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What is Betac and what it is used for
Betac is one of a group of medicines called cardioselective beta-blockers.
Betac is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) or a certain type of chest pain known as angina.
2. What you need to know before you take Betac
Do not take Betac
if you are allergic to betaxolol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
if you have heart disease (other than what you take Betac for)
if you are taking any medicines known as floctafenin or sultopride.
Warnings and precautions
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking Betak if:
You have asthma or other lung disease
You have diabetes and you are on insulin
You have liver or kidney disease
You have thyroid problems
You're with glaucoma
You have psoriasis.
If any of the above apply to you, consult your doctor who will decide what to do.
In the case of surgery, you must inform the anesthesiologist that you are taking Betac.
Other Medicines and Betac
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines.
It is especially important to inform your doctor if you are taking:
Other medicines for lowering blood pressure
Blood sugar lowering medications
Medicines for the treatment of heart disease, such as vasodilators.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Betac can affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Betak contains lactose monohydrate. If you have been told by your doctor that you have lactose intolerance, consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. How to take Betac
Always take Betac exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take and when to take it.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, the recommended adult dose is 20 mg daily.
In case of severe renal failure, dosing should usually be started with 5 milligrams once a day. The dose may be increased by 5 milligrams every two weeks to reach the maximum recommended dose of 20 milligrams daily.
In the case of chronic hemodialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis), the recommended starting dose is 5 mg / day. Subsequently, it is recommended that the dose be increased by 5 milligrams every two weeks to a maximum dose of 20 milligrams daily.
In case of hepatic insufficiency, the usual adult dose is 20 mg daily.
Elderly patients should start treatment with lower-dose betaxolol, the usual starting dose being 5 mg once daily.
Betac is not recommended in children and adolescents (under 18 years of age).
If you take more Betak than you should
If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, contact your nearest emergency department or inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Remember to take the pack and all the other pills with you. Overdose can cause dizziness, weakness and low blood pressure.
If you forget to take Betac
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if the time is right for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your usual dosing regimen. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Betac
It is very important that you continue to take the medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. Do not stop it if you feel better.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very serious side effects (rare):
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking these tablets:
Swelling of the lips, face, mouth, tongue and throat
Irregular heartbeat or changes in your heart rate
Severe dizziness or weakness.
Common side effects (not requiring immediate medical intervention):
nausea, abdominal pain
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes all possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
5. How to store Betac
Keep this medicine out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25 ° C in the original package in order to protect the tablets from light and moisture.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not dispose of medicines in sewage or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Betac contains
The active substance is betaxolol (such as hydrochloride). Each tablet contains betaxolol hydrochloride 20 mg.
Other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, cellulose, microcrystalline, sodium starch glucolate, silica, colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), poly (vinyl alcohol), talc, lecithin, xanthan gum.
What Betac looks like and contents of the pack
Betac 20 mg film-coated tablets are white, round, convex film-coated tablets with a dividing line.
The tablet can be divided into two equal doses.
Betac 20 mg film-coated tablets are available in blister packs.
Cardboard boxes of 30, 50 and 100 tablets are available.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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