What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure and pulse rate as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure and pulse rate should be, and when you should contact him or her.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug 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. Avoid alcoholic drinks; they can make you more dizzy.
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. Learn the symptoms of low blood sugar. Do not give this medicine to small children if they are not feeding regularly or are vomiting.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, or pain while you are taking this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients may increase your blood pressure.
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:
Cough producing mucus
difficulty with breathing
tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
black, tarry stools
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the urine
blurred or loss of vision
body aches or pain
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
chest pain or discomfort
confusion about identity, place, and time
cracks in the skin
decreased awareness or responsiveness
decreased urine output
difficulty with swallowing
dilated neck veins
disturbed color perception
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
dryness or soreness of the throat
fast, pounding, slow, or irregular heartbeat
fever and chills
general feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness
halos around lights
heavier menstrual periods
lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
loss of heat from the body
mimicry of speech or movements
muscle or joint pain
overbright appearance of lights
paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
peculiar postures or movements, mannerisms, or grimacing
pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
quick to react or overreact emotionally
rapidly changing moods
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
red, swollen skin
reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
short-term memory loss
shortness of breath
skin irritation or rash, including rash that looks like psoriasis
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
swelling of the eyes, face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
tender, swollen glands in the neck
tightness in the chest
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
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:
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
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.