Vasocardol CD 240mg Capsules 30


Drug Name: diltiazem
Our Price $14.99
PBS $20.66
Concession $5.20
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.

Vasocardol CD 240mg Capsules 30

Vasocardol CD 240mg Capsules 30

Product ID: 8267

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 Vasocardol CD capsules and Vasocardol tablets. 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 these medicines against the benefits they expect it will have for you.Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What these medicines are used for

You have been prescribed either Vasocardol CD capsules or Vasocardol tablets. These medicines both contain an active ingredient called diltiazem hydrochloride. The difference between these is that Vasocardol CD is designed to release the active ingredient slowly so that it works over 24 hours and can be taken once a day. (CD stands for "controlled delivery"). Vasocardol tablets release the active ingredient faster and so must be taken more often (3-4 times a day, as your doctor has instructed).These medicines belong to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers or calcium antagonists. They work by opening up blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure and lets more blood and oxygen reach the heart. They do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.Vasocardol tablets are used to prevent angina.Vasocardol CD capsules are used by some people to prevent angina and by others to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).Angina is a pain or uncomfortable sensation in the chest, often spreading to the arms or neck and sometimes to the shoulders and back. The pain of angina is due to a shortage of oxygen to the heart.High blood pressure can have many different causes including kidney disease, hardening of the arteries and some hormone imbalances. However, the vast majority of people with high blood pressure have no identifiable cause for it. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems such as a stroke or heart attack.Your doctor may have prescribed these medicines for another reason.Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why these medicines have been prescribed for you.

There is no evidence that these medicines are addictive.

These medicines are available only with a doctor's prescription.

Before you take these medicines

When you must not take them:

Do not take these medicines:
1. if you have an allergy to:
Diltiazem hydrochloride or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:
asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
hives, itching or skin rash
2. if you are pregnant, or intend to become pregnant.

These medicines may affect your developing baby if they are taken during pregnancy.
3. if you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.

The active ingredient of these medicines passes into breast milk and may affect your baby.
4. if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or if tablets or capsules do not look quite right.
5. if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.

If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.If you are not sure whether you should start taking these medicines, contact your doctor.

Do not give these medicines to a child. The safety and effectiveness of these medicines have not been established in children.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor:
1. if you have any allergies to:
any other medicines
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
2. if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.

Vasocardol CD capsules and Vasocardol tablets should not be used during pregnancy.
3. if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

Your doctor will discuss this situation with you. A decision will have to be made whether to discontinue breast-feeding or discontinue therapy taking into consideration the importance of the medicine.
4. if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Sick sinus syndrome
Second or third degree AV block
Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Heart attack or other heart-related complications
Impaired renal (kidney) or hepatic (liver) function

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor 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 may interfere with Vasocardol CD capsules or Vasocardol tablets. These include:
Some other medicines for your heart or high blood pressure (eg. beta blockers, digoxin, amiodarone)
Cyclosporin which you may have been given after an operation or because of rheumatoid arthritis
Cimetidine (for ulcer or reflux)
Diazepam (for depression, alcohol withdrawal or anxiety)
Inhaled anaesthetic agents such as halothane, isoflurane, enflurane (for surgery)
Simvastatin, lovastatin (for lowering your blood cholesterol) Vasocardol CD capsules or Vasocardol tablets may themselves be affected, or they may affect how well these medicines work. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.

Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid whilst taking Vasocardol CD capsules or Vasocardol tablets.How to take these medicinesHow much to take

Vasocardol CD capsules can be taken once a day, preferably at the same time every day. Vasocardol tablets can be taken three or four times a day. Your doctor will tell you how often and how much Vasocardol CD or Vasocardol tablets to take. Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. Write them down if necessary.

If you do not understand the instructions on the packaging of these medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How to take it

Swallow the capsules or the tablets with a glass of water. Do not chew them.

When to take it

Take these medicines at the same time(s) every day.

How long to take it

If you are not sure how long to take your medicine, talk to your doctor.

If you forget to take it

If you are taking these medicines for angina, do not suddenly stop taking them since this can cause severe angina for a day or two.

If you forget to take a dose and 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 it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets or capsules as you would normally.

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

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

If you take too much (overdose)

If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of these medicines, immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (Australia telephone 13 11 26, New Zealand telephone 0800 764766), or go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.

If you take too much of these medicines, you may:
feel continuously light headed or dizzy
notice your heart beating very slowly
feel pain, which could be severe, in your left arm and chest.

If any of these occur, you should get medical attention immediately.

While you are using these medicines

Things you must do

Take these medicines exactly as your doctor has prescribed.

If you do not follow your doctor's instructions, you may not get relief from your attacks of angina, or your blood pressure may not be as well controlled as it could be.

If you are taking these medicines for angina, tell your doctor if you continue to have angina attacks or if they become more frequent.

Tell all your doctors, dentists and pharmacists that you are taking these medicines.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Vasocardol CD capsules or Vasocardol tablets if you are about to be started on any new medicine.

Things you must not do

Do not use these medicines to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Do not give these medicines to anyone else, even if his or her symptoms seem similar to yours. As mentioned previously, if you are taking these medicines for angina, do not suddenly stop taking your medicine since this can cause severe angina for a day or two.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how these medicines affect you. These medicines may cause dizziness and fainting in some patients, especially when you first start to use them. Make sure you know how you react to these medicines before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if this happens to you.

Be careful not to overdo physical activities when you first start using these medicines. You may feel better when you start taking these medicines, but you will need time to improve your physical fitness.

Get up slowly when getting out of bed or standing up if you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint. If this is a problem and it gets worse or continues, talk to your doctor.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using these medicines. These medicines help most people with angina, and Vasocardol CD will help control most people's blood pressure, but they may have unwanted effects in a few people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but 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 any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
swelling or flushing (feeling hot suddenly)
rash or an itchy, burning or prickly sensation
small round, raised itchy areas on the skin
weakness or tiredness

These side effects are usually mild.Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
you feel continuously light headed or dizzy
you notice your heart beating irregularly, slowly or very quickly
you feel pain, which may be severe, in your left arm and chest
you have blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose or genitals
you have skin reactions such as red, painful or itchy spots, blisters or peeling of the skin.

These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

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

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything in this section.

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

After taking these medicines


Keep these medicines in their container until it is time to take them. If you take the medicine out of its container it may not keep well.

Keep these medicines in a cool, dry place where it stays below 25°C. Do not store them, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave them in the car or on a windowsill. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep this medicine where young 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 your Vasocardol medication, or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets or capsules that are left over.Product descriptionWhat your medicine looks like

Vasocardol CD capsules are available in plastic bottles of 30 capsules. All doses (180 mg, 240 mg and 360 mg) are two component capsules:
The 180 mg capsules are dark blue and light aqua blue.
The 240 mg capsules are dark blue.
The 360mg capsules are white and light blue.

Vasocardol tablets are supplied in plastic bottles of 90 tablets. The tablets are light yellow, speckled, round and biconvex. The word "Marion" is engraved on one side of the tablet while the other side is scored and engraved with "1772".Ingredients

Vasocardol CD 180 and 240 mg capsules contain: Diltiazem hydrochloride 180 mg or 240 mg, fumaric acid, purified talc, non-pareil seeds (sucrose), colloidal silica, white beeswax, ethylcellulose, castor oil, stearic acid, methacrylic acid copolymers, tributyl acetylcitrate, simethicone, gelatin, brilliant blue FCF CI 42090, titanium dioxide.

Vasocardol CD 360mg capsules contain: Diltiazem hydrochloride 360mg, non-pareil seed (sucrose), sodium lauryl sulfate, diethyl pthalate, purified talc, methacrylic acid copolymers, tributyl acetylcitrate, simethicone, titanium dioxide, brilliant blue FCF and gelatin capsules.

Vasocardol CD capsules do not contain lactose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Vasocardol tablets contain: Diltiazem hydrochloride 60 mg, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, silica-colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate, methyl hydroxybenzoate, sunset yellow FCF CI 15985 CI, quinoline yellow CI 47005 CI and a film-coating.

Vasocardol tablets do not contain sucrose, gluten or tartrazine.


Vasocardol CD capsules and Vasocardol tablets are distributed by:Aventis Pharma Pty Limited
12-24 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park
NSW 2113

Aventis Pharma Ltd
Auckland, New Zealand

Australian Registration Numbers:

Vasocardol CD capsules:

180 mg: AUST R 68922
240 mg: AUST R 68925
360 mg: AUST R 75253

Vasocardol tablets:

60 mg: AUST R 73180

Date of Preparation: July 2006
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