What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. Despite receiving this medicine, your condition may worsen and you may need your dose adjusted. Call your doctor or health care professional if your conditions gets worse.
Pregnancy must be avoided while taking this medicine due to the potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. If you are female of child-bearing potential, you will have to have pregnancy tests regularly (at least monthly) while you are taking this medicine. Discuss options to prevent pregnancy with your physician. This medicine may reduce the effectiveness of hormonal birth control methods, including birth control pills, patches, implanted hormonal products, or injections.
This medicine has caused reduced sperm counts in some men. This may interfere with the ability to father a child. You should talk to your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.
Your health care professional will have to check blood tests regularly (at least monthly) to check the effect of this medicine on your liver.
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:
faintness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
fever with or without chills
loss of appetite
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Black, tarry stools
blood in the urine or stools
blue lips and fingernails
coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
coughing up blood
decrease in the amount of urine
difficult, fast, or noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
fatigue on exertion
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
noisy, rattling breathing
pinpoint red spots on the skin
redness of the skin
shortness of breath
swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, fingers, legs, ankles, or feet
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing at rest
troubled breathing or swallowing
troubled breathing with exertion
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
vomiting of blood
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
Increased heart rate
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:
Fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
feeling of warmth
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally upper chest
stuffy or runny nose
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.