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guanethidine with hydrochlorothiazide-oral, Esimil (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, heart disease, ulcers, depression, asthma, diabetes, gout, blood disorders, allergies (especially to sulfa medications). This medication may increase your sensitivity to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing and a sun screen when outdoors. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug is not recommended for use with: dofetilide. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you take, especially of: heart drugs, blood pressure drugs, high cholesterol drugs, diabetes medication, antidepressants. Do not take any medication for cough, colds, hay fever, allergies or weight control without first checking with your doctor or pharmacist. These medications may contain ingredients which can increase blood pressure. Diabetics must be aware that this medication may affect blood sugar levels. Discuss this with your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include fainting or severe dizziness, unusually slow pulse, nausea, and vomiting.

NOTES: It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly while taking this medication. Learn how to take your blood pressure and understand the readings. Discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.


Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005



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