What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about COVERAM.
It does not contain all the available information about this medicine.
Reading this leaflet does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking COVERAM against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What COVERAM is
The name of your medicine is COVERAM.
The medicine contains the active ingredient perindopril arginine. Perindopril belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
It also contains the active ingredient amlodipine besylate. Amlodipine belongs to a group of medicines called calcium channel blockers.
Calcium channel blockers do not change the amount of calcium in your blood or bones.
COVERAM has been prescribed for you by your doctor to replace the separate tablets of perindopril and amlodipine you were taking.
One COVERAM tablet replaces separate tablets of perindopril and amlodipine.
You have been prescribed COVERAM if you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension
Everyone has blood pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all around the body. Your blood pressure may be different at different times of the day, depending on how busy or stressed you are.
You have high blood pressure when your blood pressure stays higher than is needed, even when you are calm or relaxed.
There are usually no symptoms of high blood pressure. The only way of knowing that you have it is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems. You may feel fine and have no symptoms, but eventually it can cause Stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
The active ingredients in COVERAM, perindopril arginine and amlodipine help lower your blood pressure.
You may also have been prescribed COVERAM if you have coronary heart disease.
Coronary heart disease is narrowing of the vessels carrying blood to the heart.
In patients with coronary artery disease, COVERAM has been shown to reduce some of the risks, including heart attacks.
COVERAM works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the vessel, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body
This helps increase the supply of oxygen to your heart, so that when you place extra demands on your heart, such as during exercise, your heart may cope better and you may not get short of breath as easily.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why COVERAM has been prescribed for you.
COVERAM is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that COVERAM is addictive.