What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional regularly. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
You may need to follow a special diet. Talk to your doctor. Foods that contain iron include: whole grains/cereals, dried fruits, beans, or peas, leafy green vegetables, and organ meats (liver, kidney).
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 or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
feeling of warmth
pounding in the ears
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
slow or fast heartbeat
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
difficult or labored breathing
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
tightness in the chest
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:
Change in taste
discoloration at the injection site
loss of taste
Abdominal or stomach pain
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
pain or irritation at the injection site
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.