A new fixed-dose combination preparation of ramipril with felodipine (Triasyn) was PBS listed on 1 August 2007. Note that:
- the dose range available for the combination preparation is more restricted than with the individual single-ingredient preparations (see table below)
- dose titration with the fixed-dose combination will be more difficult than with the single-ingredient medicines
- some patients, including elderly people and those with impaired renal function, must be started on an initial dose of ramipril 1.25 mg. This is not possible with the fixed-dose combination product. See the Triasyn product information for details.
- it is suggested that patients be stabilised on the corresponding doses of ramipril and felodipine as single-ingredient preparations before changing to the fixed-dose combination
- the brand name does not clearly indicate that this is a combination preparation; ensure patients discontinue single-ingredient ramipril and felodipine if switching to Triasyn
- the tablets cannot be split or divided.
|Single-ingredient preparations||Fixed-dose combination preparation|
|Active ingredient||ramipril||felodipine||ramipril with felodipine|
|Brand names||Tritace, Ramace, Prilace||Felodur, Plendil||Triasyn|
|Doses available||1.25 mg, 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg||2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg||2.5 mg / 2.5 mg, 5 mg / 5 mg|
Erratum: The original online version of this article (as per subscriber email of 1 August 2007) incorrectly stated that the PBS listing required patients to be stabilised on single-ingredient preparations before changing to the fixed-dose combination. The PBS listing is for hypertension in a patient not adequately controlled with either ramipril or felodipine monotherapy.