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Indapamide

Last updated on 12/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Indapamide

CHINESE NAME: 吲達帕胺

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Natrilix 樂適利

DRUG CLASS: Antihypertensives, Diuretics

SUB CLASS: Thiazide-like diuretics

USED FOR: High blood pressure, oedema

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 1.5 mg, 2.5 mg (tablets)
– 1.5 mg (prolonged-release tablets)

What is Indapamide for?

Indapamide belongs to a class of medications called thiazide-like diuretics. It works by balancing the amount of salt and water in your body resulting in an increase in the volume of your urine output. Indapamide can be used to treat oedema and high blood pressure.

How to use it?

Indapamide is taken by mouth as tablets. It may be taken with or without food. Take diuretics before midday (morning or early afternoon) to avoid excessive urination overnight.

High blood pressure
Adult
Immediate release tablets: 1.25-2.5 mg once daily.
Prolonged-release tablets: 1.5 mg once daily.

Oedema
Adult
Initially 2.5 mg once daily, may increase to 5 mg daily after 1 week if necessary.

What are the side effects of Indapamide?

Common side effects of Indapamide include dizziness, electrolyte imbalance (low potassium), fatigue, headache, metabolic alkalosis, muscle spasms, and nausea. If you are also taking other blood pressure-lowering medications and have intravascular volume depletion, you may also experience postural hypotension, that is your blood pressure falls when you stand up from sitting or lying down.

Who should not take Indapamide?

– People allergic to Indapamide or any ingredient of the formulation
– People who are allergic to sulfonamide medications
– Patients with anuria (reduced urine production)

Pharmacist Tips:

– This medication may cause photosensitivity. Use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
– Continue taking Indapamide even when you feel well.
– Avoid alcohol while taking this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Indapamide may be taken with or without food. Do not take Indapamide in the late afternoon to avoid going to the toilet while sleeping.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Indapamide may interact with:
– Lithium
– Amiodarone
– Other medicines for treating hypertension, such as nitrates and calcium channel blockers
– Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, Ketorolac, Mefenamic Acid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Indapamide in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Indapamide is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Indapamide in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.