Tarka (as a combination product containing trandolapril and verapamil)

Name: Tarka (as a combination product containing trandolapril and verapamil)

What side effects can this medication cause?

Verapamil may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • headache

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment :

  • swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • slow heartbeat
  • fainting
  • blurred vision
  • rash
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • lack of energy
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • flu-like symptoms
  • fever

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Brand names of combination products

  • Tarka® (containing trandolapril and verapamil)

How should this medicine be used?

Trandolapril comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day with or without food. To help you remember to take trandolapril, take it around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take trandolapril exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of trandolapril and gradually increase your dose, not more than once a week.

Trandolapril controls high blood pressure but does not cure it. Continue to take trandolapril even if you feel well. Do not stop taking trandolapril without talking to your doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Talk to your doctor before using salt substitutes containing potassium. If your doctor prescribes a low-salt or low-sodium diet, follow these directions carefully.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to determine your response to trandolapril. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to trandolapril.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Mavik®
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