WHAT IS AURONAL AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR
Auronal is used to treat mild to moderate hypertension and angina to prevent crises. Auronal is part of the group of calcium channel blockers with mainly vascular effects.
BEFORE YOU TAKE AURONAL
Do not use Auron – If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to felodipine, other medicines of the dihydropyridine class or any of the other components of Auronal; – If you have untreated heart failure; – If you are diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction or have had a myocardial infarction (heart attack) in the last month; – If you have unstable angina; – If you are pregnant; – If you are diagnosed with aortic stenosis with clinical manifestations.
Take special care with Auronal
Ask your doctor if you are one of the following situations: – You have impaired liver function; – Suffer from heart failure; – Have low blood pressure. Children No clinical experience of felodipine administration in children, is not recommended at this category of patients.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription, especially if you received treatment with one of the following drugs: – Carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital (medicines used to treat epilepsy (seizures), – Rifampicin, erythromycin (antibiotic), – Preparations of St. John’s Wort plane, – Ketoconazole or itraconazole (medicines used to treat diseases caused by fungi) – Protease inhibitors used in HIV therapy. – Tacrolimus (medicines used to suppress the immune system) – Cimetidine (a medicine used to treat peptic ulcers),
Use Auronal with food and drink
In some cases the consumption of grapefruit juice can increase the effect of felodipine, so its consumption should be avoided during treatment.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. Do not take felodipine during pregnancy because there may be affected fetus. Ask your doctor if you got pregnant while taking felodipine or planning to become pregnant. Felodipine is excreted in breast milk. Because it is not known if this affects in any way the child should stop breastfeeding while taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Felodipine may decrease the speed of reaction, as dizziness and fatigue may occur when taking this medicine. Patients should be advised that treatment initiation or dose adjustment periods, depending on the reactivity of individual-not recommended for driving or operating machinery.
HOW TO USE AURONAL
Auronal should be always taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. Auronal extended-release tablet should be taken once a day, preferably morning. The drug lasts 24 hours. We recommend swallowing the tablet with water, the tablet should not be chewed or crushed. Extended-release tablet can be taken on an empty stomach or after a light meal. If you have hypertension, the dose should be adjusted individually according to the response to treatment. Treatment is initiated with a dose of 5 mg once a day and usually continue with 5-10 mg per day. In some cases your doctor may increase to a maximum daily dose 20 mg. If you have angina, the dose should be adjusted individually according to your health. Treatment is initiated with a dose of 5 mg once daily, and can be increased, if necessary, 10 mg once a day. If you are over 65 or suffer from liver disease, your doctor may prescribe an initial dose of 2.5 mg. If you use more than you should Auronal If you take too much Auronal, contact your doctor or nearest hospital. If you forget to use Auronal Do not take a double dose for a forgotten dose. Take your next dose, regular schedule. If you stop using Auronal Do not stop or reduce the dose without your doctor.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Auronal can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most adverse reactions are due to dilation of small arteries and that is a sign that Auronal has the effect of lowering blood pressure. They may occur early in treatment, in the first week or in connection with an increase in dose and usually disappear on their own. Common (affects more than 1 person in 100): headache, flushing associated with a feeling of warmth, swelling of the ankles. Uncommon: fatigue, dizziness, nausea, increased heart rate, palpitations, stomach pain, redness with / without itching, sensation of “needles” (tingling) in the skin. Rare (in more than one person in 1000): vomiting, hives, impotence, fainting due to too low blood pressure associated with increased heart rate, which in susceptible individuals with angina heart can cause heart pain. If this occurs, contact your doctor immediately. Very rare: allergic reactions manifested by fever or swelling of lips and tongue, extrasystoles, increased sensitivity to sunlight, skin inflammation, increased blood sugar, alteration of liver function tests, increased need to urinate, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), swollen gums (gingival hyperplasia). Good mouth hygiene will prevent swelling or appearance will improve. If there is swelling of the face, tongue and / or neck and / or have trouble swallowing or hives occur with difficulty breathing (angioedema) immediately stop using Auronal and contact your doctor.
HOW TO STORE AURONAL
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Do not use Auronal after expiration date printed on the pack after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Although it is not commonly prescribed in the United States, Auronal is used in other countries to treat hypertension and angina. The active ingredient in Auronal is felodipine, a calcium channel blocker that widens the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. This oral medication comes in tablet form in doses of 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg.
How to Take Auronal
When taken for high blood pressure, the usual adult dosage is 5 mg taken in the morning. However, doses may start as low as 2.5 mg and can increase up to 10 mg daily. If the drug is taken to treat angina, the usual dosage is 5 mg taken in the morning. This may increase to 10 mg daily. Take Auronal with food or drink as directed by your doctor. Do not drink grapefruit juice when taking this medication. Grapefruit juice may reduce the effectiveness of calcium antagonists such as Auronal. Do not crush or chew the tablets. The drug lasts for 24 hours and should be taken at the same time every day.
Common side effects include headache, flushed feeling and swelling of the ankles. Uncommon side effects include weakness, dizziness, palpitations, heartburn, nausea, constipation, skin rash, dry mouth, upset stomach, joint pain, increased heart rate and a feeling of warmth. Talk to your doctor if you notice these symptoms. Rare but serious side effects include swelling of the lips, tongue or throat followed by difficulty swallowing or breathing. Fainting may occur. These symptoms require urgent medical attention.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Auronal. The drug is expressed in breast milk. It is not intended for use in children. Patients with heart disease or hypertension should discuss these conditions with their doctors before taking this medication. Do not take this medication if you are allergic to felodipine or other dihydropyridine medications. Talk to your doctor before taking Auronal if you have impaired liver function.
Avoid operating heavy machinery when taking this drug. Felodipine, the active ingredient, may cause delayed reaction time, dizziness and fatigue, particularly when first starting treatment or adjusting dosages.
The following drugs may interact with Auronal: cimetidine, erythromycin, barbiturates, phenytoin, and carbamazepine. If you take any of these medications, tell your doctor. You may need a reduced or increased dose of Auronal. Tell your doctor if you are currently taking or have recently taken seizure medications, antibiotics, fungal medications, protease inhibitors, drugs that suppress the immune system, ulcer medications or St. John’s Wort.
Missed Dose or Overdose
If you forget to take a dose, wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not double up on doses. If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or your nearest emergency room. Do not stop or reduce the dose of this medication without first consulting with your doctor.