sulfadiazine - oral (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking sulfadiazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to sulfa medications; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain metabolic disorder (porphyria).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, severe allergies, asthma, diabetes, blood disorders (e.g., anemia due to folate vitamin deficiency), decreased bone marrow function (bone marrow suppression), a certain other metabolic disorder (G6PD deficiency).This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, the elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially skin reactions and blood disorders.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. This medication should not be used near the expected delivery date because of possible harm to the unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This drug passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to healthy infants, this drug may have undesirable effects on infants who are ill or premature or have certain disorders (jaundice, high blood levels of bilirubin, G6PD deficiency). Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended in infants with these conditions. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding any infant.
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.This drug should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur: methenamine.If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting sulfadiazine.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: certain anti-diabetic medications (sulfonylureas such as glipizide, glyburide, tolbutamide), cyclosporine, hydantoins (e.g., phenytoin), live bacterial vaccines, methotrexate, PABA taken by mouth, warfarin.This medication may decrease the effectiveness of combination-type birth control pills. This can result in pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details. Discuss whether you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this medication.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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