What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may take 2 to 4 weeks for your condition to start to get better once you begin taking this medicine. In some people, it can take as long as 3 months for the condition to get better.
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.
Smoking may have effects on the circulation that may limit the benefits you receive from this medicine. You may wish to discuss how to stop smoking with your doctor or health care professional.
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:
Fast or irregular heartbeat
bloody or black tarry stools
bruises or red spots on the skin
stomach pain, cramping, or burning (severe)
swelling of the tongue
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin
blood in the urine or stools
cough or hoarseness
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
headache, sudden and severe
inability to speak
itching of the eyes
itching of the skin
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
lower back or side pain
painful or difficult urination
pinpoint red spots on the skin
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
weakness of part of the body
yellow eyes or skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
fast or irregular heartbeat
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:
pain or stiffness in the muscles
runny or stuffy nose
swelling of the arms or legs
burning feeling in the throat or chest
difficulty with swallowing
pain or stiffness in the joints
ringing or buzzing in the ears
swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
Incidence not known
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.