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Aliskiren - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Rasilez    

Why do I need this medicine?

Aliskiren is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. This medicine helps to keep your blood pressure under control.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Aliskiren exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

This medicine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Aliskiren even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Aliskiren together with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure (e.g. candesartan, captopril, cilazapril, enalapril, eprosartan, fosinopril, imidapril, irbesartan, lisinopril, losartan, moexipril, olmesartan, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, telmisartan, trandolapril, valsartan) if you have diabetes and kidney disease.

This medicine should also not be taken with itraconazole (medicine for fungal infection) and ciclosporin (medicine used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders).

Do not take Aliskiren if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. This medicine may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have congestive heart failure (weakness and inability of the heart to pump blood).

Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests while you are being treated with Aliskiren.

What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Engage in physical activity (e.g. walking) at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. Follow a healthy diet plan by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and reduce your intake of foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Cutting down on deep-fried foods and using less salt when cooking can kick-start your healthy diet.

If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood pressure, heart and overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.

Try to keep stress levels under control as stress will cause your blood pressure to go up.

What side effects could I experience?

Aliskiren may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, diarrhoea, tiredness, cough, back pain, and skin rash.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- muscle weakness, cramping or numbness; fast or irregular heartbeat
- yellowing of the skin and eyes
- rashes with skin peeling or blisters / rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Aliskiren together with other medicines used to treat high blood pressure (e.g. candesartan, captopril, cilazapril, enalapril, eprosartan, fosinopril, imidapril, irbesartan, lisinopril, losartan, moexipril, olmesartan, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, telmisartan, trandolapril, valsartan) if you have diabetes and kidney disease.

This medicine should also not be taken with itraconazole (medicine for fungal infection) and ciclosporin (medicine used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorder e.g. ciclosporin
- certain antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin
- diuretics or “water pills” e.g. furosemide
- rifampicin (medicine for TB)
- St. John's Wort (herbal medicine)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Aliskiren.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and excessive consumption (more than 1 litre a day) of grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Aliskiren - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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