What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
A test called the HbA1C (A1C) will be monitored. This is a simple blood test. It measures your blood sugar control over the last 2 to 3 months. You will receive this test every 3 to 6 months.
Learn how to check your blood sugar. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure others know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must get medical help at once.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you have high blood sugar. You might need to change the dose of your medicine. If you are sick or exercising more than usual, you might need to change the dose of your medicine.
This medicine may cause ovulation in premenopausal women who do not have regular monthly periods. This may increase your chances of becoming pregnant. You should not take this medicine if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Talk with your doctor or health care professional about your birth control options while taking this medicine. Contact your doctor or health care professional right away if you think you are pregnant.
The tablet shell for some brands of this medicine does not dissolve. This is normal. The tablet shell may appear whole in the stool. This is not a cause for concern.
If you are going to need surgery, a MRI, CT scan, or other procedure, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. You may need to stop taking this medicine before the procedure.
Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.
This medicine may cause a decrease in folic acid and vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamins 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:
cool pale skin
difficulty with concentration
dryness of the mouth
fast or irregular heartbeat
lack of energy
mood or behavior changes
purple or red spots on the skin
shakiness or unsteady walk
shivering or shaking
talking, feeling, and acting with excitement and activity you cannot control
trouble with breathing
unusual or incomplete body or facial movements
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
back or leg pains
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the urine or stools
bloody, black or tarry stools
blue-yellow color blindness
chest pain or discomfort
decreased urine output
difficulty with breathing
difficulty with swallowing
dizziness or lightheadedness
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
general body swelling
irregular or slow heart rate
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
loss of appetite
loss of bladder control
no blood pressure or pulse
pain in the ankles or knees
painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
pinpoint red spots on the skin
rapid weight gain
red or irritated eyes
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
redness, tenderness, itching, burning, or peeling of the skin
severe muscle stiffness
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
stopping of heart
sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
sudden weakness in the arms or legs
sudden, severe chest pain
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
swollen or painful glands
thoughts of killing oneself
tightness in the chest
twitching, twisting, or uncontrolled repetitive movements of the tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
unusually pale skin
use of extreme physical or emotional force
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:
Less common or rare
breast enlargement or pain
change in sense of taste
changes in vision
feeling of warmth or heat
flushing or redness of the skin, especially on face and neck
increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
unusual secretion of milk, in females
Incidence not known
Cracks in the skin
loss of heat from the body
painful or prolonged erections of the penis
swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males
unusual milk production
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.