What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control. Women who can still have children must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, like a condom or diaphragm.
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.
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:
fever or chills
increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck, or around the chest and stomach area
loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face
tightness in the chest
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
muscle aches and pains
unexplained weight loss
unusual tiredness or weakness
Burning or prickling sensation
dry or itchy skin
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
bloated or full feeling
change in taste
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
feeling sad or empty
inability to have or keep an erection
lack of appetite
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
loss of interest or pleasure
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
stomach upset, discomfort, or pain
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.