What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need to have your cholesterol levels checked. If you are also taking some other cholesterol medicines, you will also need to have tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
You need to follow a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet while you are taking this medicine. This will decrease your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Exercising and avoiding alcohol and smoking can also help. Ask your doctor or dietician for advice.
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.
Frequency not determined
black tarry stools
blood in urine or stools
gaseous abdominal pain
general tiredness or weakness
large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs
loss of appetite
muscle cramps or spasms
muscular tenderness, wasting or weakness
pains in stomach, side or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
pinpoint red spots on skin
unusual bleeding or bruising
upper right abdominal pain
yellow eyes or 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:
body aches or pain
difficulty in moving
dryness or soreness of throat
muscle pain or stiffness
pain in joints
pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
shortness of breath or troubled breathing
tender, swollen glands in neck
tightness of chest or wheezing
trouble in swallowing
unusual tiredness or weakness
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.