What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks ups. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medicine. Do not stop taking your medicine except on your doctor's advice. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests and other tests to see how you are doing.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Some people who take this medicine have severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain. This medicine may also increase your risk for a broken thigh bone. Tell your doctor right away if you have pain in your upper leg or groin. Tell your doctor if you have any pain that does not go away or that gets worse.
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:
hoarseness or other voice changes
blurred or decreased vision
burning, dry, or itching eyes
discharge or excessive tearing
redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
swelling of the face, feet, or lower legs
unusual weight gain
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
dizziness or lightheadedness
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
frequent urge to urinate
itching red skin lesions, often with a purple center
lower back or side pain
pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
pounding in the ears
sensation of spinning
slow or fast heartbeat
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
Abdominal or stomach cramps
difficulty with breathing
mood or mental changes
muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
shortness of breath
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:
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
loss of appetite
muscle cramps or spasms
red or irritated eyes
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.