Precautions While Using This Medicine
doctor should check your progress at regular visits, especially for the first
few months you take this medicine. This will allow your dosage to be changed
as necessary to meet your needs.
Your doctor may want you to have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist
(eye doctor) before and also sometime later during treatment.
Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking
with your doctor
. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the
amount you are taking before stopping completely, to prevent side effects
or the worsening of your condition.
This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants
(medicines that slow down the nervous system, possibly causing drowsiness).
Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for hay fever,
other allergies, or colds; sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine;
prescription pain medicine or narcotics; barbiturates; medicine for seizures;
muscle relaxants; or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your doctor before taking any of the above while
you are using this medicine
Do not take this medicine within 1 hour of taking medicine for diarrhea.
Taking these medicines too close together will make this medicine less effective.
If you think you or anyone else has taken an overdose of this medicine,
get emergency help at once. Taking an overdose of this medicine may lead to
unconsciousness. Some signs of an overdose are clumsiness or unsteadiness;
seizures; severe drowsiness; severe dryness of mouth, nose and throat; fast
heartbeat; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not
there); mood or mental changes; shortness of breath or troubled breathing;
trouble in sleeping; and unusual warmth, dryness, and flushing of skin.
This medicine may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light than
they are normally. Wearing sunglasses and avoiding too much exposure to bright
light may help lessen the discomfort.
This medicine may cause some people to have blurred vision or to become
drowsy, dizzy, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines,
or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert
or able to see well
Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur, especially when you
get up from lying or sitting. Getting up slowly may help. If the problem continues
or gets worse, check with your doctor.
This medicine may make you sweat less, causing your body temperature to
increase. Use extra care to avoid becoming overheated
during exercise or hot weather while you are taking this medicine, since overheating
may result in heat stroke
. Also, hot baths or saunas may make you feel
dizzy or faint while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause dryness of the mouth. For temporary relief, use
sugarless candy or gum, melt bits of ice in your mouth, or use a saliva substitute.
However, if your mouth continues to feel dry for more than 2 weeks, check
with your medical doctor or dentist. Continuing dryness of the mouth may increase
the chance of dental disease, including tooth decay, gum disease, and fungus