Author: Novartis Europharm Ltd.

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What is it and how is it used?

The active substances of Icandra belong to a group of medicines called ?oral antidiabetics?.

Icandra is used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Type 2 diabetes develops if the body does not make enough insulin or if the insulin that the body makes does not work as well as it should. It can also develop if the body produces too much glucagon.

Both insulin and glucagon are made in the pancreas. Insulin helps to lower the level of sugar in the blood, especially after meals. Glucagon triggers the liver to make sugar, causing the blood sugar level to rise.

Icandra contains two active substances called vildagliptin and metformin. Both of these substances help to control the level of sugar in the blood. The substance vildagliptin works by making the pancreas produce more insulin and less glucagon. The substance metformin works by helping the body to make better use of insulin.


Table of Contents
What do you have to consider before using it?
How is it used?
What are possible side effects?
How should it be stored?
Further information

What do you have to consider before using it?

Do not take Icandra

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to vildagliptin, metformin or any of the other ingredients of Icandra (listed in section 6). If you think you may be allergic to any of these, talk to your doctor before taking Icandra.
  • if you have or have had serious complications of your diabetes, such as diabetic ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes with rapid weight loss, nausea and/or vomiting) or diabetic coma.
  • if you have recently had a heart attack or if you have heart failure or serious problems with your blood circulation or difficulties in breathing which could be a sign of heart problems.
  • if you have kidney problems.
  • if you have a severe infection or are seriously dehydrated (have lost a lot of water from your body).
  • if you are going to have a contrast x-ray (a specific type of x-ray involving an injectable dye). Please also see information about this in section ?Take special care with Icandra?.
  • if you have liver problems.
  • if you drink alcohol excessively (whether every day or only from time to time).
  • if you are breast-feeding (see also ?Pregnancy and breast-feeding?).

Take special care with Icandra
Stop taking this medicine and talk to your doctor if you experience one or more of the following symptoms
which may be related to a condition called ?lactic acidosis?:

  • feeling cold or uncomfortable
  • muscle pain
  • severe nausea or vomiting
  • pain in or around your stomach (abdominal pain)
  • drowsiness or dizziness
  • rapid breathing

If you have previously taken vildagliptin but had to stop taking it because of side effects (liver disease), you should not take this product.

Diabetic skin lesions are a common complication of diabetes. You are advised to follow the recommendations for skin and foot care that you are given by your doctor or nurse. You are also advised to pay particular attention to new onset of blisters or ulcers while taking Icandra. Should these occur, you should promptly consult your doctor.

If you have stopped using Icandra due to surgery (you should stop at least 48 hours before planned surgery with general anesthesia and should not start again until at least 48 hours afterwards) or due to an x-ray involving an injectable dye, talk to your doctor before taking Icandra again.

A test to determine your liver function will be performed before the start of Icandra treatment, at three-month intervals for the first year and periodically thereafter. This is so that signs of increased liver enzymes can be detected as early as possible.

Elderly patients (65-74 years) taking Icandra should have their kidney function monitored regularly. This will happen more often in patients with kidney problems. Icandra is not recommended for patients aged 75 years or older.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This is particularly important if you are already taking any medicine to treat a heart condition or problems with your blood sugar, kidneys or blood pressure such as medicines containing

  • glucocorticoids generally used to treat inflammation
  • beta-2 agonists generally used to treat respiratory disorders
  • other medicines used to treat diabetes
  • diuretics (also called water tablets)
  • ACE inhibitors generally used to treat high blood pressure
  • certain medicines affecting the thyroid, or
  • certain medicines affecting the nervous system.

Taking Icandra with food and drink
Take the tablets either with or just after food. This will lower the risk of an upset stomach.

Avoid alcohol while taking Icandra since alcohol may increase the risk of lactic acidosis (please see section ?Possible side effects?).

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, if you think you might be pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss with you the potential risk of taking Icandra during pregnancy.
  • Do not use Icandra if you are breast-feeding.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
If you feel dizzy while taking Icandra, do not drive or use any tools or machines.


How is it used?

Always take Icandra exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

How much to take

The amount of Icandra that people have to take varies depending on their condition. Your doctor will tell you exactly the dose of Icandra to take.

When and how to take Icandra

  • Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water,
  • Take one tablet in the morning and the other in the evening with or just after food. Taking the tablet just after food will lower the risk of an upset stomach.

Continue to follow any advice about diet that your doctor has given you. In particular, if you are following a diabetic weight control diet, continue with this while you are taking Icandra.

At least once a year, your doctor will check that your kidneys are working normally. Your doctor will test your blood and urine for sugar regularly.

If you take more Icandra than you should

If you take too many Icandra tablets, or if someone else takes your tablets, talk to a doctor or pharmacist immediately. Medical attention may be necessary. If you have to go to a doctor or hospital, take the pack and this leaflet with you.

If you forget to take Icandra
If you forget to take a tablet, take it with your next meal unless you are due to take one then anyway. Do not take a double dose (two tablets at once) to make up for a forgotten tablet.

If you stop taking Icandra
Do not stop taking Icandra unless your doctor tells you to. If you have any questions about how long to take this medicine, talk to your doctor.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Icandra can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

These side effects may occur with certain frequencies, which are defined as follows very common affects more than 1 patient in 10 common affects 1 to 10 patients in 100 uncommon affects 1 to 10 patients in 1,000 rare affects 1 to 10 patients in 10,000 very rare affects less than 1 patient in 10,000 not known frequency cannot be estimated from the available data.

Some symptoms need immediate medical attention

You should stop taking Icandra and see your doctor immediately if you experience the following side effects:

  • Angioedema (rare): Symptoms include swollen face, tongue or throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, sudden onset of rash or hives, which may indicate a reaction called ?angioedema?.
  • Liver disease (hepatitis) (rare): Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, nausea, loss of appetite or dark-coloured urine, which may indicate liver disease (hepatitis).

Other side effects

Some patients have experienced the following side effects while taking Icandra:
Very common:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • pain in and around the stomach (abdominal pain)
  • loss of appetite. Common:
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • trembling that cannot be controlled
  • metallic taste
  • low blood glucose. Uncommon:
  • joint pain
  • tiredness
  • constipation
  • swollen hands, ankle or feet (oedema). Rare:
  • signs of liver disease (hepatitis) Very rare:
  • sore throat, runny nose, fever
  • signs of a high level of lactic acid in the blood (known as lactic acidosis) such as drowsiness or dizziness, severe nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, irregular heart beat or deep, rapid breathing.
  • redness of the skin, itching
  • decreased vitamin B12 levels (paleness, tiredness, mental symptoms such as confusion or memory disturbances).

Since this product has been marketed, the following side effects have also been reported (frequency not known):

  • itchy rash
  • inflammation of the pancreas.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How should it be stored?

  • Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Do not use Icandra after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Store in the original package (blister) in order to protect from moisture.

Further information

What Icandra contains

  • The active substances are vildagliptin and metformin hydrochloride.
  • Each Icandra 50 mg/850 mg film-coated tablet contains 50 mg vildagliptin and 850 mg metformin hydrochloride (corresponding to 660 mg of metformin).
  • Each Icandra 50 mg/1000 mg film-coated tablet contains 50 mg vildagliptin and 1000 mg metformin hydrochloride (corresponding to 780 mg of metformin).
  • The other ingredients are: Hydroxypropylcellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E 171), yellow iron oxide (E 172), macrogol 4000 and talc.

What Icandra looks like and contents of the pack

Icandra 50 mg/850 mg film-coated tablets are yellow, oval tablets with ?NVR? on one side and ?SEH? on the other.
Icandra 50 mg/1000 mg film-coated tablets are dark yellow, oval tablets with ?NVR? on one side and ?FLO? on the other.

Icandra is available in packs containing 10, 30, 60, 120, 180 or 360 film-coated tablets and in multi-packs containing 120 (2x60), 180 (3x60) or 360 (6x60) film-coated tablets. Not all pack sizes and tablet strengths may be available in your country.

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Novartis Europharm Limited
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United Kingdom


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