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Acquin is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertention), it is also used to treat heart failure. Acquin works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the vessels. Making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. A valid prescription is required from your doctor for Acquin.


quinapril (as hydrochloride)

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about ACQUIN.

It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of

talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking

ACQUIN against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about taking this


Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.

What ACQUIN is used for

ACQUIN is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used to

treat heart failure. It contains the active ingredient quinapril hydrochloride.


ACQUIN is used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). Everyone has blood

pressure. This pressure helps get your blood all around your body. Your blood pressure

may be different at different times of the day, depending on how busy or worried you are.

You have hypertension (high blood pressure) when your blood pressure stays higher than

is needed, even when you are calm and relaxed.

There are usually no symptoms of hypertension. The only way of knowing that

you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. If high

blood pressure is not treated it can lead to serious health problems, including stroke,

heart disease and kidney failure.

Heart Failure

Heart failure means that the heart muscle is weak and cannot pump blood strongly

enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body. Heart failure is not the

same as heart attack and does not mean that the heart stops. Heart failure may start off

with no symptoms, but as the condition progresses, patients may feel short of breath

or may get tired easily after light physical activity such as walking. Some patients may

wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often

first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.

How it works

ACQUIN works by widening your blood vessels, which reduces pressure in the

vessels, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. This helps

increase the supply of oxygen to your heart, so that when you place extra demands on

your heart, such as during exercise, your heart may cope better and you may not get

short of breath as easily.

ACQUIN belongs to a group of medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)


Your doctor may have prescribed ACQUIN for another reason. Ask your doctor if you

have any questions about why ACQUIN has been prescribed for you.

ACQUIN is not addictive.

This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Before you take ACQUIN

When you must not take it

Do not take ACQUIN if you are allergic to medicines containing quinapril or any of

the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itchiness, shortness of

breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, muscle pain or tenderness or joint pain.

Do not take ACQUIN if you have:

• taken any other 'ACE inhibitor' medicine before, which caused your face, lips,

tongue, throat, hands or feet to swell up, or made it hard for you to breathe If you

have had an allergic reaction to an ACE inhibitor before, you may be allergic to


• a history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet for no

apparent reason

• kidney problems or a condition called renal artery stenosis

• regular dialysis for blood filtration.

Do not take ACQUIN if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

ACQUIN may enter your womb or it may pass into the breast milk and there is the

possibility that your baby may be affected.

Do not take it if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed.

It may not work as well if you do.

Do not take it if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look

quite right.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking ACQUIN, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or


Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the


• kidney problems, or are having dialysis

• liver problems

• heart problems

• low blood pressure, which you may notice as dizziness or light-headedness

• diabetes

• high levels of potassium in your blood.

You must also tell your doctor if you:

• have a family history of swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet

• are following a very low salt diet

• are about to receive desensitisation therapy for an allergy

• are about to have surgery or a general anaesthetic

• plan to become pregnant or breastfeed.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start

taking ACQUIN.

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


Some medicines may be affected by ACQUIN, or may affect how well it works.

These include:

• other medicines used to treat high blood pressure

• diuretics, also known as fluid or water tablets

• non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), medicines used to relieve

pain, swelling and other symptoms of inflammation, including arthritis

• potassium supplements or potassiumcontaining salt substitutes

• lithium, a medicine used to treat mood swings and some types of depression

• tetracycline antibiotics.

Your doctor can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.

If you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your

doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with

or avoid while taking ACQUIN.

Use in children

The safety and effectiveness of ACQUIN in children have not been established.

How to take ACQUIN

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many tablets you will need to take each day.

This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist

for help.

How much to take

For high blood pressure

For most patients, not on diuretics, the usual starting dose is 5 to 10 mg taken once a day.

The dose may need to be increased depending on your blood pressure at an

interval of 4 weeks. Most patients take between 10 and 40 mg each day. This dose

may be taken once a day or divided into two equal doses per day.

For heart failure

The usual starting dose is 5 mg taken once a day. In most patients, effective doses are

between 10 and 20 mg a day. Your doctor will advise whether the dose is to be taken a

single dose or as two separate doses.

How to take it

Swallow ACQUIN with a full glass of water.

Do not chew the tablets.

When to take it

Take ACQUIN at about the same time each day.

Taking your tablets at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help

you remember when to take the tablets.

Take ACQUIN before meals.

Food with a high fat content may interfere with the absorption of the medicine.

How long to take it

ACQUIN helps control your condition, but does not cure it. Therefore you must take it

every day. Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.

If you forget to take it

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 the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for

some hints.

If you take too much ACQUIN (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13

11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or

anyone else may have taken too much ACQUIN. Do this even if there are no

signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too much ACQUIN, you may feel light-headed, dizzy or you may faint.

While you are taking ACQUIN

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are

taking ACQUIN.

Make sure you drink enough water during exercise and hot weather when you are

taking ACQUIN, especially if you sweat a lot.

If you do not drink enough water while taking ACQUIN, you may feel faint, lightheaded

or sick. This is because your blood pressure is dropping suddenly. If you

continue to feel unwell, tell your doctor.

If you have excess vomiting or diarrhoea while taking ACQUIN, tell your doctor.

You may lose too much water and salt and your blood pressure may drop too much.

If you feel light-headed or dizzy after taking your first dose of ACQUIN, or

when your dose is increased, tell your doctor immediately.

This is especially important if you are taking ACQUIN for heart failure.

If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or

dentist that you are taking ACQUIN.

Your blood pressure may drop suddenly.

If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking ACQUIN.

The medicine may interfere with the results of some tests.

Have your blood pressure checked when your doctor says, to make sure ACQUIN

is working.

Go to your doctor regularly for a checkup.

Your doctor may occasionally do a blood test to check your potassium levels and see how

your kidneys are working.

Things you must not do

Do not give ACQUIN to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not take it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or

pharmacist tells you to.

Do not stop taking ACQUIN, or lower the dosage, without checking with your


Things to be careful of

If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get

up slowly.

Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your body

get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem continues or gets

worse, talk to your doctor.

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ACQUIN affects you.

As with other ACE inhibitor medicines, ACQUIN may cause dizziness, lightheadedness

or tiredness in some people.

Make sure you know how you react to ACQUIN before you drive a car, operate

machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. If

this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or light-headedness may be worse.

Things that would be helpful for your blood pressure or heart failure

Some self help measures suggested below may help your condition.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these measures and for more information.

• Alcohol - your doctor may advise you to limit your alcohol intake.

• Weight - your doctor may suggest losing some weight to help lower your blood

pressure and help lessen the amount of work your heart has to do. Some people

may need a dietician's help to lose weight.

• Diet - eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread

(preferably wholegrain), cereals and fish. Also eat less sugar and fat

(especially saturated fat) which includes sausages, fatty meats, full cream dairy

products, biscuits, cakes, pastries, chocolates, chips and coconut.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from olive oil, canola oil, avocado

and nuts are beneficial in small quantities.

• Salt - your doctor may advise you to watch the amount of salt in your diet. To

reduce your salt intake you should avoid using salt in cooking or at the table and

avoid cooked or processed foods containing high sodium (salt) levels.

• Exercise - regular exercise, maintained over the long term, helps to reduce blood

pressure and helps get the heart fitter.

Regular exercise also improves your blood cholesterol levels, helps reduce

your weight and stress levels, and improves your sleep, mood and ability to

concentrate. However, it is important not to overdo it. Walking is good exercise,

but try to find a route that is reasonably flat. Before starting any exercise, ask

your doctor about the best kind of programme for you.

• Smoking - your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down.

There are enormous benefits to be gained from giving up smoking. There

are many professionals, organisations and strategies to help you quit. Ask your

doctor or pharmacist for further information and advice.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you

are taking ACQUIN.

Like all other medicines, ACQUIN may have unwanted side effects in some people.

Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical

treatment if you get some of the side effects.

If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting 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 or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry


• dry cough

• feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint because your blood pressure is too low

• headache

• feeling sick (nausea) or vomiting

• stomach pain

• diarrhoea

• constipation

• aching, tender or weak muscles not caused by exercise

• unusual tiredness or weakness, fatigue

• feelings of deep sadness and unworthiness (depression)

• hair loss or thinning

• dry mouth or throat

• taste disturbances or loss of taste

• confusion or nervousness

• back pain

• rash

• difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection.

These side effects are usually mild.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

• disturbed vision

• symptoms of sunburn (such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering) which may

occur more quickly than normal

• itchy, raised or red skin rash

• fast or irregular heart beat

• shortness of breath or tightness in the chest

• signs of worrying or frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat

or mouth ulcers

• severe upper stomach pain, often with nausea and vomiting

• passing little or no urine

• bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.

These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention. Serious side effects

are rare.

If any of the following happen, stop taking ACQUIN and either tell your doctor

immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

• fainting within a few hours of taking a dose

• swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in

swallowing or breathing

• sudden onset of stomach pains or cramps with or without nausea or vomiting

• severe flaking or peeling of the skin

• severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals

• chest pain.

These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or

hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare.

Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or

pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

After using it


Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.

If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.

Keep ACQUIN where children cannot reach it.

A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to

store medicines.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Do not store ACQUIN or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave ACQUIN on a windowsill or in the car on hot days.

Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.


If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking ACQUIN, or your tablets have

passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are

left over.

Product description

What it looks like

ACQUIN comes in 3 strengths of tablets:

• ACQUIN 5 - Yellow, oval, film-coated tablets debossed with “5” on one side

and a breakline on the other.

• ACQUIN 10 - Yellow, capsule shaped, film-coated tablets debossed with “10”

on one side and a breakline on the other.

• ACQUIN 20 - Yellow, round, filmcoated tablets debossed with “20” on

one side and a breakline on the other.

Each blister pack contains 30 tablets.


The active ingredient in ACQUIN is quinapril (as hydrochloride):

• each ACQUIN 5 tablet contains 5 mg of quinapril.

• each ACQUIN 10 tablet contains 10 mg of quinapril.

• each ACQUIN 20 tablet contains 20 mg of quinapril.

The tablets also contain:

• magnesium carbonate – heavy

• calcium sulphate dihydrate

• colloidal anhydrous silica

• crospovidone

• povidone

• magnesium stearate

• polyvinyl alcohol

• titanium dioxide

• purified talc

• lecithin

• iron oxide yellow

• xanthan gum

The tablets are gluten free.


Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd

34-36 Chandos St

St Leonards NSW 2065


Australian registration numbers:

ACQUIN 5 – AUST R 192146

ACQUIN 10 – AUST R 192147

ACQUIN 20 – AUST R 192148

Date of preparation:

February 2016

While all efforts have been made to ensure that ingredient listings are accurate, up to date and complete for products on the Superpharmacy website, suppliers may change formulations on short notice. Please check ingredient listings on the actual product before use. Australia's best source for prescriptions online.

Delivery info

Please note that Public Holidays will add on extra delivery time for orders

Superpharmacy Orders will be packaged in plain, impervious packaging that is unmarked for security and privacy reasons. Orders will be dispatched as soon as possible once payment is received. For Orders containing prescription items please see the prescription processing procedure. Orders for both prescription and non-prescription items will most likely be delivered separately, unless otherwise directed, where we do not hold the prescription paperwork at the time of placing the order.

Australia Wide shipment details

On all Australian orders less than $50 in value (and under 3kgs) we have a flat rate shipping fee of $8.95.

All Australian orders $50 or more in value (and under 3kgs) will qualify for FREE DELIVERY.

Any orders over 3kgs will have our Online Team be in contact with further information regarding shipping.

All orders of Prescription items will receive FREE DELIVERY regardless of order value.

All orders of compounding items will qualify for FREE DELIVERY.


Orders for prescription items can only be processed once we physically receive your prescription paperwork. Prescription product orders will be dispensed and dispatched on the business day the prescription or valid repeat authorisation is received at the SUPERPHARMACY registered premises.Please send your prescription paperwork to the appropriate store

NSW, NT and TAS:  SUPERPHARMACY PO Box 1877 Hornsby Westfield 1635

QLD: Superpharmacy 187 Days Road, Grange QLD 4051

SA: Superpharmacy 41 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000

VIC: Superpharmacy 92 Lygon Street, East Brunswick VIC 3057

WA: Superpharmacy 259 Walcott Street, North Perth WA 6006

Ensure to allow sufficient time for the delivery of your prescription or repeat authorisation paperwork to us and the subsequent order delivery via our specialised delivery network. We recommend considering a total of up to 7 days for metro areas or 10 days in remote areas. If we do not already hold your prescription paperwork, it will be necessary for you to send the prescription paperwork to us before we can dispatch your order. Please also allow appropriate time for the prescription to reach us and for the order to be sent back so as to avoid running out of your ongoing prescription medicine.

We partner with well-known and trusted delivery services to minimise delivery times. These include:

  • Our own personal delivery driver
  • StarTrack
  • Auspost
  • Local delivery couriers

The end goal is to get your order to you as fast and as securely as possible.

Details of the delivery process and conditions are included in the Superpharmacy Terms and Conditions found here

Superpharmacy will dispatch most orders within ONE business day on Monday to Friday assuming all items are in stock. All other orders will be dispatched as quickly as possible thereafter. It may be necessary for some orders to be shipped in more than one box from different distribution sites and therefore you may obtain these parcels at different times. We will notify you via email if there is a delay in the delivery of an item in your Order and what action we have taken. Please contact our Customer Service on 13004MEDICINE during business hours if you would like an alternative product or arrangement. Order processing and delivery times may vary in peak times with special arrangements during peak volume times such as Christmas, Mother's Day and Superpharmacy promotions. Contact our Customer Service on 1300 4MEDICINE during business hours or email for more information.

Postage and handling for international orders

We do not currently deliver outside of Australia 

Returns & exchanges

Returns Policy

All enquiries regarding online product Returns or Refunds should be made through our Customer Service Team by telephone at 13004MEDICINE (1300 463 342)‚Äč

The SUPERPHARMACY Returns Policy applies to all purchases of Products using the Site and forms part of the terms and conditions. If you wish to return a Product in accordance with our Returns Policy, then you must:

(a) Check your Goods as soon as they are delivered to you in order to ensure that: (i) they are what you ordered; and (ii) they are not damaged or faulty.  The return of a Product must be authorised by the appointed Superpharmacy Customer Service Representative prior to taking any action to return the Product.

Damaged or Defective Goods

We will replace or refund (at our discretion) any items delivered to you that are damaged or defective at no charge.

Should you be eligible for a Product refund, it will be arranged as follows:

  • Upon making contact with the Customer Service Team, a Representative will work with you to resolve the issue, detailing the steps involved in the refund and any further information applicable.
  • Refunds will be handled by our Customer Service Team on an individual basis.

Should you be eligible for a Product replacement, it will be arranged as follows:

  • Upon making contact with the Customer Service Team, a representative will work with you to facilitate the easiest means of getting a replacement product delivered.
  • The Representative will dictate any further action required and supply the necessary information.
  • Product replacement timeframes will be detailed to you during these steps.

Incorrect Items Ordered

If you have ordered incorrect items, you have 7 days from date of order placement to notifiy our Customer Service Team. They will then facilitate the process of resolution. Please be aware there are certain factors listed below which must be met before a Product Return/Refund request can proceed.

  • Customer Service Team must be notified within 7 days.
  • Superpharmacy is required to receive the product back in unopened, original packaging that is in good condition (condition of product received decided at discretion of Representative)

Once a product it received back at a Superpharmacy premesis, and all previously listed conditions are met, the Customer Service Representative will be able to proceed with a refund or exchange request.

When you return a Product please ensure it is packed to avoid damage in transit. We highly recommend you photograph the Product inside the packing prior to sending.

Prescription Returns

Due to NSW Health Regulations, prescription items cannot be returned for refund.

The SUPERPHARMACY Returns Policy applies in addition to any other rights to which you may be entitled under the consumer guarantees provisions of the Australian Consumer Law.