What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need frequent blood checks while you are receiving the medicine.
If you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection.
If you are a woman who has the potential to become pregnant, discuss birth control options with your doctor or health care professional. You must not be pregnant, and you must be using a reliable form of birth control. The medicine may harm an unborn baby. Immediately call your doctor if you think you might be pregnant.
Alcoholic drinks may increase possible damage to your liver. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
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:
Bloody or cloudy urine
difficult or painful breathing
difficult, burning, or painful urination
frequent urge to urinate
loss of appetite
nausea or vomiting
tightness in the chest
yellow eyes or skin
Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
burning, prickling, or tingling sensation in the fingers or toes
fast or pounding heartbeat
joint or muscle pain or stiffness
severe stomach pain
tenderness in the stomach area
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
black or tarry stools
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the stools
burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
cough or hoarseness
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
lower back or side pain
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
pinpoint red spots on the skin
rapid, shallow breathing
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
unexplained bleeding or bruising
unpleasant breath odor
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
vomiting of blood
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
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:
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.