Teveten

What TEVETEN is used for

The name of your medicine is TEVETEN, which is also known as eprosartan.

TEVETEN lowers high blood pressure, which doctors call hypertension.

There are usually no symptoms of hypertension. The only way of knowing if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.

TEVETEN belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin-II receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of a substance called angiotensin II. As a result, TEVETEN helps relax the blood vessels and helps lower your blood pressure.

Your doctor may have prescribed TEVETEN for another use.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why TEVETEN has been prescribed for you.

There is no evidence that TEVETEN is addictive.

There is no specific information available to recommend the use of TEVETEN in children.

Before you take TEVETEN

When you must not take TEVETEN

Do not take TEVETEN if:

you have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients listed in the Ingredients section of this leaflet.
Signs of allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have taken TEVETEN before and became unwell.
you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
you are breastfeeding, or wish to breastfeed.
the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Before you start to take TEVETEN

Tell your doctor if:

you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine that you have taken previously to treat your high blood pressure.
you have allergies to any substances, such as dyes, foods or preservatives.
you have any of these medical conditions:
liver problems
kidney problems
heart problems
you have experienced recent excessive vomiting or diarrhoea.
you are on a salt restricted diet.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken any other medicines recently. These include OTC (over-the-counter) medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

In particular, tell your doctor if you are already taking medicines to lower your blood pressure. Some medicines may affect the way other medicines work.

Some medicines can increase the effect of TEVETEN to reduce blood pressure. If your doctor has prescribed another medicine in addition to TEVETEN to lower your blood pressure, you may need to take different amounts of TEVETEN.

Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you more about which medicines can be taken with TEVETEN.

How to take TEVETEN

Follow your doctor's instructions about how and when to take TEVETEN.

Read the directions on the label carefully. If you have any concerns about how to take TEVETEN, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

How much to take

Follow the directions your doctor has given you on how many tablets to take each day.

These will be printed on the pharmacy label on the box.

The usual starting dose of TEVETEN is one (600 mg) tablet per day. However, some people may need a lower starting dose. Your doctor may recommend a lower starting dose if you have liver or kidney problems, or if you are over 60 years of age, dehydrated or on diuretics (fluid tablets).

Depending on how your blood pressure responds, your dosage may be increased by your doctor slowly over several weeks up to 800 mg daily. TEVETEN can take 2 to 3 weeks to work fully.

How to take it

Swallow TEVETEN tablets with a full glass of water or another liquid.

TEVETEN tablets can be taken with or without food. Do not chew the tablets.

Take TEVETEN regularly at the same time each day.

Taking your medicine at the same time each day will give the best effect. It will also help you to remember when to take your medicine.

How long to take it

Continue taking TEVETEN for as long as your doctor prescribes it.

TEVETEN helps control your high blood pressure, but does not cure it. Therefore, TEVETEN must be taken every day.

If you forget to take it

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 tablets as you would normally.

DO NOT take two doses within 6 hours of each other.

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)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26 or New Zealand 0800 764766) for advice or go to Accident & Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much TEVETEN. Do this even if there are no signs or symptoms of overdosing.

If possible, show the doctor the pack of tablets.

While you are using TEVETEN

Things you must do

Be sure to keep all your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked.

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

If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get up slowly.

Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are taking TEVETEN, especially if you sweat a lot.

If you feel faint or light-headed during exercise or hot weather, speak to your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you have excessive vomiting and/or diarrhoea while taking TEVETEN.

If you are about to be started on a new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking TEVETEN.

If you plan to have surgery (even at the dentist) that requires a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking TEVETEN.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking TEVETEN without checking with your doctor.

Do not use TEVETEN to treat any other complaints, unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give TEVETEN to anyone else even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how TEVETEN affects you.

As with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure, TEVETEN may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people, especially after the first dose or when your dose is changed.

Make sure you know how you react to TEVETEN before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy.

Side effects

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking TEVETEN, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.

TEVETEN helps most people with high blood pressure, however, like other medicines TEVETEN may cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • headache, dizziness
  • cough, sore throat
  • muscle aches and pains

These are common side effects of TEVETEN and are usually mild.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • hives or itching (especially of the hands)
  • reddening of the skin (especially around the ears)
  • other unusual skin reactions that worry you.

These are serious side effects and may be symptoms of an allergic reaction. Allergy to TEVETEN is rare.

If any of the following occur, stop taking TEVETEN and contact your doctor immediately, or go to Accident & Emergency at your nearest hospital:

  • swelling of limbs, face, eyes, inside the nose, mouth or throat.
  • shortness of breath, breathing or swallowing difficulties.
  • unusual tiredness or weakness that is sudden and severe.

These are very serious side effects and may indicate a serious allergic reaction. These side effects are rare.

All possible side effects of TEVETEN may not be currently known.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other effects.

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

After using TEVETEN

Storage

Keep your tablets in the original pack until it is time to take them.
Keep the pack in a cool dry place (below 25°C). Do not store it in the bathroom, near the sink, or leave it in the car on hot days.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children, such as in a locked cupboard one-and-a-half metres above the ground.

Disposal

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

Product description

What it looks like

TEVETEN 400 mg tablets - Oval-shaped, pink, film coated tablet marked with "5044" on one side. Packs of 14 or 28 tablets.

TEVETEN 600 mg tablets - White, film coated capsule-shaped tablet marked with "5046" on one side. Packs of 7 or 28 tablets.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in TEVETEN is eprosartan mesylate.

The inactive ingredients in all TEVETEN tablets are:

  • lactose
  • microcrystalline cellulose
  • pregelatinised maize starch
  • magnesium stearate
  • titanium dioxide
  • hypromellose
  • macrogol 400
  • polysorbate 80.

Each tablet strength also contains various other ingredients as follows:

  • 400 mg: croscarmellose sodium, iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red
  • 600 mg: crospovidone

TEVETEN tablets do not contain tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Supplier

TEVETEN is supplied in Australia by:

Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd

32-34 Lord Street

Botany NSW 2019

This leaflet was prepared in October 2012.

Australian Registration Numbers:

400 mg: AUST R 64400.

600mg: AUST R 73779.

TEVETEN is a registered trademark