bismuth subsalicylate/metronidazole/tetracycline - oral, Helidac (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Booklet contained in the package before you start using this product. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This product comes as a package with 14 separate dosing cards. Each card contains enough medication for 1 day (4 doses). Each dose contains 4 pills. For the 2 round pink tablets, chew thoroughly and swallow. For the 1 round white tablet and 1 orange/white capsule, swallow whole with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. For best results, 1 dose (4 pills) must be taken 4 times daily.Take this product at mealtimes and at bedtime for 14 days. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.Take this medication 2-3 hours before or after taking any products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. Some examples include quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (e.g., chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt), calcium-enriched juice, sucralfate, iron, and zinc are also included. These products bind with tetracycline, preventing its full absorption.Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Continue to take this medication and the acid blocker until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection/ulcer.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, loss of appetite, headache, metallic taste in mouth, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Your tongue may turn dark in color while taking this medication. This is harmless and the effect will disappear when you stop the medication.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: ringing in the ears, sore mouth, joint pain, numbness/tingling of arms/legs, frequent/painful urination, discolored teeth, mental/mood changes (e.g., nervousness, irritability, depression).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe headache, difficult/painful swallowing, heartburn, unusual tiredness, change in the amount of urine, dark urine, unusual weakness, yellowing eyes/skin, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe constipation, severe stomach/abdominal pain, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: seizures, chest/jaw/left arm pain, confusion, slurred speech, vision changes.This product can commonly cause dark stools that are usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell this effect apart from blood in the stool, which could be a sign of a severe reaction. Therefore, tell your doctor immediately if you develop any dark stools.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of these symptoms because these products may make them worse.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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