bismuth subsalicylate/metronidazole/tetracycline - oral, Helidac (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, or tetracycline; or to aspirin or salicylates; or to other nitroimidazoles (e.g., tinidazole); or to other tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline); or to other bismuth products; 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: kidney disease, liver disease.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood disorders, diabetes, brain/spinal cord disorders (e.g., seizures), trouble swallowing, esophagus problems (e.g., hiatal hernia, reflux disease-GERD), asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps).Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this product.Tetracycline 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.This product may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages or alcohol-containing products (e.g., certain cough-and-cold products) while taking this product and for at least 1 day afterward because alcohol may increase dizziness or cause a severe reaction with metronidazole (including abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, headache, and flushing).The elderly may be at greater risk for side effects while using this product.Children should not take this product because it contains an aspirin-related drug (bismuth subsalicylate) and tetracycline. Tetracycline may cause permanent tooth discoloration and other problems in children younger than 8 years. Tooth discoloration has also occurred in older children and young adults. Use of aspirin-related drugs in children, especially if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness or if they have received the flu vaccine inhaled through the nose, has been associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness. Consult your doctor for more information.This product is not recommended for use during pregnancy because of possible harm to an unborn baby. Women of child-bearing age should use effective, non-hormonal birth control (e.g., condom, diaphragm with spermicide) while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details. See also Drug Interactions.This combination product contains drugs that may pass 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.
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