness because blood pressure is too low
tiredness or weakness
feeling sick (nausea), vomiting, loss of appetite
diarrhoea, constipation, stomach upset, pains or cramps
muscle cramps
transient blurred vision or yellow vision
These are usually mild side effects of RENITEC PLUS 20/6, but may be serious.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

changes in the way your heart beats, for example, if you notice it beating faster
severe dizziness, spinning sensation
skin rash, itchiness or other skin problems
signs of worrying or frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
signs of anaemia such as tiredness, headaches, being short of breath when exercising, looking pale
passing less urine than is normal for you
yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice
numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
signs of dehydration such as nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, headache, drowsiness and tiredness. If untreated, mental confusion and fits may develop. Your doctor may need to monitor your blood sodium levels.
These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.

Serious side effects are rare.

If any of the following happen, stop taking RENITEC PLUS 20/6 and tell your doctor immediately or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital:

swelling of the face, lips, mouth, throat or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
swelling of the hands, feet, or ankles
pinkish, itchy swellings on the skin, also called hives or nettlerash
chest pain, angina
wheeziness due to chest tightness, shortness of breath
collapse, numbness or weakness of arms and legs
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

All of these side effects are rare.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using RENITEC PLUS 20/6
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack and store them in another container they will not keep well and they may become soft and pliable.

Keep RENITEC PLUS 20/6 in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 °C.

Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. 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 RENITEC PLUS 20/6 or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description
What it looks like
RENITEC PLUS 20/6 comes as a blue, rounded triangle shaped tablet marked with MSD 734 on one side and a triangle on the other.

A box of RENITEC PLUS 20/6 contains 30 tablets.

Active ingredients:

Each tablet contains enalapril maleate 20 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 6 mg.

Inactive ingredients:

sodium bicarbonate
maize starch
pregelatinised maize starch
indigo carmine CI73015 aluminium lake
magnesium stearate
RENITEC PLUS 20/6 does not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

RENITEC PLUS 20/6 is supplied in Australia by:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
A.B.N. 14 000 173 508
54-68 Ferndell Street
South Granville NSW 2142

This leaflet was prepared in July 2008.

Australian Register Number:
AUST R 73359


® Registered Trademark of Merck & Co., Inc. Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A

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