What is it and how is it used?
Rasilez belongs to a new class of medicines called renin inhibitors. Rasilez helps to lower high blood pressure. Renin inhibitors reduce the amount of angiotensin II the body can produce. Angiotensin II causes blood vessels to tighten, which increases the blood pressure. Reducing the amount of angiotensin II allows the blood vessels to relax, which lowers blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart and arteries. If this continues for a long time, it can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart and kidneys, and may result in a stroke, heart failure, heart attack or kidney failure. Lowering the blood pressure to a normal level reduces the risk of developing these disorders.
What do you have to consider before using it?
Do not take Rasilez
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aliskiren or any of the other ingredients of Rasilez. If you think you may be allergic, ask your doctor for advice.
- if you have already experienced angioedema (difficulties in breathing, or swallowing, or swelling of the face, hands and feet, eyes, lips and/or tongue) when taking aliskiren.
- during the last 6 months of pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, see section Pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- if you are taking ciclosporin (a medicine used in transplantation to prevent organ rejection or for other conditions, e.g. rheumathoid arthritis or atopic dermatitis), itraconazole (a medicine used to treat fungal infections) or quinidine (a medicine used to correct heart rhythm).
Take special care with Rasilez
- if you are taking a diuretic (a type of medicine also known as ?water? tablets which increases the amount of urine you produce).
- if you have impaired kidney function.
- if you experience angioedema (difficulties in breathing, or swallowing, or swelling of the face, hands and feet, eyes, lips and/or tongue).
If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before you take Rasilez.
The use of Rasilez in children and adolescents is not recommended.
There are no special dose recommendations for patients aged 65 years or older.
Using 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.
Your doctor may need to change your dose and/or to take other precautions if you are taking one of the following medicines:
- medicines that increase the amount of potassium in your blood. These include potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements.
- furosemide, a medicine belonging to the type known as diuretics, or ?water? tablets, which is used to increase the amount of urine you produce.
- ketoconazole, a medicine used to treat fungal infections.
- verapamil, a medicine used to lower high blood pressure, to correct heart rhythm or to treat angina pectoris.
- certain types of pain killers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs).
Taking Rasilez with food and drink
You should take Rasilez with a light meal once a day, preferably at the same time each day. You should not take Rasilez together with grapefruit juice.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Rasilez if you are pregnant. It is important to talk to your doctor immediately if you think you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Do not breast-feed if you are taking Rasilez.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy and this can affect your ability to concentrate. Before you drive a vehicle, use machinery, or carry out other activities that require concentration, you should make sure you know how you react to the effects of Rasilez.
How is it used?
Always take Rasilez exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
People who have high blood pressure often do not notice any signs of the problem. Many may feel quite normal. It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to get the best results and reduce the risk of side effects. Keep your appointments with the doctor even if you are feeling well.
The usual starting dose is one 150 mg tablet once daily.
Depending on how you respond to the treatment your doctor may prescribe a higher dose of one 300 mg tablet once daily. Your doctor may prescribe Rasilez together with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure.
Method of administration
It is recommended that you take the tablets with some water. You should take Rasilez with a light meal once a day, preferably at the same time each day. You should not take Rasilez together with grapefruit juice.
If you take more Rasilez than you should
If you have accidentally taken too many Rasilez tablets, consult a doctor immediately. You may require medical attention.
If you forget to take Rasilez
If you forget to take a dose of Rasilez, take it as soon as you remember and then take the next dose at its usual time. However, if it is almost time for your next dose you should simply take the next tablet at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
What are possible side effects?
Like all medicines, Rasilez can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (affecting less than 1 in 10 patients): Diarrhoea.
Uncommon (affecting less than 1 in 100 patients): Skin rash, kidney problems, swelling of hands, ankles or feet (peripheral oedema).
Rare (affecting less than 1 in 1,000 patients): Angioedema (difficulties in breathing, or swallowing, or swelling of the face, hands and feet, eyes, lips and/or tongue), increased level of creatinine in the blood.
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 Rasilez after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
What Rasilez contains
- The active substance is aliskiren (as hemifumarate) 150 mg.
- The other ingredients are crospovidone, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, macrogol, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, colloidal anhydrous silica, talc, titanium dioxide (E 171), black iron oxide (E 172), red iron oxide (E 172).
What Rasilez looks like and contents of the pack
Rasilez 150 mg film coated tablets are light-pink, biconvex round tablets, imprinted ?IL? on one side and ?NVR? on the other side.
Rasilez is available in packs containing 7, 14, 28, 30, 50, 56, 84, 90, 98 or 280 tablets. Packs containing 84 (3x28), 98 (2x49) or 280 (20x14) tablets are multi-packs. Not all pack sizes may be available in your country.
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