Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to allow changes in your dose and to check for any unwanted effects.
Do not take this medicine if you have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, Nardil®, Parnate®) in the past 2 weeks.
Using this medicine may cause stomach or bowel problems. Call your doctor right away if you have abdominal or stomach pain, constipation that does not go away, nausea, vomiting, fever, or dark, tarry stools.
This medicine may cause dizziness, drowsy, faint, lightheaded, trouble in controlling movements, or trouble in concentrating or seeing clearly. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do other jobs that require you to be alert, well-coordinated, or able to think or see well.
Some people who have used this medicine had unusual changes in their behavior. Talk with your doctor right away if you start having problems with gambling or an increased interest in sex while using this medicine.
If you develop any unusual or strange thoughts and behavior while receiving this medicine, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Other changes might be confusion, worsening of depression, visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not there), suicidal thoughts, and unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability.
Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are taking before stopping completely. This may help prevent a possible worsening of your condition and reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, such as convulsions (seizures), difficulty with breathing, a fast heartbeat, a high fever, high or low blood pressure, increased sweating, loss of bladder control, severe muscle stiffness, unusually pale skin, or tiredness.
Check with your doctor right away if you have burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations, weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet, or unsteadiness or awkwardness while you are using this medicine. These may be symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain or discomfort, irregular heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, pain in the shoulders, arms, jaw, or neck, or sweating after receiving this medicine.
It is important that your doctor check your skin regularly for signs of a skin cancer called melanoma. If you notice any unusual red, brown, or black spots on your skin, talk to your doctor right away.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.
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 or vitamin supplements.