Precautions

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It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests will be needed to check for unwanted effects. Be sure to keep all appointments.

You may bleed or bruise more easily while you are using this medicine. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Avoid nose picking and forceful nose blowing.

Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.

This medicine may cause bleeding problems. This risk is higher if you have a catheter in your back for pain medicine or anesthesia (sometimes called an "epidural"), or if you have kidney problems. The risk of bleeding increases if your kidney problems get worse. Check with your doctor right away if you have any unusual bleeding or bruising, black, tarry stools, bleeding gums, blood in the urine or stools, tingling, numbness, or weakness of the lower legs, or pinpoint red spots on your skin.

Check with your doctor right away if you have a decreased urine output, confusion, dizziness, nausea, rapid weight gain, swelling of the face, ankles, or hands, or unusual tiredness or weakness after receiving the medicine. These may be symptoms of a serious kidney problem.

Be careful when using a regular toothbrush, dental floss, or toothpick. Your medical doctor, dentist, or nurse may recommend other ways to clean your teeth and gums. Check with your medical doctor before having any dental work done.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. Doing so, may increase your risk of having a stroke.

Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment with 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 (eg, St. John's wort) or vitamin supplements.

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