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Trimetazidine

Last updated on 06/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Trimetazidine

CHINESE NAME: 曲美他嗪

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Vastarel 維爽力

DRUG CLASS: Antianginal agents

SUB CLASS: fatty acid oxidation inhibitors

USED FOR: Prevention of angina, Cardiovascular risk reduction

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 20 mg (tablets)
– 35 mg (modified-release tablets)

What is Trimetazidine for?

Trimetazidine belongs to a class of medications called fatty acid oxidation inhibitors. It regulates the metabolism of heart muscle cells to prevent lack of oxygen supply to the heart, which causes angina. Trimetazidine can therefore be used to prevent angina, and reduce cardiovascular risk.

How to use it?

Trimetazidine can be taken orally as conventional tablets or modified-release tablets. You can choose to take 20 mg conventional tablets three times a day, or take 35 mg modified-release tablets twice daily. Both forms of tablets should be taken with food, and should not be crushed or chewed.

What are the side effects of Trimetazidine?

Common side effects of Trimetazidine include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fatigue.

Who should not take Trimetazidine?

– People who are allergic to Trimetazidine or any component of the formulation
– Patients with Parkinson’s disease, parkinsonian symptoms, tremors, restless leg syndrome, or other movement disorders
– Patients with several kidney problems

Pharmacist Tips:

– This drug should not be used as a treatment for angina. In the event of an angina attack, inform your doctor.
– Avoid driving or operating machinery as taking this medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. 

Common dosing schedule:
You should take Trimetazidine with food.

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

Some common medications Trimetazidine may interact with:
– Bromopride
Metoclopramide

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

Where to buy Trimetazidine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Trimetazidine 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 Trimetazidine 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.