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Vastarel/Vastarel MR (trimetazidine)

Vastarel is the brand name of the drug trimetazidine. Trimetazidine is an anti-anginal drug which is useful for treating stable angina pectoris.

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Uses

What is Vastarel used for?

Vastarel treats stable angina pectoris that has not responded well to other first-line treatments.

How should I take Vastarel?

Read the directions on the packaging for complete information. Check the label and expiration date.

The oral tablets should be swallowed whole without crushing, chewing, or dissolving in liquid. It is best taken at mealtimes.

How do I store Vastarel?

This product is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer.

There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. So, it is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, it is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Vastarel?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough information about the safety of using this drug during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Vastarel?

Like all drugs, Vastarel may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash, itching, hives
  • Weakness

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Vastarel?

This medication may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Does food or alcohol interact with Vastarel?

This drug may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Vastarel?

This drug may interact with underlying conditions. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. Therefore, it is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Vastarel.

Recommended dose in some cases is one tablet of 20mg taken three times a day during meals.

What is the dose for a child?

Vastarel is not recommended in children aged below 18 years.

How is Vastarel available?

Vastarel is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Film-coated tablet 20 mg
  • Vastarel MR tablet 35 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD on May 03, 2020
Medically reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
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