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Tacrolimus (Systemic) Side Effects and Warnings

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What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• The risk of cancer is higher after using this medicine.

• If you have high blood pressure, talk with healthcare provider.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Do not take antacids, cholestyramine, or colestipol within 2 hours of this medicine.

• Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• 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.

• Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers that you use this medicine.

• You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• High blood pressure.

• Worsening kidney function.

• Risk of infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.

• Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.

• Headache.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

• Inability to sleep.

• Sunburn.

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.

• Severe headache.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• Increased trips to the bathroom, increased thirst, or weight loss.

• Unable to pass urine.

• Severe swelling.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

 
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