aminoglutethimide - oral, Cytadren (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking aminoglutethimide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to glutethimide; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current infection (especially viral infections such as chickenpox, herpes), kidney disease, liver disease, low blood pressure, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.This medication can make it difficult to control your blood pressure. To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.If you have been using this product, your body may not produce enough natural steroids. You may need to start taking additional corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone), especially if your body is stressed due to a major infection, surgery or injury. Tell your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: unusual weakness, sudden weight loss, dizziness. Carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your need for oral corticosteroids during times of stress. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), dexamethasone, medroxyprogesterone, theophylline, "water pills"/diuretics (e.g., furosemide).Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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