What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your doctor or health care professional may order blood tests and other tests to see how you are doing.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug may decrease your body's ability to fight infection. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D while you are taking this medicine, unless your doctor tells you not to. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
See your dentist regularly. Brush and floss your teeth as directed. Before you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 5 months after stopping it. Talk with your doctor or health care professional about your birth control options while taking this medicine. 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.
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:
blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
bloody or cloudy urine
cracked, dry, or scaly skin
difficult, burning, or painful urination
frequent urge to urinate
muscle or bone pain
pain in the arms or legs
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
Arm or jaw pain
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
body aches or pain
chest pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
difficulty with breathing
difficulty with moving
dryness or soreness of the throat
fast or irregular heartbeat
loss of voice
muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, hands, or feet
pain in the lower back, bottom, upper leg, or hips
painful blisters on the trunk of the body
rapid weight gain
runny or stuffy nose
tender, swollen glands in the neck
troubled breathing with exertion
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight gain or loss
Blood in the stool
change in bowel habits
clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
difficulty with eating
dimpling of the breast skin
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
lump in the breast or under the arm
lump or swelling in the abdomen or stomach
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
persistent crusting or scaling of the nipple
raised, firm, and bright red patches of the skin on the arm or leg
redness or swelling of the breast
sore on the skin of the breast that does not heal
unexplained weight loss
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Heavy feeling in the jaw
pain, swelling, or numbness in the mouth or jaw
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:
Dizziness or lightheadedness
excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
feeling of fullness
lack or loss of strength
sensation of spinning
upper abdominal or stomach 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.