What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. Make sure you stay well hydrated while taking this medicine. Drink several glasses of fluids a day.
If you are a diabetic monitor your blood sugar carefully. If your blood sugar reading is unusual, stop taking this medicine and call your doctor for advice.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine 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.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
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:
Body aches or pain
burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
chest pain or tightness
chills or fever
painful or difficult urination
shortness of breath
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
unsteadiness or awkwardness
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach tenderness
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
changes in urination
changes in vision
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
difficulty with chewing or talking
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
joint or muscle pain
nausea or vomiting
numbness or tingling in the face, arms, or legs
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
redness or other discoloration of the skin
swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
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:
Acid or sour stomach
bad, unusual, or unpleasant taste
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
dizziness or lightheadedness
dryness or soreness of the throat
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
muscle aching or cramping
pain in the joints
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
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.