Did you know Cartia aspirin
- Has a special Duentric coating that helps reduce the risk of irritation to your stomach
- Is Australia's No. 1 selling low dose aspirin in value
- Is made in Australia
Cartia helps prevent blood clotting and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with known cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease. For use under medical supervision only.
This leaflet answers some of the common questions about CARTIA. 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. If you have any concerns about taking CARTIA talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Use CARTIA as instructed.
Keep this leaflet with this medicine. You may need to read it again.
CARTIA is enteric coated (Duentric) low dose aspirin (100 mg). Low dose aspirin helps reduce blood stickiness, the tendency of blood to clot. CARTIA may be useful if you are at risk of angina, transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes), stroke (due to a blood clot) or heart attacks if you already have heart or blood vessel disease.
The amount of aspirin in CARTIA is much less than you would need to take for a headache or other pain. If you require medication for temporary relief of these symptoms, please speak to your healthcare professional.
If you are not sure whether you should use CARTIA, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines or have taken other medicines recently. This includes those medicines that you buy without a prescription. In particular, mention if you are taking medicines which:
Some medicines may affect the way other medicines work. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you what to do when taking CARTIA with other medicines.
If you have not told the doctor or pharmacist about any of these things, tell him/her before you use CARTIA.
CARTIA is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age. Consult a doctor before giving this medication to children or teenagers with chikenpox, influenza or fever.
Do not take more than recommended dose. The recommended dosage is one CARTIA tablet at the same time every day. Take your first tablet from the appropriately marked day, then follow the arrows.
If you have any concerns about how to use CARTIA, talk to the doctor or pharmacist.
Take CARTIA with a glass of water. CARTIA should be swallowed whole, without crushing, chewing or breaking the tablet.
CARTIA can be taken with or without food. Food does not alter the effects of CARTIA.
Take CARTIA at the same time each day. This will help you to remember when to take your medicine.
If you forget a dose of CARTIA, take it as soon as you remember. However, if the next dose is due within 12 hours, skip the missed dose. Take the next dose at the normal time. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that has been missed. Using more than the prescribed dose can increase the chance of unwanted side effects.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre on 131126 or go to the emergency department at your nearest hospital if you or anyone else has taken a large amount of CARTIA. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Be sure to show the doctor the CARTIA pack.
If you have any concerns about this, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
You must swallow CARTIA tablets whole. CARTIA has an enteric coating that prevents the aspirin from being released in your stomach. This reduces the chance of the aspirin upsetting your stomach. The aspirin is released lower down, in the intestines, where it is absorbed gradually in to the blood stream.
It is advisable to withdraw aspirin at least one week before surgery. Blood donors should cease all forms of aspirin at least a week before giving blood. Aspirin prolongs the time for blood to clot.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how CARTIA affects you. CARTIA may cause dizziness or light-headedness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to CARTIA before you drive a car or operate machinery.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well during or after taking CARTIA.
Besides their main effect, medicines may have some unwanted effects. Unwanted effects do not always occur in every person. Most unwanted effects following CARTIA are mild, and may disappear without stopping CARTIA. However, some side effects may need medical treatment. Tell the doctor or pharmacist about any effect which is troublesome or ongoing.
Events reported during treatment or following CARTIA which may have been related to the medicine are listed below.
In the doses of aspirin administered in CARTIA the risk of these adverse events appears to be small.
You should tell the doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these, or any other unusual events or problems occur during or after treatment with CARTIA.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Keep the medication in the pack until it is time to use it. Store below 25°C. Do not leave it in the car on a hot day. Do not store medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. Store all medicines out of the reach of children, such as in a locked cupboard.
If you stop taking CARTIA, ask the pharmacist what to do with any doses that are left over.
CARTIA is an orange Duentric coated tablet, which comes in calendar packs of 28, 84 and 168 tablets.
The active ingredient in CARTIA is acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) 100mg. Other ingredients in CARTIA are guar gum, and a coating system including sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake (CI 15985).
CARTIA preparations do not contain sucrose, gluten or tartrazine.
CARTIA is for use under medical supervision only.
CARTIA comes in calendar packs of 28, 84 and 168 tablets (AUST R 192506).
Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos Street St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia
Leaflet updated: May 2018
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