What should I watch for?
You will be started on this medicine in a specialized facility for the first two or more days of treatment. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. Your doctor or health care professional also may schedule regular blood tests and electrocardiograms to check your progress.
Because your condition and the use of this medicine carry some risk, it is a good idea to carry an identification card, necklace or bracelet with details of your condition, medications, and doctor or health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are 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:
chest pain or discomfort
difficult or labored breathing
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
tightness in the chest
unusual tiredness or weakness
Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
body aches or pain
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cough or hoarseness
difficulty with speaking
dilated neck veins
feeling of warmth or heat
fever or chills
flushing or redness of the skin, especially on the face and neck
inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
inability to speak
joint pain or swelling
loss of voice
lower back or side pain
painful, burning, or difficult urination
pounding in the ears
pinpoint red spots on the skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
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:
Acid or sour stomach
difficulty with sleeping
heartburn or indigestion
pain in the arms or legs
Changes in vision
decreased sexual performance or desire
loss of appetite
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.