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What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
• If you have a blood clotting disorder, talk with healthcare provider.
• If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
• If you are on a lactose-free diet, talk with healthcare provider.
• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
• Talk with healthcare provider before receiving any vaccinations. Use with this medicine may either increase the risk of serious infection or make the vaccination less effective.
• Talk with healthcare provider before using aspirin, aspirin-containing products, other pain medicines, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, or vitamin E.
• Use two forms of birth control that you can trust before treatment begins, during treatment, and for 4 weeks after treatment ends.
• If you are a male and sexually active, protect your partner from pregnancy. Use a latex condom.
• Do not donate blood while using this medicine and for 1 month after stopping.
• If you are male, do not donate sperm while using this medicine and for 1 month after stopping.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
• Risk of infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.
• Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count.
• Back pain.
• Belly pain.
• Blurred vision. Use caution when driving or doing other tasks that require you to have clear vision.
• Joint pain.
• Muscle weakness.
• Feeling tired or weak.
• Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
• Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
• Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
• Chest pain or pressure.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Swelling or pain of leg or arm.
• Severe nausea or vomiting.
• Severe diarrhea.
• Unusual bruising or bleeding.
• Feeling extremely tired or weak.
• For females, if you become pregnant while taking this medicine.
• Severe skin irritation.
• Any rash.
• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.