Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG. It does not contain all the available information about this medicine. Reading this leaflet 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 COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG against the expected benefits 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 COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is
The name of your medicine is COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG. The medicine contains the active ingredients perindopril arginine and indapamide hemihydrate. Perindopril belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Indapamide belongs to a group of medicines called chlorosulphamoyl diuretics.
What COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is used for
You have been prescribed COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG for high blood pressure.
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is addictive.
Why COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is used for high blood pressure
Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps to circulate 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 (also known as hypertension) when your blood pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm and relaxed.
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. COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG helps to lower your blood pressure. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why COVERSYL PLUS LD has been prescribed for you.
Before you take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG
There are some people who should not take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG. Please read the lists 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 COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG if:
You are allergic to perindopril, indapamide, or any of the other ingredients of COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG listed at the end of this leaflet.
You are allergic to sulphonamide (sulpha) antibiotics, or to thiazide diuretics (a type of "fluid" or "water" tablet).
You are allergic to another angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
You are breastfeeding or plan to breast-feed.
You undergo renal dialysis using polyacrylonitrile membranes.
You have renal artery stenosis (a problem with the blood vessels to one or both kidneys).
You have experienced serious swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat either suddenly or in response to another medicine in the past (a rare allergic condition known as angio-oedema).
The packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or the tablets do not look quite right.
The expiry date (EXP) on the pack has passed.
Tell your doctor straight away if:
You become pregnant while you are taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG.
You have any other health problems, including:
High or low levels of potassium, sodium, or other problems with salt balance.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (a disease affecting the skin, joints and kidneys).
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG may change the effect of some medicines, and some medicines may affect how well COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG works. You may need different amounts of your medication or to take different medicines. The medicines that may interact with COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG include the following:
Some anaesthetic drugs.
Some drugs used to treat gout (allopurinol).
Some steroid medicines.
Some drugs used to treat cancer or to suppress the immune system.
Diuretics (sometimes called "fluid" or "water" tablets).
Lithium medications (used to treat mood swings and some types of depression).
Sources of potassium, like potassium tablet and salt substitutes containing potassium.
Some medications used to treat high blood pressure, a fast or irregular heartbeat, and other heart conditions.
Medicines used to treat diabetes (tablets and insulin).
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG.
For older people or children
Elderly people can generally use COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG safely. However, some older people have reduced kidney function - in which case additional care may be required.
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is not recommended for use in children.
How to take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Your doctor will select a dose when they prescribe COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG for you. The usual dose is one tablet once daily.
Swallow your tablet(s) whole (do not split them) with a glass of water, preferably in the morning.
How long to take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG for
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG can help to control your blood pressure but cannot cure this condition. COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG treatment is usually for life - so you should keep taking the tablets regularly unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
If you forget to take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG
If your next usual dose is less than 6 hours away, just leave out the dose that you missed. Take the next dose at the usual time and continue as normal.
If your next dose is more than 6 hours away, take the dose you have missed as soon as you realise. Then take the next dose at the usual time and continue as normal.
Do not try to make up for missed doses by taking more than one dose at a time.
If you take too much COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG
Taking too much COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG (an overdose) may cause low blood pressure (also known as hypotension). Other effects like sickness, cramps, sleepiness, confusion, kidney problems, salt and water disturbances are possible. You may require urgent medical attention.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG then act immediately:
Telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26 in Australia; 03 474 7000 in New Zealand), or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
While you are taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG Things you must do
Take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Otherwise you may not get the benefits from treatment. Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are involved with your treatment that you are taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG.
Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather especially if you sweat a lot. This will help you avoid any dizziness or light-headedness caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Tell your doctor straight away if you have excessive vomiting or diarrhoea while taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG.
Things you must not do
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even they have the same condition as you.
Do not use COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not stop taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG or change the dose, without checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG affects you. You may feel light-headed or dizzy when you begin to take COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG. This is because your blood pressure is falling. If you have these symptoms when standing up or getting out of bed then getting up more slowly can help. This allows your body to get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If you have these symptoms and they don't get better in a short time then talk to your doctor.
If you do not feel well while you are taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG then tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. All medicines can have side effects. Most of the time they are not serious but sometimes they can be.
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG helps most people with high blood pressure, but it may sometimes have unwanted side effects. These can include:
A dry cough.
Feeling tired or as if you have less energy.
Feeling faint, light-headed, or dizzy.
Feeling sick or having stomach pain.
An increased risk of becoming dehydrated (in elderly patients and in patients with heart failure).
Low potassium levels. Symptoms of low potassium can include a number of those listed above, and very occasionally this may be severe.
Most of these side effects are mild when they occur. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them. However, if you do - or if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell - you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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).
A fast and irregular heart beat.
Severe blisters, skin rash, itching or other allergic reactions.
These side effects are extremely rare but can become serious.
After taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG
Keep your COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG 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. Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG will not keep as well outside its container.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. Keep them in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store medicines in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave them in a car or on a windowsill.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, return any leftover tablets to your pharmacist for disposal.
What COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG looks like
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG tablets are white and rod shaped, with a line on each face.
COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG tablets come in a white polypropylene tube containing a low density polyethylene flow reducer and a low density polyethylene opaque stopper containing a white desiccant gel. Each tube contains 30 tablets.
Each tablet of COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG contains 2.5mg of perindopril arginine and 0.625mg of indapamide hemihydrate as active ingredients.
The inactive ingredients in COVERSYL PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG tablets include lactose, magnesium stearate, silica - colloidal anhydrous, maltodextrin, sodium starch glycollate type A, macrogol 6000, glycerol, hypromellose, titanium dioxide.
The tablets are gluten free.
COVERSYL PLUS LD 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
COVERSYL® PLUS LD 2.5MG/0.625MG is registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. Australian Register Number: AUST R 124552
This leaflet was last revised in July 2007