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What Aldomet is and what it is used for
Aldomet contains the active substance called methyldopa. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘antihypertensives’. Methyldopa is changed inside your body to a natural substance that lowers blood pressure. Your doctor has prescribed Aldomet to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
How to take Aldomet
Always take Aldomet exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
Taking this medicine
You should take this medicine by mouth and exactly as advised by your doctor or pharmacist. The amount you
take each day will depend upon your condition. It is very important to continue taking Aldomet for as long as
your doctor has prescribed. Do not take more or less than your doctor has prescribed.
The usual doses of Aldomet are:
• The usual starting dose for the first two days is 250 mg two or three times a day.
• Your doctor may then change your dose depending on how you respond.
• You should not take more than 3000 mg in a day. The elderly
• The usual starting dose will not be more than 250 mg each day.
• Your doctor may then slowly increase the dose.
• You should not usually take more than 2000 mg in a day. Children The doctor will work out the number of tablets. The dose is based on the weight of the child.
• The usual starting dose is 10 mg for each kg of body-weight each day.
• This dose is taken in two to four doses during the day.
• Your doctor may then change the dose, depending on how the child responds.
• A child will not usually take more than 65 mg for each kg (or 3000 mg a day), whichever is less. If you take more Aldomet than you should If you take too many tablets by mistake, contact your doctor immediately or seek medical attention. If you forget to take Aldomet
• If you forget to take a dose, just carry on with the next dose as normal.
• Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you stop taking Aldomet Do not stop taking Aldomet without talking to your doctor. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Aldomet can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you have any of the following side effects as they are serious and
require medical attention:
• an allergic reaction – symptoms such as shortness of breath, skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of your lips, face or tongue, chills or
• fever or painful joints
• chest pain, slow heart rate, existing angina made worse, problems with the electrical current in the heart (AV block)
• severe skin reactions (such as painful reddening, followed by blistering and peeling of layers of skin)
• liver problems, including jaundice and hepatitis
•signs include yellowing of your skin and eyes, sometimes with a fever, pale stools and dark urine
• pain in the gut and diarrhoea caused by inflammation of the bowel (colitis)
• severe pain in the gut and back caused by inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). The following reactions have also been reported: Blood:
• reduction in red blood cells (anaemia) – this can make your skin pale and make you weak or breathless
• abnormal blood test causing symptoms such as pale skin, tiredness, fever and sore throat
• bruising and prolonged bleeding after injury
• your medicine may alter the numbers and types of your blood cells and cause a rise in urea in the blood Nervous system:
• feeling sleepy or tired
•this may happen at the start of treatment or when the dose is increased, and usually goes away
• headache or feeling weak – this may happen at the start of treatment and usually goes away
• pins and needles
• being unable to move part of your face (paralysis)
• having movements you cannot control
• Parkinsonism – with symptoms such as tremor, a decrease in body movements with an inability to move your muscles
• frequent dizziness or fainting
• dizziness due to low blood pressure and light-headedness (particularly when standing up quickly) Nose and chest:
• nasal stuffiness Stomach and gut:
• feeling sick
• being sick
• abdominal pain
• feeling bloated
• excess wind
• dry mouth
• sore or black tongue Skin and hair:
• skin rash or peeling skin Joints and muscles:
• painful and/or swollen joints
• muscle pains Infections:
• swelling of salivary glands General:
• water retention causing swelling and weight gain
• fever Sexual:
• breast enlargement
• breast development in men
• loss of periods in women
• abnormal production of milk
• changes in sexual function such as impotence and not being able to ejaculate
• decreased sex drive Psychiatric:
• mental changes, including nightmares or depression
• delusions and paranoia
•which will stop when you stop taking this medicine Laboratory tests:
• Your doctor may need to carry out simple blood tests during the first few months of therapy with Aldomet. Results could show:
• a decrease in blood cell production
• an increase in some white blood cells
• abnormal levels of prolactin Aldomet may also interfere with the interpretation of certain blood and urine tests. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Aldomet
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not use the medicine past the expiry date which is stated on the side of the carton after 'Exp'. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not store above 25°C. Blisters: Store in the original package in order to protect from light. Bottles: Keep the container tightly closed in order to protect from light. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
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