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  • MJ
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    In spite of the needed effects, a medication may cause unwanted effects. This include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. headache
    2. blurred vision
    3. eye burning or stinging
    4. dry eyes
    5. sore throat
    6. taste changes

    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 EFFECT would be an allergic reaction to this medication characterized by:
    1. rash
    2. itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
    3. dizziness
    4. trouble breathing.
    This requires immediate medical attention.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATONS
    1. This medication may contain inactive ingredients and preservatives that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Inform your doctor for any allergy you have.

    2. Your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

    3. This medication interacts with the following drugs, Amifampridine, Bupropion, Donepezil, and Pitolisant, thus, are not usually recommended to be used together. If these medications are needed, the doctor would need to change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

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    MJ
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    Olopatadine eye drops is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It is used to treat itching of the eye caused by a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye). It works by preventing the effects of certain inflammatory substances, which are produced by cells in your eyes and sometimes cause allergic reactions.

    To instill the eye drops, these steps are to be followed:
    1. Wash your hands. Tilt your head back and, pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eye. Do not blink. Keep the eye closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the medicine to cover the eye.
    2. If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, repeat the directions with another drop.
    3. To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.


    MJ
    Moderator

    Lisinopril oral tablet does not cause drowsiness. However, it may cause low blood pressure which can make you feel faint or dizzy. Other side effects include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. headache
    2. dizziness
    3. persistent cough
    4. low blood pressure
    5. chest 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
    1. allergic reaction characterized by:
    a. swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
    b. trouble breathing
    c. trouble swallowing
    d. stomach (abdomen) pain with or without nausea or vomiting

    2. kidney problems characterized by:
    a. tiredness
    b. swelling, especially of your hands, feet, or ankles
    c. shortness of breath
    d. weight gain

    3. liver failure characterized by:
    a. yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
    b. elevated liver enzymes
    c. stomach pain
    d. nausea and vomiting

    4. high potassium levels

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. This medication could cause very high potassium levels which could lead to arrhythmia (heart rate or rhythm problems). Your risk may be higher if you have kidney disease or diabetes, or if you’re taking other drugs that increase potassium levels.

    2. This drug may react to other medications such as:
    a. Blood pressure drugs (including candesartan, eprosartan, irbesartan, losartan, olmesartan, telmisartan, valsartan, azilsartan, benazepril, captopril, enalapril, fosinopril, moexipril, perindopril, quinapril, ramipril, trandolapril, aliskiren
    b. Diabetes drugs
    c. Diuretics (including hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone, furosemide, bumetanide
    d. Mood stabilizer drugs
    e. nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    f. Drugs preventing organ transplant rejection (temsirolimus, sirolimus, everolimus)
    g. injectable gold
    h. Neprilysin inhibitors (sacubitril)

    3. This drug may cause severe allergic reaction and must not be taken again if ever you’ve had an allergic reaction to it.

    4. This drug can have a negative impact on the development of a fetus. It should only be used during pregnancy in serious cases where it’s needed to treat a dangerous condition in the mother.


    MJ
    Moderator

    Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Side effects for Galantamine includes, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. nausea
    2. vomiting
    3. diarrhea
    4. dizziness
    5. headache
    6. decreased appetite
    7. weight loss

    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
    *Serious skin reactions characterized skin rash

    *atrioventricular (AV) block, which is a problem with electrical signals sent within the heart, as characterized by:
    1. slow heart rate
    2. tiredness
    3. dizziness
    4. fainting

    *slow heart rate and fainting

    *stomach ulcers and bleeding characterized by:
    1. heartburn
    2. stomach pain that doesn’t go away
    3. nausea or vomiting
    4. blood in your vomit or dark vomit that looks like coffee grounds
    5. bowel movements that look like black tar

    *worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung diseases

    *seizures

    *trouble urinating

    SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
    1. Medications that could interact with this drug are:
    a. amitriptyline
    b. desipramine
    c. doxepin
    d. nortriptyline
    e. chlorpheniramine
    f. diphenhydramine
    g. hydroxyzine
    h. dimenhydrinate
    i. meclizine
    j. darifenacin
    k. oxybutynin
    l. tolterodine
    m. trospium
    n. dicyclomine
    o. hyoscyamine
    p. loperamide
    q. donepezil
    r. rivastigmine
    s. succinylcholine
    t. bethanechol

    2. Warning is given to people with the following health conditions:
    a. heart problems
    b. stomach ulcers or bleeding
    c. lung problems
    d. bladder problems
    e. seizures or epilepsy
    f. liver problems
    g. kidney problems

    3. Galantamine should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

    4. This medication can cause a severe allergic reaction and must not be taken again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to this before.


    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

    Disulfiram could cause side effects that include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:
    1. skin rash
    2. acne
    3. mild headache
    4. drowsiness
    5. tiredness
    6. impotence
    7. metallic taste or garlic-like taste in the mouth

    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. excessive tiredness
    2. weakness
    3. lack of energy
    4. loss of appetitie
    5. upset stomach
    6. vomiting
    7. yellowness of the skin or eyes
    8. dark urine

    Call your doctor immediately if you experience serious side effects.

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. Disulfiram may cause allergic reactions. Inform your doctor if you have any drug allergies.

    2. Tell your physician what medications you are taking, especially amitriptyline (Elavil), anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin), isoniazid, metronidazole (Flagyl), phenytoin (Dilantin), and any nonprescription drugs that might contain alcohol.

    3. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding must also inform their doctor

    4. This medication has the tendency to make a person drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

    5. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages (including wine, beer, and medications that contain alcohol such as cough syrup) while taking disulfiram, during the 12-hour period before you take your first dose, and for several weeks after stopping the drug.

    6. Avoid sauces, vinegars, and all foods and beverages containing alcohol.


    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.

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    MJ
    Moderator

    The following must be considered when taking Famotidine:

    1. This can cause a severe allergic reaction so if you have trouble breathing, rashes, or swelling of the throat or tongue, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

    2. Those with moderate to severe kidney problems may may not be able to excrete the drug from the body completely and will then increase the levels of the drug in the body. Make sure that your doctor has cleared you to take this medication.

    3. This medication must only be used in pregnancy if clearly needed and with the advise of your doctor.

    4. This drug passes into breast milk and may lead to side effects to your breastfed child.

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