What is LONITAB 5MG?
LONITAB 10MG contains minoxidil which belongs to a group of medicines called ‘vasodilators’
What LONITAB 10MG is used for?
LONITAB 10MG can be used to treat very high blood pressure (hypertension) and works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood passes through them more easily which helps to lower blood pressure
Warning & Precautions
Talk to Doctor Pregnancy & Breast Feeding Children & Adolescents Driving & Using Machines
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine, if you:
are allergic to minoxidil or any of the other ingredients of this medicine have high blood pressure is caused by hormones from a tumour (phaeochromocytoma), usually near the kidneys have heart failure have ever had a heart attack suffer from kidney failure and undergoing haemodialysis
LONITAB 10MG passes into breast milk and is not recommended if you are breast-feeding unless your doctor thinks it is necessary If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine
For children of 12 and under, the dose depends on their weight, but they should not be given more than 1 mg per kilogram of body weight each day The starting dose is normally 0.2 mg each day for each kilogram of their weight The daily dose of minoxidil will be determined by the specialist and it may be adjusted according to the child’s needs
LONITAB 10MG may make you feel faint or dizzy, particularly when you first start treatment, or your dose is increased If affected do not drive or operate machines
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Tell your doctor about any other medicine you are taking especially,
medicine to reduce your high blood pressure guanethidine or betanidine
Directions & For Use
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you Swallow LONITAB 10MG whole with water The score line is not intended for breaking the tablet
Adults and children over the age of 12
Your doctor might change your daily dose gradually to get the best results There should be at least three days between each change of dose The usual starting dose of LONITAB 5MG for adults and children aged over 12 years is 5 mg each day The dose can be increased to 20 mg and then 40 mg as single or divided doses if required for optimum blood pressure control It is unusual to need more than 50 mg a day in adults and children aged over 12 years In very rare instances your doctor can decide to use up to a maximum of 100 mg
For adults over 65, the usual starting dose is 2.5 mg each day
Patients on dialysis
If you are on dialysis you may need a lower dose, even though dialysis can remove LONITAB 10MG from your blood Do not take your tablets in the two hours before your dialysis session Take them after the dialysis, or more than two hours before
If you take more LONITAB
If you take too many tablets, tell your doctor straight away. If you feel faint or dizzy, or your skin gets unusually cold and pale, you may need to go to hospital
If you forget to take LONITAB
If you forget to take a tablet, miss out the forgotten dose completely and take the next dose at the normal time Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
If you stop taking LONITAB
Do not stop taking your medicine or alter the dose you are currently taking without seeing your doctor first
Like all medicines, LONITAB 10MG can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
feel faint or dizzy, especially when you stand up notice that your ankles get puffy, or your rings get tight, or you put on weight or body could hold on to more water than normal may find that you get more wheezy, breathless and tired, especially if you already have a weak heart may notice angina (usually pains in your chest) for the first time, or if you have angina already it could get worse
accumulation of fluid around the heart compression of the heart due to a buildup of fluid fluid retention increased heart rate inflammation of the lining that surrounds the heart abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) increased hair growth hair colour changes
decrease in white blood cells reduction in blood platelets, which increases risk of bleeding or bruising serious illness with blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson syndrome) inflammation and blistering of the skin, rash
Additional Information Storage
If you have an ECG test (to check the electrical activity of your heart) or any blood tests, remind your doctor that you are taking LONITAB 5MG, as it can change the results
Keep this medicine out of reach of children Do not use this medicine after the expiry date Store at room temperature (15-25ºC) Do not use if the package is damaged or shows signs of tampering.
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