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 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.
Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.
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:
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
cool, pale skin
difficulty with moving
muscle aching or cramping
muscle pain or stiffness
pain in the joints
problems in urination or increase in the amount of urine
unusual tiredness or weakness
Abdominal or stomach pain
bloody or black, tarry stools
body aches or pain
burning, dry, or itching eyes
decreased vision or other changes in vision
difficult or labored breathing
difficult or painful urination
dryness or soreness of the throat
fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
feeling of warmth
loss of appetite
pain in the eye
pounding in the ears
redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
severe stomach pain
shortness of breath
tender, swollen glands in the neck
tightness in the chest
trouble in swallowing
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
back or leg pains
blood in the urine or stools
decreased urine output
fluid-filled skin blisters
general body swelling
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
lower back or side pain
pinpoint red pots on the skin
rapid weight gain
sensitivity to the sun
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
unusual bleeding or bruising
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:
passing of gas
Acid or sour stomach
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
unable to sleep
Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
dizziness or lightheadedness
excessive muscle tone
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
flushing or redness of the skin
headache, severe and throbbing
hives or welts
inability to have or keep an erection
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
mood or mental changes
muscle tension or tightness
sensation of spinning
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
unusually warm skin
walking in unusual manner
Incidence not known
Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
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.