WARNING You should call your doctor immediately if you develop any side effect while taking a drug. If you do develop side effects it is vitally important that you speak to your doctor before you stop taking your pills. Remember that this list of side effects isnít complete - you can develop virtually any side effect with virtually any drug - and remember too that some of these side effects are quite uncommon and many patients can take a drug without getting any side effects. Always follow your doctorís advice about how and when to take a drug - and if you are in any doubt at all then ask for a second opinion. The fact that one drug may be accompanied by a long list of possible side effects does not mean that it is necessarily more or less dangerous or more or less likely to produce problems than a drug which has a shorter list of possible side effects.



BECLOFORTE INHALER

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Prophylactic management of severe asthma.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually two inhalations (500 micrograms) twice daily, or one inhalation (250 micrograms) four times daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Candidiasis of the mouth and throat (thrush), the incidence increases with doses greater than 400 mg per day. Hoarseness or throat irritation; paradoxical bronchospasm may occur with an immediate increase in wheezing after dosing.


BECONASE AQUEOUS NASAL SPRAY

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: The prophylaxis and treatment of perennial and seasonal allergic rhinitis, including hay fever.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually two sprays into each nostril twice daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nasal septal perforation; dryness and irritation of the nose and throat, unpleasant taste and smell and epistaxis; raised intra-ocular pressure or glaucoma.


BECOTIDE INHALER

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of asthma.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Dosage tailored for each patient.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Candidiasis of the mouth and throat (thrush); hoarseness or throat irritation; paradoxical bronchospasm may occur with an immediate increase in wheezing after dosing.


BENDROFLUAZIDE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: To get rid of fluid (prescribed for disorders as varied as swollen legs, heart failure and high blood pressure).

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually mornings (so that you don't have to pass urine at night).

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, skin rashes, impotence, appetite loss, blood dyscrasias including agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, leucopenia; pancreatitis.


BETA-PROGANE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of a wide range of conditions including heart pain, high blood pressure and anxiety.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Commonly one capsule morning or evening.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Cold extremities, nausea, diarrhoea, disturbed sleep, tiredness, hallucinations, skin rash, dry eyes.


BETIM

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of high blood pressure, heart disease and migraine.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once or twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Fatigue, weakness, heart failure, coldness of limb extremities, low blood pressure, heart block, epigastric distress, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, vertigo, paraesthesia, headache, hallucinations, nightmares, insomnia, depression, breathing difficulty, skin rashes, dry eyes.


BETNOVATE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of eczema in children and adults but also in the treatment of a number of other skin conditions.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually a small quantity of Betnovate is applied to the affected area of skin two or three times daily until improvement occurs. It may then be possible to maintain improvement by applying once a day, or even less often, or by using a ready-diluted preparation.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Local atrophic changes in the skin such as striae, thinning, and dilation of the superficial blood vessels, particularly when occlusive dressings are used or when skin folds are involved. Prolonged use of large amounts or treatment of extensive areas can result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce the features of hypercorticism and suppression of the HPA axis. There are reports of pigmentation changes and hypertrichosis with topical steroids. Treatment of psoriasis with corticosteroids (or its withdrawal) is thought to have provoked the pustular form of the disease. Exacerbation of symptoms may occur.


BLOCADREN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of high blood pressure, heart disease and migraine.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Often once or twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Fatigue, weakness, heart failure, coldness of limb extremities, low blood pressure, heart block, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, vertigo, paraesthesia, headache, hallucinations, nightmares, insomnia, depression, breathing difficulty, skin rashes, dry eyes.


BRICANYL INHALER

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of bronchospasm in bronchial asthma and in chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Prophylaxis and relief of acute attacks: one or two inhalations as required, with a short interval between each inhalation at six-hourly intervals.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Tremor, tonic cramp and palpitations; patients may feel tense; bronchospasm.


BRICANYL SA

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of bronchospasm in bronchial asthma and in chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one tablet morning and evening. The tablet may not be divided or chewed, but must be swallowed whole together with liquid.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Tremor, headache, tonic cramp and palpitations; patients may feel tense; urticaria and exanthema may occur. In children, sleep disturbances and disturbances of behavioural effects have been observed.


BRITIAZIM

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of angina pectoris.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, headache, skin rashes, oedema of the ankles, flushing, bradycardia.


BRUFEN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and soft-tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Also prescribed for the relief of mild to moderate pain such as dysmenorrhoea, dental and post-operative pain and for the symptomatic relief of headache including migraine headache.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Recommended dosage is 1200-1800 mg daily in divided doses. Some patients can be maintained on 600-1200 mg daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain; skin rashes; thrombocytopenia.


BUCCASTEM

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of vertigo, nausea, vomiting, migraine.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Drowsiness, dizziness, skin reactions, dry mouth, agitation, insomnia.


BUMETANIDE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Whenever diuretic therapy is required in the treatment of oedema, e.g. that associated with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and renal disease including the nephrotic syndrome.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: The 1 mg tablets are usually given as a single morning or early evening dose. Depending on the patient's response, a second dose can be given six to eight hours later.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Abdominal pain, vomiting, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, stomach and muscle cramps, arthralgia, dizziness, fatigue, hypotension, headache, nausea, encephalopathy (in patients with pre-existing hepatic disease), fluid and electrolyte depletion, dehydration, hyperuricemia, raised blood urea and serum creatinine, hyperglycaemia, abnormalities of serum levels of hepatic enzymes, skin rashes, pruritus, urticaria, thrombocytopenia, gynaecomastia and painful breasts.


BURINEX

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Whenever diuretic therapy is required in the treatment of oedema, e.g. that associated with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and renal disease including the nephrotic syndrome.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: The 1 mg tablets are usually given as a single morning or early evening dose. Depending on the patient's response, a second dose can be given six to eight hours later.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Abdominal pain, vomiting, dyspepsia, diarrhoea, stomach and muscle cramps, arthralgia, dizziness, fatigue, hypotension, headache, nausea, encephalopathy (in patients with pre-existing hepatic disease), fluid and electrolyte depletion, dehydration, hyperuricemia, raised blood urea and serum creatinine, hyperglycaemia, abnormalities of serum levels of hepatic enzymes, skin rashes, pruritus, urticaria, thrombocytopenia, gynaecomastia and painful breasts.


BUSPAR

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of anxiety.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Two or three times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, headache, nervousness, tachycardia, chest pain, dry mouth, confusion, fatigue, light-headedness, excitement, nausea, sweating, drowsiness, palpitations.


BUSPIRONE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of anxiety.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Two or three times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, headache, nervousness, tachycardia, chest pain, dry mouth, confusion, fatigue, light-headedness, excitement, nausea, sweating, drowsiness, palpitations.





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