It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you are a woman who can get pregnant, your doctor may do tests to make sure you are not pregnant before starting this medicine. Women should use an effective form of birth control to avoid pregnancy during treatment and for at least 9 months after the last dose. Men should use an effective form of birth control to avoid pregnancy in sexual partners during treatment and for at least 6 months after the last dose. If you think a pregnancy has occurred with the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you plan to have children. Some men who use this medicine have become infertile (unable to have children).
This medicine may cause fluid retention (eg, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion). Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain or discomfort, swelling in the stomach and bloating, or trouble breathing while using this medicine.
This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. 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.
Check with your doctor right away if you have an increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, itching, rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin, redness or other discoloration of the skin, severe sunburn, or unusually warm skin. These may be symptoms of serious skin reactions (eg, photosensitivity reaction, exfoliative rash, maculopapular rash, and erythema). Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.