(Pentoxifylline) Sustained Release Tablets
This leaflet is part III of a three-part “Product Monograph” published for Trental® and is designed specifically for Consumers. This leaflet is a summary and will not tell you everything about Trental. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the drug.
ABOUT THIS MEDICATION
What the medication is used for:
What it does:
Trental belongs to a group of medicines known as vasoactive drugs which improve peripheral blood flow and thus
enhances peripheral tissue oxygenation.
When it should not be used:
Do not use Trental if:
- You are allergic to it or other xanthine such as caffeine, theophylline and theobromine and to any of the components of its formulation.
- You have any heart disease
- You have uncontrolled bleeding or are at risk of such
- You have peptic (stomach) ulcers
What the medicinal ingredient is:
What the nonmedicinal ingredients are:
Benzyl alcohol, FD&C red no.3 (colouring agent), hydoxyethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 8000, povidone, talc, titanium dioxide.
What dosage forms it comes in:
Sustained released tablets of 400 mg
BEFORE you use Trental talk to your health provider if:
- You have liver disease or disorder
- You have kidney disease or disorder
- You have coagulation disorder
- You are pregnant
- You are a nursing mother
- You have low or labile blood pressure
- You have severe cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rate)
- You have diabetes
Almost all patients can drive or operate machinery while taking Trental, but you should not perform these tasks, which may require attention, until you know how you tolerate your medicine.
INTERACTIONS WITH THIS MEDICATION
Sometimes drugs can interact with other drugs, so tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications, including prescription, non-prescription and natural health products. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Drugs to reduce blood pressure (eg. ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonist)
- Sympathomimetics (eg amphetamines)
- Medication for asthma (eg. theophylline)
- Medication for diabetes
- Anticoagulants (eg. heparin, warfarin)
- Erythromycin (an antibiotic)
- Medication to treat ulcers (eg. cimetidine)
PROPER USE OF THIS MEDICATION
This drug is specifically prescribed for you. Do not give it to others, even if they have the same symptoms, and you yourself must not use it for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed.
It is important that you take Trental as prescribed by your doctor.
Usually your doctor will prescribe Trental tablets at a dose of 400 mg twice or three times daily, which will be individualized based on your condition.
A maximum of 400 mg three times daily should not be exceeded.
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water after meals. You should always respect the prescribed interval between the doses. Never change the dose of Trental you are taking unless your doctor tells you to.
In case of drug overdose, contact a health professional, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
If you go to the doctor or the hospital, take the Trental container with you.
SIDE EFFECTS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
Along with its beneficial effects, Trental like all other drugs, may sometimes cause undesirable effects. The most frequent ones are:
- nausea, vomiting,
- headache, dizziness (light-headedness),
- abdominal discomfort,
- dyspepsia (heart burns) and
- flushing, and
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, HOW OFTEN THEY HAPPEN AND WHAT TO
DO ABOUT THEM
|Symptom / effect||Talk with your doctor or pharmacist||Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist|
|Only if severe||In all cases|
|Uncommon||Allergic reaction or skin reaction (itching, swelling, red spots and blisters).||yes|
|Uncommon||Abnormal bleeding (bleeding around your eyes or blood in your stool).||yes|
This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking Trental, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO STORE IT
Store your tablets at room temperature (15° – 30°C). Protect from light. Protect from moisture and excessive heat.
There is an expiration date on the label. Do not use the medicine after this date.
Return any leftover tablets to the pharmacist, unless the doctor tells you to keep them at home.
As with all medicines, keep Trental out of reach of children.
REPORTING SUSPECTED SIDE EFFECTS
You can report any suspected adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following 3 ways:
- Report online at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect
- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
- Complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and:
- Fax toll-free to 1-866-678-6789, or
- Mail to:
Canada Vigilance Program
Postal Locator 0701D
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Postage paid labels, Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines are available on the MedEffect™ Canada Web site at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect .
NOTE: Should you require information related to the management of side effects, contact your health professional. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.
This document plus the full product monograph, prepared for health professionals, can be found at www.sanofiaventis.ca or by contacting the sponsor, sanofi-aventis Canada Inc., at: 1-800-265-7927
This leaflet was prepared by sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. Last revised: March 30, 2011
Last reviewed on RxList: 7/16/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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