What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Your health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their health care professional if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
If you are going to need surgery or other procedure, tell your doctor that you are using this medicine.
This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
This medicine may cause a decrease in Co-Enzyme Q-10. You should make sure that you get enough Co-Enzyme Q-10 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
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:
muscle cramps or spasms
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or 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:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with moving
dry or sore throat
pain in the joints
tender, swollen glands in the neck
accumulation of pus, swollen, red, or tender area of infection near a tooth
acid or sour stomach
arm, back, or jaw pain
bloated or full feeling
bloody or cloudy urine
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
chest pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
difficult or labored breathing
difficult, burning, or painful urination
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
excessive muscle tone
fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
feeling of warmth or heat
feeling sad or empty
flushed, dry skin
flushing or redness of the skin especially on the face and neck
fruit-like breath odor
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lack of appetite
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
loss of interest or pleasure
muscle tension or tightness
pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
pounding in the ears
sensation of spinning
stomach pain, discomfort, tenderness, or upset
swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
unexplained weight loss
unusual bleeding or bruising
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.