Precautions

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If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits for any unwanted effects caused by this medicine. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. This medicine may also cause birth defects if the father is using it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. Men should use condoms during sexual intercourse. If you think you have become pregnant or your partner has become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor right away.

Your blood pressure should be checked regularly during therapy with this medicine. The symptoms of high blood pressure are blurred vision, dizziness, nervousness, headache, pounding in the ears, or a slow or fast heartbeat.

This medicine may cause serious heart and blood vessel problems. Call your doctor right away if you have chest pain or discomfort, numbness or weakness on one side of your body, pain or discomfort in your arms, jaw, back or neck, shortness of breath, trouble talking, or vision changes.

If you are rapidly gaining weight, having shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, extreme tiredness or weakness, irregular breathing, irregular heartbeat, or excessive swelling of the hands, wrist, ankles, or feet, check with your doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of heart problems or your body keeping too much water.

Check with your doctor right away if you have severe stomach burning, cramps, or pains, bloody or black, tarry stools, trouble breathing, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds. These could be symptoms of a serious bowel problem.

This medicine may increase your chance of bleeding and cause a delay in wound healing. To help with this problem, stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.

Make sure any doctor who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine at least 24 hours before surgery.

This medicine may increase your chance of having a brain condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). Check with your doctor right away if you have headaches, seizures, extreme drowsiness, confusion, or problems with vision while you are using this medicine.

This medicine may cause a serious skin problem called hand-foot syndrome. Check with your doctor right away if you have a skin rash or any redness, pain, swelling, or blisters on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal (eg, St. John's wort) or vitamin supplements.