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.
Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness. Your doctor or 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.
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.
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.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine. Women should inform their doctor 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.
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:
Abdominal or stomach pain
difficulty with moving
muscle, joint, or bone pain
nausea or vomiting
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
weakness or heaviness of the legs
Incidence not known
Black, tarry stools
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the urine or stools
gaseous abdominal or stomach pain
general tiredness and weakness
hives, welts, or skin rash
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
severe nausea or vomiting
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellow eyes and 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:
feeling of warmth
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
stuffy or runny nose
tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
feeling sad or empty
lack of appetite
loss of interest or pleasure
loss of memory
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
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.