What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.
Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.
The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic 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:
Less common or rare
agitation or combativeness
back or rib pain
bloody or black, sticky stools
burning in stomach
changes in skin color
chest pain or tightness
coughing up blood
decrease in height
decreased range of motion
decreased urine output
expressed fear of impending death
eyeballs bulge out of eye sockets
fainting or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
fast or slow heartbeat
flushed dry skin
fractures in arms or legs without any injury
fractures in the neck or back
fruit-like breath odor
increased fat deposits on face, neck, and trunk
irregular breathing or shortness of breath
lack or slowing of normal growth in children
walking with a limp
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
muscle cramps or pain
nausea or vomiting
pain, tenderness, or swelling of foot or leg
pains in stomach or side, possibly radiating to the back
patients taking oral medicines or insulin for diabetes may need to increase the amount they take
pounding in the ears
problems with wound healing
redness and itching of skin
redness of eyes
redness of face
severe or continuing dizziness
severe weakness of arms and legs
swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
swelling of nasal passages, face, or eyelids
swollen neck veins
tearing of eyes
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
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:
Less common or rare
bruising, large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
change in color of skin or nails
loss of muscle mass
reddish purple lines on arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
sleeplessness, trouble sleeping, unable to sleep
small, red, or purple spots on skin
swelling of abdominal or stomach area, full or bloated feeling or pressure in the stomach
thin, fragile skin
unusual increase in hair growth
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.