Eylea – New drug to treat macular degeneration

The FDA approved a new treatment for age related macular degeneration called Eylea (Aflibercept) of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.Macular degeneration is one of the most common cause of blindness, rapid decline of sharp vision among older in American. Through many efforts and  studies, now there will be a medication treatment for the particular cases.

How does Eylea work and get the approval from PDA?

Prior treatment is for wet age-related macular degeneration. In this form, there is abnormal growth of blood vessels that can leak fluid into the macula, leading to vision loss. The participant’s vision performs a positive change.

Specifically, the before image shows white where blood vessels were leaking fluid into his macula while the after image shows what happened after the drug did its work soaking up molecules, said Dr Alexander Eaton who played a part in the approval for the medical breakthrough. The most significant improvement with Eylea is the patient can go longer between treatments, added he.

Eylea will cost about $1,850 per dose or $16,000 for a year’s treatment, said Robert Terifay, senior vice president for commercial, during a conference call. The drug will be available for doctors to order Nov. 21 and delivered by the next day, he said.

For more information about this drug approval, go to: www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-19/regeneron-wins-fda-approval-for-blindness-drug-eylea/

Eptifibatide

What is Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide keeps the platelets in your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.

Eptifibatide is used to prevent blood clots or heart attack in people with severe chest pain or other conditions, and in those who are undergoing a procedure called angioplasty (to open blocked arteries).

Eptifibatide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Eptifibatide?

Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to eptifibatide, or to similar drugs such as abciximab (ReoPro) or eptifibatide (Integrilin)

Do not receive this medication if you have a stomach ulcer or ulcerative colitis, severe liver disease, severe high blood pressure, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, a history of head injury, brain tumor, or blood clot in the brain (aneurysm), a stroke or any type of bleeding within the past 30 days, or any type of surgery, injury, or medical emergency within the past 6 weeks.

Eptifibatide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, aspirin is sometimes given with eptifibatide, and aspirin can cause bleeding when it is taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Aspirin can also cause side effects in a newborn baby.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with eptifibatide and aspirin.

Because eptifibatide keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, it can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Eptifibatide?

Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to eptifibatide, if you have or will soon receive treatment with similar medications such as abciximab (ReoPro) or tirofiban (Aggrastat), or if you have:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
  • a severe form of hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia
  • a history of blood clot in the brain (aneurysm)
  • if you have had a stroke or any type of bleeding within the past 30 days; or
  • if you have had any type of surgery, injury, or medical emergency within the past 6 weeks

Before using eptifibatide, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs

FDA Pregnancy Category B. Eptifibatide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether eptifibatide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eptifibatide Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Eptifibatide?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • feeling light-headed, fainting
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, fever, and urinating more or less than usual

Less serious side effects may also occur, such as:

  • nausea, stomach pain
  • runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat; or
  • mild headache or dizziness

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Eptifibatide Interactions

What other drugs affect Eptifibatide?

Before receiving eptifibatide, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, ardeparin (Normiflo), dalteparin (Fragmin), danaparoid (Orgaran), enoxaparin (Lovenox), or tinzaparin (Innohep); or
  • any other medications used to prevent blood clots, such as alteplase (Activase), anistreplase (Eminase), clopidogrel (Plavix), dipyridamole (Persantine), streptokinase (Kabikinase, Streptase), ticlopidine (Ticlid), or urokinase (Abbokinase)

If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to receive eptifibatide, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

There may be other drugs not listed that can affect eptifibatide. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide lowers blood cells that help your blood clot. This can make it easier for you to bruise or bleed from an injury or minor cut. Avoid activities that increase your risk of a bruising or bleeding injury. Use extra caution to avoid cuts when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Avoid drinking alcohol while receiving eptifibatide. Alcohol may increase your risk of bleeding in your stomach or intestines.

Eptifibatide Dosage

How should I take Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

If you are receiving this injection during an angioplasty procedure, the medicine will be given throughout the entire procedure and for up to 24 hours after the procedure.

Eptifibatide is usually given continuously for up to 4 days.

Eptifibatide is sometimes given together with aspirin.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Because eptifibatide keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, it can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.

What happens if I overdose on Eptifibatide?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of an eptifibatide overdose may include severe bleeding.

What happens if I miss a dose of Eptifibatide?

Since eptifibatide is usually given in a hospital or clinic setting as needed, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.

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Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

What is Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. Magnesium sulfate also increases water in the intestines, which may induce defecation.

Magnesium hydroxide is used as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation (irregularity).

Magnesium sulfate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Before taking magnesium sulfate, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Magnesium sulfate may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not use magnesium sulfate as a laxative if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by a doctor. If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative. Magnesium sulfate should not be used for longer than one week, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a more serious condition; stop using magnesium sulfate and contact your healthcare provider.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Do not take magnesium sulfate without first talking to your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Do not use magnesium sulfate as a laxative if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by a doctor. If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative. Magnesium sulfate should not be used for longer than one week, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a more serious condition; stop using magnesium sulfate and contact your healthcare provider.

Before taking magnesium sulfate, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Magnesium sulfate may not be recommended in some situations.

It is not known whether magnesium sulfate will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take magnesium sulfate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

It is not known whether magnesium sulfate will be harmful to an nursing baby. Do not take magnesium sulfate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Epsom Salt Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Stop taking magnesium sulfate and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take magnesium sulfate and talk to your doctor if you experience diarrhea or upset stomach.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Epsom Salt Interactions

What other drugs affect Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Before taking magnesium sulfate, talk to your doctor if you are taking

  • a tetracycline antibiotic such as tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin V, and others), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Vibramycin, Monodox, Doxy, and others), minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, and others), or oxytetracycline (Terramycin, and others)
  • a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), grepafloxacin (Raxar), and others
  • penicillamine (Cuprimine)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps); or
  • nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin, Furadantin, others)

You not be able to take magnesium sulfate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here can also interact with magnesium sulfate. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter or prescription medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

What should I avoid while taking Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking magnesium sulfate unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Epsom Salt Dosage

How should I take Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Take magnesium sulfate exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Magnesium sulfate may be used orally or as a rectal enema. Follow your doctor’s instructions or the directions on the package.

Do not use magnesium sulfate as a laxative if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by a doctor. If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative. Magnesium sulfate should not be used for longer than one week, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a more serious condition; stop using magnesium sulfate and contact your healthcare provider.

Do not take more magnesium sulfate than is directed.

Store magnesium sulfate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of an magnesium sulfate overdose include nausea, vomiting, flushing, low blood pressure, a slow heartbeat, drowsiness, coma, and death.

What happens if I miss a dose of Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

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Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide

What is Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention.

Eprosartan is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Eprosartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

The combination of hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Eprosartan may cause injury and even death to the unborn baby if you take it during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Use an effective form of birth control. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

Hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan.

In rare cases, hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to eprosartan or hydrochlorothiazide (Carozide, Diaqua, Ezide HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide, and others), or if you are unable to urinate.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication:

  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • low or high levels of potassium in your blood
  • asthma or allergies
  • high cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • gout
  • lupus
  • diabetes; or
  • an allergy to sulfa drugs

FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan may cause injury and even death to the unborn baby if you take it during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Do not use hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan without your doctor’s consent if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

Call your doctor at once if you have any other serious side effects, such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out
  • chest pain, feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion
  • fever
  • swelling, rapid weight gain
  • urinating more or less than usual, or not at all
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • dry mouth, increased thirst, drowsiness, restless feeling, confusion, increased urination, fast heart rate, feeling light-headed, fainting, or seizure (convulsions)

Less serious side effects may include:

  • stomach pain
  • back pain
  • dizziness, drowsiness
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose, sore throat; or
  • dry cough

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide Interactions

What other drugs affect Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Before taking hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • any other blood pressure medications
  • steroids (prednisone and others)
  • lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran) or colestipol (Colestid)
  • insulin or diabetes medicine you take by mouth
  • a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton)
  • any other diuretics, such as amiloride (Midamor), spironolactone (Aldactone), triamterene (Dyrenium, Maxzide, Dyazide), and others
  • an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others
  • a muscle relaxer such as baclofen (Lioresal), carisoprodol (Soma), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), dantrolene (Dantrium), metaxalone (Skelaxin), or methocarbamol (Robaxin), orphenadrine (Norflex), or tizanidine (Zanaflex); or
  • a narcotic medication such as hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin), meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Methadose), oxycodone (OxyContin), propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), and others

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink. In some cases, drinking too much liquid can be as unsafe as not drinking enough.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide Dosage

How should I take Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Call your doctor if you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You can easily become dehydrated while taking this medication, which can lead to severely low blood pressure or a serious electrolyte imbalance.

Hydrochlorothiazide can interfere with the results of a thyroid test. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.

It may take up to 3 weeks for this medication to control your blood pressure. Keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store hydrochlorothiazide and eprosartan at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include fast or slow heartbeat, feeling light-headed, or fainting.

What happens if I miss a dose of Eprosartan Hydrochlorothiazide?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Eprosartan

What is Eprosartan?

Eprosartan is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Eprosartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.

Eprosartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It is sometimes given together with other blood pressure medications.

Eprosartan may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Eprosartan?

Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. Eprosartan may cause injury and even death to the unborn baby if you take it during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Use an effective form of birth control. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to eprosartan.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of eprosartan.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking eprosartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.

In rare cases, eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Eprosartan?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to eprosartan.

Before using eprosartan, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • if you are dehydrated

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.

FDA pregnancy category D. This medication can cause harm to an unborn baby. Eprosartan may cause injury and even death to the unborn baby if you take it during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Do not use eprosartan without your doctor’s consent if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether eprosartan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eprosartan Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Eprosartan?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, eprosartan can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, nausea or vomiting, and dark colored urine.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these other serious side effects, such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out
  • painful or difficult urination
  • chest pain; or
  • swelling in your hands or feet

Less serious side effects may include:

  • runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough
  • joint pain
  • nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea
  • headache, dizziness; or
  • tired feeling

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Eprosartan Interactions

What other drugs affect Eprosartan?

Before taking eprosartan, tell your doctor if you are also taking a diuretic (water pill).

There may be other drugs that can interact with eprosartan. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Eprosartan?

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of eprosartan.

Do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes while you are taking eprosartan, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.

Eprosartan Dosage

How should I take Eprosartan?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

You may take eprosartan with or without food.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood pressure will need to be checked on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

It may take 2 to 3 weeks of using this medicine before your blood pressure is under control. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks of treatment.

Keep using this medication even if you feel fine. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.

Store eprosartan at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Eprosartan?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include dizziness or feeling like you might pass out.

What happens if I miss a dose of Eprosartan?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil,Polycarbophil)

What is Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Polycarbophil is a bulk-forming laxative that increases the amount of water in your stools to help make them softer and easier to pass.

Polycarbophil is used to treat constipation and to help maintain regular bowel movements.

Polycarbophil may also be used in some cases to treat diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.

Polycarbophil may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to polycarbophil or to mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, or povidone (such as Betadine).

Before using polycarbophil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have trouble swallowing, a blockage in your intestines, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, a history of bleeding from your rectum, or a sudden change in your bowel habits that has lasted for 2 weeks or longer.

Ask your doctor before taking polycarbophil if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

The polycarbophil tablet may expand in your throat and cause you to choke if you do not use enough liquid to help swallow the pill. Be sure to drink a full 8-ounce glass of water or other liquid while swallowing the regular tablet or after chewing the chewable tablet.

Polycarbophil is usually taken up to 4 times per day. Do not take more than recommended by your doctor or listed on the medicine label.

Polycarbophil should cause you to have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours.

Do not take polycarbophil for longer than 7 days unless your doctor tells you to.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to polycarbophil or to mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, or povidone (such as Betadine).

Before using polycarbophil, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • trouble swallowing
  • a blockage in your intestines
  • stomach pain with nausea or vomiting
  • a history of bleeding from your rectum; or
  • a sudden change in your bowel habits that has lasted for 2 weeks or longer

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to take polycarbophil, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

Ask your doctor before taking polycarbophil if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Some forms of polycarbophil may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this medication if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

Do not give this medicine to a young child without the advice of a doctor.

Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using polycarbophil and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • vomiting
  • choking on the tablet
  • trouble swallowing
  • chest pain; or
  • rectal bleeding

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stomach pain
  • bloating; or
  • gas

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) Interactions

What other drugs affect Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

There may be other drugs that can interact with polycarbophil. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Avoid taking polycarbophil within 2 hours before or after you take any other medications. A laxative can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines.

Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) Dosage

How should I take Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass (8 ounces) of water or other liquid. The tablet may expand in your throat and cause you to choke if you do not use enough liquid to help swallow the pill. Unless you need to restrict your fluid intake, drink plenty of fluids each day while you are taking polycarbophil.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before your swallow it.

Older adults may be more likely to choke while taking this medication. Be sure to drink a full glass of water while swallowing the regular tablet, or after chewing the chewable tablet.

Polycarbophil is usually taken up to 4 times per day. Do not take more of this medicine than recommended by your doctor or printed on the medicine label.

Polycarbophil should cause you to have a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours. Call your doctor if your constipation does not improve after 3 days of taking this medication.

Do not take polycarbophil for longer than 7 days unless your doctor tells you to. Overuse of a laxative may cause damage to the nerves, muscles, or tissues in your intestines.

Store polycarbophil at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of polycarbophil is not likely to produce life-threatening side effects.

What happens if I miss a dose of Equalactin (Calcium Polycarbophil) (Polycarbophil)?

Since polycarbophil is usually taken as needed, you will not be on a long-term dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication daily for up to 7 days, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)

What is Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Abacavir and lamivudine is an antiviral medication. It is in a group of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medicines called reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Abacavir and lamivudine helps keep the HIV virus from reproducing in the body.

Abacavir and lamivudine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Abacavir and lamivudine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Abacavir and lamivudine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: fever; rash; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain; general tiredness, body aches; shortness of breath, cough, sore throat.

Once you have had an allergic reaction to abacavir and lamivudine, you must never use it again.

Before taking abacavir and lamivudine, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a risk factor for heart disease such as smoking, diabetes, or high cholesterol.

You may need a blood test before you start taking abacavir and lamivudine for the first time, or if you are restarting the medication after stopping for reasons not related to an allergic reaction.

Read the Warning Card that comes with this medication, and carry it with you at all times so you will know the symptoms of allergic reaction to watch for.

Some people have developed a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis while taking this medicine. Early signs of lactic acidosis generally get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.

Do not allow this medicine to run out completely before you get your prescription refilled. If you miss several doses, you could have a dangerous or even fatal allergic reaction when you start taking the medicine again. If you stop taking abacavir and lamivudine for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking the medication again.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

You should not take abacavir and lamivudine if you have liver disease. Do not take this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to abacavir. Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine that contains abacavir, such as Trizivir or Ziagen. Once you have had an allergic reaction to abacavir and lamivudine, you must never use it again.

You may need a blood test before you start taking abacavir and lamivudine for the first time, or if you are restarting the medication after stopping for reasons not related to an allergic reaction.

Some people have developed a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis while taking this medicine. You may be more likely to develop lactic acidosis if you are overweight or have liver disease, or if you have taken certain HIV or AIDS medications for a long time. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:

  • kidney disease
  • heart disease or high blood pressure; or
  • a risk factor for heart disease such as smoking, diabetes, or high cholesterol

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether abacavir and lamivudine is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. HIV can be passed to the baby if the mother is not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection while you are pregnant.

You should not breast-feed while you are using abacavir. Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed at all. Even if your baby is born without HIV, you may still pass the virus to the baby in your breast milk.

This medication should not be given to children under 18 years old

Epzicom Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to abacavir:

  • Group 1 – fever
  • Group 2 – rash
  • Group 3 – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Group 4 – general tiredness, body aches
  • Group 5 – shortness of breath, cough, sore throat

Once you have had an allergic reaction to abacavir, you must never use it again. If you stop taking abacavir and lamivudine for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking the medication again.

Other serious side effects that may not be signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • stomach pain, low fever, lost appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • lactic acidosis – muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips

Less serious side effects include:

  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and trunk)
  • sleep problems or strange dreams
  • headache, depression, anxiety; or
  • mild diarrhea

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Epzicom Interactions

What other drugs affect Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • methadone (Methadose, Dolophine)
  • ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetron, Virazole)
  • interferon (Rebetron, Roferon, Intron, Alferon, Infergen, Avonex, Rebif, Betaseron, Actimune); or
  • other medications that contain abacavir or lamivudine (Combivir, Epivir, Trizivir, Ziagen)

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with abacavir and lamivudine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Avoid taking other medications that contain abacavir or lamivudine, such as Combivir, Epivir, Trizivir, or Ziagen.

Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing needles, razors, or toothbrushes. Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.

Epzicom Dosage

How should I take Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

You may take abacavir and lamivudine with or without food.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide and a Warning Card that lists the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Read this information carefully and carry the Warning Card with you at all times so you will know what symptoms to watch for.

HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

If you have hepatitis B you may develop liver symptoms after you stop taking this medication, even months after stopping. Your doctor may want to check your liver function at regular visits for several months after you stop using abacavir and lamivudine. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of an abacavir and lamivudine overdose are not known.

What happens if I miss a dose of Epzicom (Abacavir Lamivudine)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Do not allow this medicine to run out completely before you get your prescription refilled. It is important that you not stop taking the medicine once you have started. If you miss several doses, you may have a dangerous or even fatal allergic reaction once you start taking abacavir again. If you stop taking abacavir and lamivudine for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking the medication again.

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Eptifibatide

What is Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide keeps the platelets in your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.

Eptifibatide is used to prevent blood clots or heart attack in people with severe chest pain or other conditions, and in those who are undergoing a procedure called angioplasty (to open blocked arteries).

Eptifibatide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Eptifibatide?

Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to eptifibatide, or to similar drugs such as abciximab (ReoPro) or eptifibatide (Integrilin)

Do not receive this medication if you have a stomach ulcer or ulcerative colitis, severe liver disease, severe high blood pressure, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, a history of head injury, brain tumor, or blood clot in the brain (aneurysm), a stroke or any type of bleeding within the past 30 days, or any type of surgery, injury, or medical emergency within the past 6 weeks.

Eptifibatide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, aspirin is sometimes given with eptifibatide, and aspirin can cause bleeding when it is taken during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Aspirin can also cause side effects in a newborn baby.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with eptifibatide and aspirin.

Because eptifibatide keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, it can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Eptifibatide?

Do not receive this medication if you are allergic to eptifibatide, if you have or will soon receive treatment with similar medications such as abciximab (ReoPro) or tirofiban (Aggrastat), or if you have:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
  • a severe form of hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia
  • a history of blood clot in the brain (aneurysm)
  • if you have had a stroke or any type of bleeding within the past 30 days; or
  • if you have had any type of surgery, injury, or medical emergency within the past 6 weeks

Before using eptifibatide, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs

FDA Pregnancy Category B. Eptifibatide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether eptifibatide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not receive this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Eptifibatide Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Eptifibatide?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • feeling light-headed, fainting
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
  • sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, fever, and urinating more or less than usual

Less serious side effects may also occur, such as:

  • nausea, stomach pain
  • runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat; or
  • mild headache or dizziness

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Eptifibatide Interactions

What other drugs affect Eptifibatide?

Before receiving eptifibatide, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, ardeparin (Normiflo), dalteparin (Fragmin), danaparoid (Orgaran), enoxaparin (Lovenox), or tinzaparin (Innohep); or
  • any other medications used to prevent blood clots, such as alteplase (Activase), anistreplase (Eminase), clopidogrel (Plavix), dipyridamole (Persantine), streptokinase (Kabikinase, Streptase), ticlopidine (Ticlid), or urokinase (Abbokinase)

If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to receive eptifibatide, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

There may be other drugs not listed that can affect eptifibatide. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide lowers blood cells that help your blood clot. This can make it easier for you to bruise or bleed from an injury or minor cut. Avoid activities that increase your risk of a bruising or bleeding injury. Use extra caution to avoid cuts when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Avoid drinking alcohol while receiving eptifibatide. Alcohol may increase your risk of bleeding in your stomach or intestines.

Eptifibatide Dosage

How should I take Eptifibatide?

Eptifibatide is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

If you are receiving this injection during an angioplasty procedure, the medicine will be given throughout the entire procedure and for up to 24 hours after the procedure.

Eptifibatide is usually given continuously for up to 4 days.

Eptifibatide is sometimes given together with aspirin.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Because eptifibatide keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots, it can also make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.

What happens if I overdose on Eptifibatide?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of an eptifibatide overdose may include severe bleeding.

What happens if I miss a dose of Eptifibatide?

Since eptifibatide is usually given in a hospital or clinic setting as needed, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.

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Equetro (Carbamazepine)

What is Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Carbamazepine is in a group of drugs called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain.

Carbamazepine is used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Carbamazepine is also used to treat bipolar disorder.

Carbamazepine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

You should not take this medicine if you have a history of bone marrow suppression, or if you are allergic to an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil), or nortriptyline (Pamelor).

Do not take carbamazepine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) in the past 14 days.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

There are many other medicines that could cause a drug interaction if you take them together with carbamazepine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.

Do not use carbamazepine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (not birth control pills) to prevent pregnancy while taking carbamazepine.

Do not stop using carbamazepine without first talking to your doctor. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant side effects if you stop using carbamazepine suddenly.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to carbamazepine or to certain antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Tofranil), and others.

Do not use carbamazepine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days.

You should not take carbamazepine if you have a history of bone marrow suppression, or if you are also taking nefazodone.

Before taking carbamazepine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • a history of serious side effects from any drug
  • liver or kidney disease
  • porphyria
  • heart disease or heart block
  • lupus
  • a history of mental illness; or
  • glaucoma

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take carbamazepine.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.

Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Patients of Asian ancestry may have a higher risk of developing a rare but serious skin reaction to carbamazepine. Your doctor may recommend a blood test before you start the medication to determine your risk of this skin reaction.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use carbamazepine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Carbamazepine can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking carbamazepine.

Carbamazepine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Equetro Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
  • feeling short of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet
  • nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • urinating less than usual

Less serious side effects may include:

  • feeling dizzy, drowsy, or unsteady
  • vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain
  • confusion, headache, blurred vision
  • ringing in your ears
  • dry mouth, swollen tongue; or
  • joint or muscle pain, leg cramps

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Equetro Interactions

What other drugs affect Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

There are many other medicines that could cause a drug interaction if you take them together with carbamazepine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.

What should I avoid while taking Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Carbamazepine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of carbamazepine, and can also increase your risk of seizures.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Carbamazepine can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, other seizure medicines, and medicine for depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by carbamazepine. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these other medicines.

Equetro Dosage

How should I take Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

You may open the extended-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of pudding or applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Do not take other liquid medicines at the same time.

The carbamazepine chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Carbamazepine can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. To be sure your blood cells do not get too low, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Your doctor may recommend having your eyes checked regularly while you are taking this medicine.

It may take up to 4 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. Do not stop taking the medication even if you feel better. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant side effects if you stop using carbamazepine suddenly.

Call your doctor promptly if this medicine does not seem to be working as well in preventing your seizures.

Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking carbamazepine, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking carbamazepine.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with carbamazepine and cause unwanted side effects. Do not change the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

Store carbamazepine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose on Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include shallow breathing, fast heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, urinating less or not at all, muscle twitches, restlessness, tremors, slurred speech, staggering walk, and feeling light-headed or fainting.

What happens if I miss a dose of Equetro (Carbamazepine)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)

What is Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas.

Simethicone is used to relieve painful pressure caused by excess gas in the stomach and intestines. Simethicone is for use in babies, children, and adults.

Simethicone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Simethicone works best if you take it after meals and at bedtime.

Do not take more of this medication than is directed.

Simethicone may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet or increased exercise. It is very important to follow the diet and exercise plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you must avoid to help control your condition.

There may be other drugs that can interact with simethicone. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to simethicone.

Before taking simethicone, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs.

Also tell your doctor if you have any type of serious illness, especially one that involves your stomach or intestines.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking simethicone, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether simethicone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Equalize Gas Relief Drops Side Effects

What are the possible side effects of Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Equalize Gas Relief Drops Interactions

What other drugs affect Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

There may be other drugs that can interact with simethicone. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using simethicone.

Equalize Gas Relief Drops Dosage

How should I take Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take more of this medication than is directed.

Simethicone works best if you take it after meals and at bedtime.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing.

Measure the oral drops with the medicine dropper provided, or use a special dose-measuring spoon. Do not use a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Clean the medicine dropper after each use. Allow it to air dry.

Some liquid forms of simethicone must be shaken before each use. Follow the directions on the medicine label.

Simethicone liquid drops can be mixed with water, baby formula, or other liquids to make swallowing easier for an infant or child.

Children should never be given more than the recommended dose of simethicone. Call your doctor if the child’s gas symptoms do not improve after treatment with simethicone.

Simethicone may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet or increased exercise. It is very important to follow the diet and exercise plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you must avoid to help control your condition.

Store simethicone at room temperature away from moisture, light, and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze. Keep all liquid medicine in a tightly closed container.

What happens if I overdose on Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of simethicone is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What happens if I miss a dose of Equalize Gas Relief Drops (Simethicone)?

Since simethicone is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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