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What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. If you need to use your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use more than every 12 hours.
If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
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
difficulty with breathing
loss of voice
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
shortness of breath or troubled breathing
stuffy or runny nose
tightness of the chest or wheezing
unusual tiredness or weakness
Abdominal or stomach pain
bloody or cloudy urine
cough producing mucus
difficult, burning, or painful urination
dryness of the throat
fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
frequent urge to urinate
general feeling of discomfort or illness
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
sore mouth or tongue
tender, swollen glands in the neck
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
trouble with swallowing
trouble with sleeping
white patches in the mouth or on the tongue
dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
pounding in the ears
severe chest pain
slow, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
stiff or sore neck
unexplained weight loss
Incidence not known
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
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
difficulty with moving
muscle spasms or stiffness
pain in the arms or legs
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.