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  • #596
    MJ
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    I advise you to talk with a gastroenterologist. Even though constipation is a common side-effect that shouldn’t be of immediate concern, the fact that you are taking 3 tablets a day is a concern. You are taking too much of this medication. This medicine should only be taken once a day unless told otherwise by your doctor. If taking this once a day doesn’t work for you, there are other medications that may be better for you. Your doctor would be able to help you with this.

    #593
    richardrodriguez
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    I was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which causes me to experience severe heart burns. Famotidine is the only drug that gives me quick relief. However, when I take around 3 tablets in a day, I end up having constipation. Is this normal?

    MJ
    Moderator

    Side effects for Trimetazidine include, but is not limited to:

    1. Headache
    2.Vomiting
    3. Dizziness
    4. Weakness
    5. Constipation
    6. Nausea

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS.
    1. Your doctor must be consulted prior to taking this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    2. Those with allergy to this medication or any of its components must not attempt to take this medication again.

    3. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with Parkinson’s disease since it may worsen the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Nor is it advised to be used in patients with severe renal impairment because there is an increased risk of the condition worsening.

    4. This medicine may cause drowsiness. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery during treatment with this medicine.

    5. Trimetazidine may cause hypotension. This risk is especially higher in patients undergoing treatment with high blood pressure medicines.

    #454
    MJ
    Moderator

    Mamantine side effects include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. dizziness
    2. confusion
    3. aggression
    4. depression
    5. headache
    6. sleepiness
    7. diarrhea
    8. constipation
    9. nausea
    10. vomiting
    11. weight gain
    12. pain anywhere in your body, especially your back
    13. cough

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    1. shortness of breath
    2. hallucination (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)

    Call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help if you experience serious side effects.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. Extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole; do not chew, divide, or crush them. If you are unable to swallow it whole, you can carefully open a capsule and sprinkle the contents on a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow this mixture immediately without chewing it. Do not save this mixture to use at a later time.

    2. Continue to take memantine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking memantine without talking to your doctor.

    3. Inform your doctor if you have any food or drug allergy.

    4. Before using this drug, inform your doctor about your medical history, especially of:
    a. kidney problems
    b. severe urinary tract infections
    c. recent dietary change (from a high-protein diet to a vegetarian diet).

    5. This medication may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. You should also limit alcoholic beverages.

    6. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Thus. risk and benefits must be discussed with your doctor. Discussion must also be done before breast-feeding a child.

    7. Some of the products that may interact with this drug include:
    a. carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (such as acetazolamide, methazolamide)
    b. sodium bicarbonate

    MJ
    Moderator

    Side effects may be experienced when taking this medication. However, keep in mind that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Side effects include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. Diarrhea
    2. nausea
    3. vomiting
    4. gas
    5. stomach pain
    6. loss of appetite
    7. headache
    8. drowsiness
    9. dizziness
    10. constipation
    11. fatigue
    12. weight gain/loss
    13. muscle/joint pain
    14. change in sexual desire or decreased sexual ability

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    1. mental/mood changes (including severe depression, thoughts of suicide)
    2. signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine)
    3. fainting
    4. fast or pounding heartbeat
    5. vision or hearing changes
    6. increased thirst.

    Get medical help immediately if you have any very serious side effects, including: stomach/abdominal pain that doesn’t go away, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, and seizures.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. Acamprosate may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Inform your doctor if you have any food allergy or allergies to any drug.

    2. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.

    3. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.

    4. Swallow the tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.

    5. If you drink alcohol while you are taking acamprosate, continue to take the medication and call your doctor. It will not cause you to have an unpleasant reaction if you drink alcohol during treatment.

    6. People who drink large amounts of alcohol often become depressed and sometimes try to harm or kill themselves. Taking this medication does not decrease and may increase the risk that you will try to harm yourself. Inform your doctor if you are thinking of, or have ever thought of, harming or killing yourself, or if you have ever tried to do so.

    MJ
    Moderator

    Ranitidine may cause drowsiness. Other side effects include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. headache
    2. constipation
    3. diarrhea
    4. nausea and vomiting
    5. stomach discomfort or pain

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    *Inflammation of the liver characterized by:
    1.yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
    2. tiredness
    3. dark urine
    4. stomach pain

    *Changes in your brain function characterized by:
    1. confusion
    2. agitation
    3. depression
    4. hallucinations (seeing or hearing something that isn’t there)
    5. blurry vision

    *Abnormal heart rate characterized by:
    1. fast heart rate
    2. tiredness
    3. shortness of breath

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. The following drugs should not be used with ranitidine:
    a. Delavirdine
    b. Procainamide
    c. Warfarin
    d. Midazolam and triazolam
    e. Glipizide
    f. Atazanavir
    g. Gefitinib

    2. Stoping this medication suddenly, or if you don’t take it at all, may cause stomach pain due to the high amounts of acid in your stomach, which could then make your condition worse.

    3. This drug may be taken with or without food and may also be cut or crushed before intake.

    4. If you have a kidney condition, your doctor may do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working.

    5. Warning is given for people with health conditions such as:
    a. kidney problems
    b. liver problems
    c. acute porphyria
    d. gastric cancer

    6. This drug should only be used in pregnancy if really needed.

    7. Ranitidine may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

    8. Ranitidine has not been confirmed as safe and effective in children younger than 1 month for any condition.

    MJ
    Moderator

    Lansoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, is well-tolerated. Side effects include, but is not limited to:

    1. diarrhea
    2. nausea
    3. vomiting
    4. constipation
    5. rash
    6. headaches
    7. Dizziness
    8. nervousness
    9. abnormal heartbeat
    10. muscle pain
    11. weakness
    12. leg cramps
    13. water retention

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    *Vitamin B-12 deficiency characterized by:
    1. nervousness
    2. neuritis (inflammation of a nerve)
    3. numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
    4. poor muscular coordination
    5. changes in menstruation

    *Low magnesium levels characterized by:
    1. seizures
    2. dizziness
    3. abnormal or fast heart rate
    4. jitters
    5. tremors (jerking movements or shaking)
    6. muscle weakness
    7. spasms in your hands and feet
    8. cramps or muscle aches
    9. spasms of your voice box

    *Serious allergic reactions characterized by:
    1. rash
    2. swelling of your face
    3. throat tightness
    4. trouble breathing

    *Diarrhea from bacterial infection characterized by:
    1. stomach pain
    2. watery diarrhea
    3. fever

    *Bone fractures

    *Kidney damage characterized by:
    1. flank pain (pain in your side and back)
    2. changes in urination

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

    1. The following drugs should not be used with lansoprazole:
    a. HIV drugs, such as atazanavir, nelfinavir, and drugs that contain rilpivirine
    b. HIV drugs, such as saquinavir
    c. Warfarin
    d. Digoxin
    e. Methotrexate
    f. Tacrolimus
    g. Sucralfate
    h. Rifampin
    i. St. John’s wort
    j. Ampicillin
    k. Ketoconazole and itraconazole
    l. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)
    m. Iron salts
    n. Erlotinib, dasatinib, and nilotinib
    o. Theophylline

    2. This medication can cause severe allergic recation and must not be taken again if ever you’ve had an allergic reaction to it before.

    3. Warnings are given for people with health conditions such as:
    a. liver problems
    b. vitamin B-12 deficiency
    c. osteoporosis
    d. low magnesium levels

    4. It isn’t known if lansoprazole passes into breast milk. If it does, it may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child.

    MJ
    Moderator

    Esomeprazole is non-drowsy, but can cause other side effect listed below, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

    *for Adult:
    1. headache
    2. diarrhea
    3. nausea
    4. flatulence (passing gas)
    5. stomach pain
    6. constipation
    7. dry mouth

    *for Children
    1. headache
    2. diarrhea
    3. nausea
    4. flatulence (passing gas)
    5. stomach pain
    6. constipation
    7. dry mouth
    8. regurgitation (burping up food)
    9. increased breathing rate

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult to your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    *Severe diarrhea characterized by:
    1. watery stool
    2. stomach pain
    3. fever that doesn’t go away

    *Bone fractures

    *Atrophic gastritis characterized by:
    1. stomach pain
    2. nausea
    3. vomiting
    4. weight loss

    *Low magnesium levels characterized by:
    1. seizures
    2. dizziness
    3. abnormal or fast heart rate
    4. jitteriness
    5. tremors (jerking movements or shaking)
    6. muscle weakness
    7. spasms in your hands and feet
    8. cramps or muscle aches
    9. spasm of your voice box

    *Vitamin B-12 deficiency characterized by:
    1. nervousness
    2. inflammation of a nerve which causes nerve pain and tingling
    3. numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
    4. poor muscular coordination
    5. menstrual bleeding that’s heavier than normal

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

    1. Esomeprazole must not be taken with the following drugs:
    a. Clopidogrel
    b. Diazepam
    c. Warfarin
    d. Cilostazol
    e. Digoxin
    f. Methotrexate
    g. Saquinavir
    h. Tacrolimus
    i. Voriconazole
    j. Clarithromycin
    k. Atazanavir
    l. Nelfinavir
    m. Mycophenolate mofetil
    n. Rifampin

    2. Warning for people with the following health conditions:
    a. severe liver problems
    b. low magnesium blood levels
    c. vitamin B-12 deficiency
    d. osteoporosis
    e. people with plans to have neuroendocrine tumor test

    3. Esomeprazole magnesium may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child.

    MJ
    Moderator

    Rabeprazole doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects. This include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. headache
    2. pain in the abdomen (stomach area)
    3. sore throat
    4. gas
    5. infection
    6. constipation
    7. diarrhea

    Mild side effects would usually go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    *Low magnesium levels characterized by:
    1. seizures
    2. dizziness
    3. irregular or fast heartbeat
    4. jitteriness
    5. tremors (jerking movements or shaking)
    6. muscle weakness
    7. spasms of the hands and feet
    8. cramps or muscle aches
    9. spasm of the voice box, with symptoms such as trouble breathing, coughing, wheezing, hoarse voice, or throat tightness

    *Severe diarrhea characterized by:
    1. watery stool
    2. stomach pain
    3. fever

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:
    1. This drug increases your risk for severe diarrhea.

    2. Taking several daily doses for more than a year will increase risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine.

    3. Low magnesium levels caused by this drug usually happens after 1 year of treatment, but could also occur after taking it for 3 months or longer.

    4. This should not be used with HIV drugs such as atazanavir, nelfinavir, or rilpivirine. Using these drugs with rabeprazole can cause very low levels of these drugs in your body, and won’t work as well.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by MJ.
    #399
    MJ
    Moderator

    FAMOTIDINE is an H2 blocker that is used to relieve symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux by decreasing the amount of acid released in your stomach. It is used for conditions such as stomach and duodenal ulcers, Gastroesophageal Relux Disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome wherein the stomach produces too much acid.

    Famotidine’s side effects include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:
    1. Dizziness
    2. Headache
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Constipation
    5. Agitation and restlessness in children

    This common side effects are mild and usually subsides in a few days or couple of weeks.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:
    1. fainting
    2. shortness of Breath
    3. heart rate and heart rhythm problems
    4. unusual muscle pain
    5. fever
    6. weakness
    7. anxiety
    8. depression
    9. seizures
    10. pain in the stomach area
    11. yellowing of your skin
    12. skin blisters

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by admin.
    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by admin.
    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by MJ.
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