What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure as directed. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be and when you should contact him or her. Call your doctor or health care professional if you notice an irregular or fast heart beat.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
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. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Avoid salt substitutes unless you are told otherwise by your doctor or health care professional.
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:
Body aches or pain
loss of voice
unusual tiredness or weakness
bloody or cloudy urine
change in hearing
difficult, burning, or painful urination
dryness of the throat
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trouble with swallowing
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
muscle cramps or pain
numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
weakness and heaviness of the 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:
lack or loss of strength
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
tightness of the chest
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
feeling of fullness
feeling sad or empty
loss of interest or pleasure
muscle ache, stiffness, tension, or tightness
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
passing of gas
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
stomach discomfort or upset
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.