Saturday, June 20, 2009

Keeping Your Health Care Professional Informed

It's important to keep your health care professional updated about your progress on PRISTIQ and informed about any changes to your health and other medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Before taking PRISTIQ, talk to your health care professional about:
All your medical conditions, especially if you have or have had high blood pressure, heart problems, high cholesterol or high triglycerides, a history of stroke, glaucoma, kidney problems, liver problems, seizures or convulsions, mania or bipolar disorder, or low sodium levels in your blood.
– Your health care professional should check your blood pressure regularly while you are taking PRISTIQ.
Taking PRISTIQ if you are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, as it is not known if PRISTIQ will harm your unborn baby.
All prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking or plan to take, including:
– Medicines to treat migraines or mood disorders, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition.
– Aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, or blood thinners because they may increase the risk of bleeding.
Keep a list of all medications you have taken or plan to take to show your health care professional.
Do not start new medications without first checking with your health care professional.
Stopping an antidepressant medicine, especially suddenly, can cause side effects called discontinuation symptoms. Your health care professional may want to decrease your dose slowly to help avoid these side effects. Therefore, do not stop taking or change the dose of PRISTIQ without first talking to your health care professional, even if you feel better. Only your health care professional can tell you how long you should use PRISTIQ.

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