Precautions

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits for any unwanted effects or problems that may be caused by this medicine.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you are a woman who can bear children, your doctor will give you a pregnancy test 7 days before you start using this medicine to make sure you are not pregnant. Use a highly effective form of birth control during treatment and for 24 months after the last dose. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine may also cause birth defects if the father is using it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. Male patients (including those who had a vasectomy) should use condoms and spermicides as forms of birth control during treatment with this medicine and for 3 months after the last dose.

This medicine may cause serious skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), which maybe life-threatening. Check with your doctor right away if you have black, tarry stools, blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin, chills, cough, diarrhea, itching, muscle or joint pain, irritated eyes, red skin lesions, often with a purple center, painful or difficult urination, sore throat, sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, swollen glands, trouble breathing, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual tiredness or weakness.

Do not donate blood or blood products during treatment with this medicine and for 24 months after the last dose.

For male patients: Do not donate semen during treatment with this medicine and for 3 months after the last dose.