The name of your medicine is APO-Trandolapril. It contains the active ingredient trandolapril.
It is used to treat:
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Trandolapril belongs to a group of medicines called Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. It works by relaxing your blood vessels, making it easier for blood to move around your body. This helps lower blood pressure and increase the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
This medicine is not addictive.
This medicine should not be used in children.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are following a low salt diet.
4. You are about to receive desensitisation treatment for an allergy e.g. to insect stings.
5. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant.
6. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breast-feed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding.
7. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
8. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
9. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with trandolapril. These include:
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with trandolapril.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The usual starting dose is 1mg once daily. Depending on how you respond this may be increased by your doctor.
Heart problems (left ventricular dysfunction) following a heart attack
The usual starting dose is 0.5mg once daily, followed by an increase to 1mg once daily, 2mg once daily and 4mg once daily, as directed by your doctor.
The maximum daily dose is 4mg daily.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
Swallow this medicine with water.
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take this medicine before, during or after food.
If you need to take an antacid, take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after your dose of this medicine.
How long to take it
This medicine helps control your condition, but does not cure it.
Therefore you must take this medicine every day. Continue taking the capsules for as long as your doctor tells you.
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 it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine 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 experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
Immediately telephone your doctor or pharmacist or the 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 of this medicine.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much of this medicine, you may feel dizzy, light-headed, weak, have palpitations or faint.
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Drink plenty of water when you are using this medicine, especially if you sweat a lot (e.g. during hot weather or exercise).
If you do not drink enough water while taking this medicine, 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 feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, get up slowly when getting out of bed or standing up.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
If you drink alcohol, dizziness or light-headedness may be worse.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking this medicine or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects and you may need medical attention:
symptoms of sunburn (such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering) which may occur more quickly than normal.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to trandolapril, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store this medicine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car on hot days or on a window sill. 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 this medicine or the capsules have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules are available in four different strengths.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 0.5 mg are orange coloured cap imprinted with 'TR' in black ink and ivory coloured body imprinted with '0.5' in black ink.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 1 mg are orange coloured cap imprinted with 'TR' in black ink and light orange coloured body imprinted with '1' in black ink.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 2 mg are orange coloured cap imprinted with 'TR' in black ink and orange coloured body imprinted with '2' in black ink.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 4 mg are flesh coloured cap imprinted with 'TR' in black ink and flesh coloured body imprinted with '4' in black ink.
Each tablet contains 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg or 4 mg of the active ingredient trandolapril.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine does not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 0.5 mg capsules: AUST R 135959
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 1 mg capsules: AUST R 135968
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 2 mg capsules: AUST R 135978
APO-Trandolapril Capsules 4 mg capsules: AUST R 135985