What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.
A small number of people may have a severe allergy to this medicine. Some symptoms are a skin rash, fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, severe tiredness, aches, or generally feeling sick. A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card given to you by your pharmacist. You should carry this Warning Card with you. If you have these symptoms while taking this medicine, stop the medicine and call your doctor right away.
If you stop this medicine because you ran out of medicine or because you may have had an allergic reaction, talk to your doctor. Do not restart this medicine without your doctor's advice. Severe hypersensitivity reactions can occur within hours and may include life-threatening hypotension and death.
Interactions with Medications
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain
numbness or tingling of the face, feet, or hands
pain in the joints
pain in the muscles
shortness of breath
swelling of the feet or lower legs
unusual feeling of discomfort or illness
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
difficulty with swallowing
fast, shallow breathing
feeling of fullness
general feeling of discomfort
loss of appetite
loss of bladder control
muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red, irritated eyes
redness of the skin
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
sudden loss of consciousness
swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing with exertion
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
yellow eyes and skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
fear or nervousness
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
sensation of spinning
severe and throbbing headache
tenderness in the stomach area
Incidence not known
Abnormal breathing sounds
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist
swelling or inflammation of the mouth
thinning of the hair
unexplained weight loss
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.