For high blood pressure: Adalat LA works by relaxing and expanding the blood vessels. This makes the blood flow more easily and lowers blood pressure. Lower blood pressure reduces the strain on your heart.
For angina: Adalat LA works by relaxing and expanding the arteries supplying the heart. This allows more blood and oxygen to reach the heart and decreases the strain on it. Your angina attacks will be less severe and less frequent if there is less strain on the heart.
How to take Adalat LA
Adalat LA is specially formulated so that you only have to take one dose each day.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you
are not sure.
- Dose for high blood pressure: the usual dose is 1 tablet, once a day.
- Dose for angina: the dose depends on your individual requirements. Your doctor will decide how much you should take.
- Swallow the tablets whole. Do not bite, chew or break them – if you do they will not work properly. If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, consult your doctor as he or she may wish to change your medicine.
- Continue to take these tablets for as long as your doctor has told you to.
Take your dose at the same time each day, preferably in the morning.
Take your tablets with a glass of water. Do not take them with grapefruit juice.
You can take Adalat LA with or without food.
You may see what looks like a complete tablet in the toilet or in your stools. This is normal – it’s the outer shell of the tablet which is not digested by the body.
Use in children and adolescents: Adalat LA is not recommended for use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age, because there are only limited data on the safety and efficacy in this population.