What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because this drug may affect liver function, you will receive regular blood tests to check your liver enzymes.
It may take a few weeks to notice the full benefit of this medicine. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your asthma symptoms do not improve. Take this medicine even when you do not have any asthma symptoms. Feeling well is a sign the medicine is working to control your asthma. Do not stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Patients and their families should watch for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. Any worsening of mood or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.
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:
right upper stomach pain
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Attack, assault, or force
attempts at killing oneself
fear or nervousness
feeling sad or empty
lack of appetite
loss of interest or pleasure
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
shortness of breath
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
trouble with concentrating
trouble with sleeping
unable to sleep
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:
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
stuffy or runny nose
tightness of the chest or wheezing
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.