Acquin 10 mg Tablets 30


Drug Name: quinapril
Our Price $7.99
PBS $0.00
Concession $5.60
Safety Net $0.00

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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.

Acquin 10 mg Tablets 30

Acquin 10 mg Tablets 30

Product ID: 62175

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

contains the active ingredient quinapril (as hydrochloride)

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about ACQUIN.

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 ACQUIN against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

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

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

What ACQUIN is used for
ACQUIN is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used to treat heart failure.

ACQUIN 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 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, including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.

Heart Failure
Heart failure means that the heart muscle is weak and cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the same as heart attack and does not mean that the heart stops. Heart failure may start off with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.

How ACQUIN works
ACQUIN works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the vessels, 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.

ACQUIN belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Your doctor may have prescribed ACQUIN for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ACQUIN has been prescribed for you.

ACQUIN is not addictive.

This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Before you take ACQUIN
When you must not take it
Do not take ACQUIN if:

you have an allergy to ACQUIN or any other medicine containing quinapril, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itchiness, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, muscle pain or tenderness or joint pain.
you have taken any other 'ACE inhibitor' medicine 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 ACQUIN.
you have a history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet for no apparent reason
you have kidney problems or a condition called 'renal artery stenosis'
you have regular dialysis for blood filtration.
Do not take ACQUIN if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. ACQUIN may enter your womb or it may pass into the breast milk and there is the possibility that your baby may be affected.

Do not take ACQUIN if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed. It may not work as well if you do.

Do not take ACQUIN if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite right.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking ACQUIN, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:

any other medicines
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

kidney problems, or are having dialysis
liver problems
heart problems
low blood pressure, which you may notice as dizziness or light-headedness
high levels of potassium in your blood.
You must also tell your doctor if you:

have a family history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet
are following a very low salt diet
are about to receive desensitisation therapy for an allergy
are about to have surgery or a general anaesthetic
plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking ACQUIN.

Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines and ACQUIN may interfere with each other. These include:

other medicines used to treat high blood pressure
diuretics, also known as fluid or water tablets
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), medicines used to relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis
potassium supplements or potassium-containing salt substitutes
lithium, a medicine used to treat mood swings and some types of depression
tetracycline antibiotics.
These medicines may be affected by ACQUIN, 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 will advise you.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking ACQUIN.

Use in children
The safety and effectiveness of ACQUIN in children have not been established.

How to take ACQUIN
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 box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take
For high blood pressure

For most patients, not on diuretics, the usual starting dose is 5 to 10 mg taken once a day. The dose may need to be increased depending on your blood pressure at an interval of 4 weeks. Most patients take between 10 and 40 mg each day.

This dose may be taken once a day or divided into two equal doses per day.

For heart failure

The usual starting dose is 5 mg taken once a day. In most patients, effective doses are between 10 and 20 mg a day. Your doctor will advise whether the dose is to be taken a single dose or as two separate doses.

How to take ACQUIN
Swallow ACQUIN with a full glass of water.

Do not chew the tablets.

When to take it
Take ACQUIN at about the same time each day. Taking your tablets at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take the tablets.

Take ACQUIN before meals. Food with a high fat content may interfere with the absorption of ACQUIN.

How long to take it
ACQUIN helps control your condition, but does not cure it. Therefore you must take ACQUIN every day. Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.

If you forget to take ACQUIN
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 missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets 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 to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much ACQUIN (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much ACQUIN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too much ACQUIN, you may feel light-headed, dizzy or you may faint.

While you are taking ACQUIN
Things you must do
Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking ACQUIN.

Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are taking ACQUIN, especially if you sweat a lot. If you do not drink enough water while taking ACQUIN, 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 ACQUIN, 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 ACQUIN, or when your dose is increased, tell your doctor immediately. This is especially important if you are taking ACQUIN for heart failure.

If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking ACQUIN. Your blood pressure may drop suddenly.

If you become pregnant while taking ACQUIN, tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking ACQUIN. ACQUIN may interfere with the results of some tests.

Have your blood pressure checked when your doctor says, to make sure ACQUIN is working.

Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up. 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 give ACQUIN to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not take ACQUIN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.

Do not stop taking ACQUIN, 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 bed or chairs, 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 ACQUIN affects you. As with other ACE inhibitor medicines, ACQUIN may cause dizziness, light-headedness or tiredness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to ACQUIN 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 or heart failure
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 diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread (preferably wholegrain), cereals and fish. Also eat less sugar and fat (especially saturated fat) which includes sausages, fatty meats, full cream dairy products, biscuits, cakes, pastries, chocolates, chips and coconut. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from olive oil, canola oil, avocado and nuts are beneficial in small quantities.
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 and avoid cooked or processed foods containing high sodium (salt) levels.
Exercise - regular exercise, maintained over the long term, helps to reduce blood pressure and helps get the heart fitter. Regular exercise also improves your blood cholesterol levels, helps reduce your weight and stress levels, and improves your sleep, mood and ability to concentrate. However, 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 programme for you.
Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down. There are enormous benefits to be gained from giving up smoking. There are many professionals, organisations and strategies to help you quit. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further information and advice.
Side effects
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ACQUIN. ACQUIN helps most people with high blood pressure and heart failure, 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.

If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.

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:

feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint because your blood pressure is too low
dry cough
feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting
stomach pain
aching, tender or weak muscles not caused by exercise
unusual tiredness or weakness, fatigue
feelings of deep sadness and unworthiness (depression)
hair loss or thinning
dry mouth or throat
taste disturbances or loss of taste
confusion or nervousness
back pain
difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection.
These side effects are usually mild.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

disturbed vision
symptoms of sunburn (such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering) which may occur more quickly than normal
itchy, raised or red skin rash
fast or irregular heart beat
shortness of breath or tightness in the chest
signs of worrying or frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
severe upper stomach pain, often with nausea and vomiting
passing little or no urine
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.
These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

If any of the following happen, stop taking ACQUIN and either tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

fainting within a few hours of taking a dose
swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
sudden onset of stomach pains or cramps with or without nausea or vomiting
severe flaking or peeling of the skin
severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals
chest pain.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare.

Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

After using ACQUIN
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.

Keep ACQUIN 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.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

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

Do not leave ACQUIN on a windowsill or in the car on hot days. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking ACQUIN, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description
What it looks like
ACQUIN comes in 3 strengths of tablets:

ACQUIN 5 - Yellow, round, biconvex and one side scored film-coated tablets.
Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.

ACQUIN 10 - White to almost white, round, biconvex and one side scored film-coated tablets.
Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.

ACQUIN 20 - Yellow, round, biconvex and one side scored film-coated tablets.
Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.

The active ingredient in ACQUIN is quinapril (as hydrochloride).

Each ACQUIN 5 tablet contains 5 mg of quinapril.
Each ACQUIN 10 tablet contains 10 mg of quinapril.
Each ACQUIN 20 tablet contains 20 mg of quinapril.
The tablets also contain:

magnesium carbonate - heavy
hydroxypropyl cellulose
magnesium stearate
Eudragit E 12.5%
titanium dioxide
purified talc
Macrogol 6000
iron oxide yellow CI77492.
The tablets are gluten free.

Arrow Pharmaceuticals
24 Rothschild Ave
Rosebery NSW 2018

Phone: (02) 8344 8344 (02) 8344 8344

Australian registration numbers
ACQUIN 5 - AUST R 118750
ACQUIN 10 - AUST R 118751
ACQUIN 20 - AUST R 118752

Date of preparation
August 2006

Published by MIMS/myDr January 2007

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