pericyazine-oral (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness/lightheadedness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: uncontrolled muscle movements (especially of the face, jaw, neck, or mouth), other mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, increased aggression), trouble sleeping. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, mouth sores, dark patches or sunburn-like effect of the skin, weight gain, menstrual changes, changes in your interest in sex (libido). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: irregular heartbeat, fever, sweating, severe drowsiness, muscle pain, seizures, change in amount of urine. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: blood disorders, liver disease. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., arrhythmias, cardiovascular disease), seizure disorders, low blood pressure, prostate problems, eye problems (e.g., glaucoma, retinal disease), digestion problems (e.g., constipation or paralytic ileus), certain kidney disease (e.g., pheochromocytoma), any allergies (especially to phenothiazine-type medication such as chlorpromazine). This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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