What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Notify your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms get worse, if you have new symptoms, if you are having an unusual effect from this medicine, or if you feel out of control, very discouraged or think you might harm yourself or others.
After your injection, you will need to stay at the clinic where you receive the injection for at least 3 hours so the doctor can make sure you do not have symptoms of Post-injection Delirium Sedation Syndrome (PDSS). PDSS is a serious problem that can happen if the medicine gets into your blood too fast. Some symptoms of PDSS include drowsiness, dizziness, feeling confused, having trouble talking or walking, seizures, having stiff or shaking muscles, feeling weak, being anxious or angry, passing out or fainting, and having blood pressure changes. When you leave the clinic, someone must be with you. If you have symptoms of PDSS after you leave the clinic or hospital, get medical help right away.
Do not drive or use heavy machinery for the rest of the day after receiving your injection. You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.
Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
If you notice an increased hunger or thirst, different from your normal hunger or thirst, or if you find that you have to urinate more frequently, you should contact your health care provider as soon as possible. You may need to have your blood sugar monitored. This medicine may cause changes in your blood sugar levels. You should monitor you blood sugar frequently if you have diabetes.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water will help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.
If you smoke, tell your doctor if you notice this medicine is not working well for you. Talk to your doctor if you are a smoker or if you decide to stop smoking.