Adesan HCT 16/12.5 is used to treat high blood pressure.
Candesartan cilexetil is a type of medicine called an angiotensin II - receptor antagonist. It mainly works by causing relaxation of blood vessels.
Hydrochlorothiazide is a type of medicine called a diuretic. It works by reducing the amount of excess fluid in the body.
Using these two medicines together will lower your blood pressure more than using either one on its own.
Your doctor will have explained why you are being treated with Adesan HCT 16/12.5 and told you what dose to take.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for another use. Ask your doctor if you want more information.
There is no evidence that Adesan HCT 16/12.5 is addictive.
Do not use Adesan HCT 16/12.5 if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not use Adesan HCT 16/12.5 if you have:
Do not use Adesan HCT 16/12.5 if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.
It may affect your baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not use Adesan HCT 16/12.5 if you are breastfeeding.
Your baby can take in Adesan HCT 16/12.5 from breast milk if you are breastfeeding.
Do not give Adesan HCT 16/12.5 to children.
There is no information about its use in children.
Do not use Adesan HCT 16/12.5 after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions:
If you have not told you doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Adesan HCT 16/12.5 may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Adesan HCT 16/12.5 or may affect how it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
This may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
The usual dose is one tablet once daily, taken whole with a glass of water.
Take Adesan HCT 16/12.5 once a day, at about the same time each day.
Keeping a regular time for taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5 will help to remind you to take it.
It does not matter whether you take Adesan HCT 16/12.5 with food or on an empty stomach.
Adesan HCT 16/12.5 helps control your condition, but does not cure it. Therefore, you must take Adesan HCT 16/12.5 every day. Continue taking the tablets as long as your doctor tells you to.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is at least 12 hours before your next dose is due.
Then go back to taking it as you would normally.
If it is less than 12 hours to your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next does when you are meant to.
Do not double the dose.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Australian Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital immediately if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Adesan HCT 16/12.5 even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you take too many Adesan HCT 16/12.5 you will probably get a headache, feel sick (nausea), dizzy, thirsty and very tired.
Take Adesan HCT 16/12.5 exactly as your doctor has told you to.
Your blood pressure will not be well controlled if you do not.
Tell your doctors if you have excessive vomiting or diarrhoea while taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
You may lose too much water and your blood pressure may become too low.
Tell your doctor, dentist and pharmacist who are treating you that you are taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while you are taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
It may affect your baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not use it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Move slowly when getting out of bed or standing up if you feel faint, dizzy or light-headed.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Adesan HCT 16/12.5 affects you.
You may feel dizzy when you start taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5 due to the drop in your blood pressure.
Drink plenty of water while you are using Adesan HCT 16/12.5, especially if you sweat a lot.
Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these possibilities if you think they may bother you.
By following these simple measures, you can further reduce the risk from heart disease.
Know warning signs of heart attack and what to do:
If you have heart attack warning signs that are severe, get worse or last for 10 minutes even if they are mild, call triple zero (000). Every minute counts.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
Adesan HCT 16/12.5 helps most people with high blood pressure, 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.
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:
These are all mild side effects of Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
The following side effects have been reported very rarely by patients taking candesartan cilexetil: palpitations, agitation, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping (insomnia), drowsiness (somnolence), nervousness, nightmare and sleep disorder. It is not known if these side effects are caused by candesartan cilexetil.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5 and tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects. If you have them, you may have had a serious reaction to Adesan HCT 16/12.5. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
These side effects are very rare.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Some people may get other side effects while taking Adesan HCT 16/12.5.
Keep your medicine in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take Adesan HCT 16/12.5 out of the blister pack it will not keep well.
Keep it in a cool, dry place and protect from light, where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on window sills or in the car on hot days.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it 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.
Ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine you have left over if your doctor tells you to stop taking them, or you find that the expiry date has passed.
Adesan HCT 16/12.5 tablets are peach colour, mottled, round, biconvex tablet debossed with "M" on one side and "CH2" on the other.
Adesan HCT 16/12.5 is available in blister packs of 30's.
Each Adesan HCT 16/12.5 tablet contains active ingredient candesartan cilexetil 16 mg and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg.
The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: