Consumer Medicine Information
Arrow - Bendrofluazide
Bendroflumethiazide 2.5 mg and 5 mg tablets
What is in this leaflet
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE.
This leaflet answers some common questions about ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE. It does
not contain all the available information.
It 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
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE 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 ARROW - BENDROFLUAZIDE is used for
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE contains the active ingredient bendroflumethiazide, also known
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is a fluid tablet or diuretic. It helps reduce the amount of
excess fluid in the body by increasing the amount of urine produced. It is used to treat
swelling of the ankles, feet or legs, which is called oedema. This can occur in some heart,
liver or kidney conditions.
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is also used to treat high blood pressure either alone or in
combination with other medicines.
Your doctor may have prescribed ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE has been
prescribed for you.
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE
When you must not take it
Do not take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE if you have had an allergic reaction to
bendroflumethiazide or any of the ingredients in ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE listed at the
end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
lumpy skin rash ("hives"), hayfever or fainting.
Do not take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE if you have an allergy or have ever had an allergic
reaction to medicines which contain sulphur such as antibiotic medicines called
Do not take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE if you have any of the following medical conditions:
Addison’s disease (a condition affecting the adrenal glands)
diabetic ketoacidosis (a complication of diabetes)
severe liver or kidney failure
high calcium levels in your blood (hypercalcaemia)
Do not take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE if you are taking lithium carbonate.
Before you start taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE may be harmful to both mother and unborn baby when taken
by a pregnant woman. You should avoid becoming pregnant while taking ARROW-
BENDROFLUAZIDE. If you are already pregnant, your doctor will weigh up the expected
benefits of ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE to you and your unborn baby against its possible
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
The active ingredient in ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE, bendroflumethiazide, passes into
breast milk and therefore breastfeeding should be avoided.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the
liver or kidney problems
high cholesterol in the blood
systemic lupus erythematosus (a rare autoimmune disease)
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a
prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
If you are taking any of the following types of medicines, please let your doctor know before
MAOIs, used to treat depression
lithium carbonate, a medicine used to treat mood swings and some types of depression
non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), medicines used to relieve pain,
swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis
medicines used to treat high blood pressure and some other heart conditions
digoxin, a medicine used to treat heart failure
narcotics/strong pain killers
barbiturates, medicines used to treat epilepsy, to produce calmness or to help you sleep
sulphonylurea drugs taken for diabetes
medicines used to treat gout such as allopurinol
steroid medicines such as cortisone, prednisone and dexamethasone
tablets, preparations or supplements which contain potassium
carbenoxolone, a medicine used to treat mouth ulcers
If you need to have an operation while taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE, please discuss
this with your doctor. The side effects of some anaesthetic drugs can be increased in people
Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you more about what to do when taking
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE with other medicines.
How much to take
Take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Your doctor will tell you how many ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE tablets to take each day.
Never take more tablets than your doctor has prescribed.
Your doctor may vary your dose depending on how you respond to ARROW-
In adults, the usual dose is 2.5mg to 10mg daily, depending on the condition being treated.
Some people may need to take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE every day, but other people
may be able to take it every second or third day.
For children up to 12 years of age, the usual dose is 50μg to 100μg per kilogram of body
Elderly people are sensitive to the effects of ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE on their blood
pressure and potassium levels therefore a reduced dose and potassium supplement is
How to take it
Swallow tablets whole with a glass of water early in the day.
If you forget to take it
Do not take an extra dose. Wait until the next dose and take your normal dose then.
Do not try to make up for the dose that you missed by taking more than one dose at a time.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
In case of an overdose
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the National Poisons Information Centre (0800
POISON or 0800 764 766), or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your
nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too many
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical
Keep the telephone numbers for these places handy.
An overdose of ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE can cause drowsiness, lethargy, loss of
consciousness, abnormal breathing and poor heart function.
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE
Things you must do
Tell all doctors and pharmacists involved in your health care that you are taking ARROW-
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE exactly
as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think it is not working for you and change your
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE dose unnecessarily.
Tell your doctor if you feel that ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is not helping your condition.
Tell your doctor if you are vomiting, have diarrhoea, or you suffer from a chronic illness,
because you may need a potassium supplement while you are taking ARROW-
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE or change the dose without first checking
with your doctor, or your symptoms could return.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not give ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE to anyone else even if they have the same
condition as you.
Do not take any other medicines whether they require a prescription or not without first asking
your doctor or a pharmacist.
Do not drink large amounts of alcohol. Use of ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE with alcohol will
increase your chances of getting dehydrated and a hangover.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how your ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE
dose is affecting you.
All medicines can have unwanted side effects. Sometimes they may be serious, but often
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Be sure that your doctor or pharmacist knows as soon as possible if you do not feel well while
you are taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE.
If you think you are having an allergic (hypersensitivity) reaction to ARROW-
BENDROFLUAZIDE, tell your doctor immediately. Symptoms include:
Severe skin rash, itching or hives
Swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Low blood pressure (feeling faint or dizzy).
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
very dry mouth or unusual thirst
passing urine more often than normal
vomiting or nausea
loss of appetite
diarrhoea or constipation
rashes or small red spots on your skin
attacks of gout
postural hypotension (feeling dizzy and faint when you stand up)
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE may also affect the composition of your blood. Your doctor
may do regular blood tests to check for these side effects.
Most of the above side effects are caused by excessive loss of potassium in urine when you
take ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE. Your doctor may prescribe a potassium supplement
and/or reduce your dose of ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE to prevent these side effects.
You may pass very large amounts of urine in the first few days after starting ARROW-
BENDROFLUAZIDE, but the amounts become smaller as you continue taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything on this list.
After taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE
Keep ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store
Keep your tablets in the container in a cool dry place where the temperature stays
Do not store ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE or any other medicines in the bathroom or
near a sink. Do not leave the tablets in the car or on window sills.
Heat, light and dampness can destroy some medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE, or your tablets have
passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
What ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE looks like
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is available in 2.5mg and 5mg tablets:
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE 2.5 are white to almost white, circular, biconvex, uncoated
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE 5 are white to almost white, circular, flat, bevelled edged
uncoated tablets with ‘5’ embossed on one side.
The active ingredient in ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE tablets is bendroflumethiazide, also
known as bendrofluazide:
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE 2.5 tablet contain 2.5 mg of bendroflumethiazide. ARROW-
BENDROFLUAZIDE 5 tablet contains 5 mg of bendroflumethiazide.
The tablets also contain:
The tablets do not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any azo dyes.
ARROW-BENDROFLUAZIDE is distributed in New Zealand by:
Teva Pharma (New Zealand) Limited
PO Box 128 244
Telephone: 0800 800 097
Date of preparation
4 May 2017