Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about RESOTRANS. 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 RESOTRANS against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet while being treated. You may need to read it again.
The name of your medicine is RESOTRANS. It contains the active ingredient called prucalopride.
RESOTRANS tablets are used for the treatment of long-standing constipation in adults in whom conventional medicines used to treat constipation (laxatives) fail to provide adequate relief.
RESOTRANS is not used to treat constipation due to other medical conditions including disorders which involve the over-production or under-production of hormones from the endocrine gland, disorders that involve an alteration in normal metabolism, disorders of the nervous system and constipation due to use of medicines including opioid medicines such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine.
It belongs to a group of medicines called enterokinetics. It acts on the muscle wall of the gut, helping to restore the normal functioning of the bowel.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take RESOTRANS if you have an allergy to:
prucalopride, the active ingredient in the medicine
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
RESOTRANS contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, itching or hives on the skin, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body.
Do not take RESOTRANS if:
you are on kidney dialysis (a procedure used to remove waste products from the blood of a person with kidney failure)
if you suffer from perforation or obstruction of the gut wall, or severe inflammation of the intestines
if you had recent bowel surgery.
If you are not sure whether you should take this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
severe kidney disease
severe liver disease
any other serious medical problem such as lung or heart disease, cancer or AIDS for which you are currently under supervision by your doctor
You must tell your doctor if you:
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is recommended not to take RESOTRANS if you are pregnant or if you intend to become pregnant, unless your doctor advises you to do so.
are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. When breast-feeding, prucalopride can pass into breast milk, and although there is no evidence that this is harmful, it is better not to use this medicine while breastfeeding unless your doctor advises you to do so.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking RESOTRANS.
Do not take this medicine if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take this medicine beyond the expiry date (month and year) printed on the pack.
The medicine must not be given to children or adolescents (under 18 years of age).
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines that you can buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking the following medicines:
ketoconazole (an antifungal agent)
erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections
medicines known to cause irregular heart beat or other heart problems
a contraceptive pill. If you have very bad diarrhoea after taking RESOTRANS, the contraceptive pill may not work properly and the use of an extra method of contraception is recommended. See instructions in the patient leaflet of the contraceptive pill that you are taking.
These medicines may be affected by RESOTRANS or may affect how well it works. Your doctor will advise you of what to do.
The usual dose for most patients is one 2 mg tablet once a day. If you are older than 65 years, the starting dose is one 1 mg tablet once a day, which your doctor may increase to 2 mg once a day if needed. Your doctor may also recommend a lower dose of one 1 mg tablet daily if you have severe kidney or liver disease.
This medicine can be taken with or without food and drinks, at any time of the day.
This medicine should be taken once a day. You must take this medicine every day for as long as your doctor prescribes it.
Your doctor may want to reassess your condition and the benefit of continued treatment after the first 4 weeks and thereafter at regular intervals.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you stop taking RESOTRANS, your constipation symptoms may come back again.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much RESOTRANS. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Poisons Information Centre telephone numbers:
Australia: 13 11 26
New Zealand: 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766.
Keep these telephone numbers handy.
It is important to keep to the dose as prescribed by your doctor. If you have taken more RESOTRANS than you should, it is possible that you will get diarrhoea, headache and/or nausea. In case of diarrhoea, make sure that you drink enough water.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Always follow your doctor's instructions carefully
Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking this medicine if you are about to be started on any new medicines.
Do not recommend this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours
Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Effects on driving and operating machinery
RESOTRANS has been associated with dizziness and fatigue particularly during the first day of treatment which may have an effect on driving and using machines.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some side effects. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following and they worry you:
abnormal bowel sounds
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following as you may need medical attention:
disturbed digestion (dyspepsia)
increase in frequency of passing urine (pollakiuria)
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.
Keep your tablets in their blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablet out of the blister pack, they may not keep well.
Keep RESOTRANS in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not store this medicine or any other medicines in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking RESOTRANS or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
RESOTRANS 1 mg tablets are white to off-white, round, biconvex tablets marked PRU 1 on one side.
RESOTRANS 2 mg tablets are pink, round, biconvex shaped tablets marked PRU 2 on one side.
The active ingredient in RESOTRANS tablets is prucalopride. The 1 mg tablet contains 1 mg of prucalopride and the 2 mg tablet contains 2 mg of prucalopride.
The other ingredients in the 1 mg tablet are lactose, cellulose - microcrystalline, magnesium stearate, silica - colloidal anhydrous, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, macrogol 3000 and glycerol triacetate.
The other ingredients in the 2 mg tablet are lactose , cellulose - microcrystalline, magnesium stearate, silica - colloidal anhydrous, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, macrogol 3000, glycerol triacetate, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow and indigo carmine CI73015.
JANSSEN-CILAG Pty Ltd
1-5 Khartoum Rd
Macquarie Park NSW 2113 Australia
Telephone: 1800 226 334
This leaflet was prepared in September 2011.
TGA registration number:
1mg tablet - AUST R 176747
2mg tablet - AUST R 176746
RESOTRANS™ is a registered trademark of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for prucalopride oral tablets.