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.



FELDENE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of a variety of conditions requiring anti-inflammatory and/or analgesic activity, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute gout, acute musculoskeletal disorders and juvenile chronic arthritis.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Available as capsules, dispersible tablets, suppositories and intramuscular injection.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: stomatitis, anorexia, epigastric distress, nausea, constipation, abdominal discomfort, flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and indigestion; peptic ulceration, perforation and gastro-intestinal bleeding, in rare cases fatal. Ano-rectal reactions to suppositories have presented as local pain, burning, pruritus, tenesmus. Oedema, mainly of the ankle. Possibility of precipitating congestive cardiac failure in elderly patients or those with compromised cardiac function; dizziness, headache, somnolence, insomnia, depression, nervousness, hallucinations, mood alterations, dream abnormalities, mental confusion, paraesthesias and vertigo; rash and pruritus; onycholysis and alopecia; photosensitivity reactions; toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell's Disease) and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; vesiculo-bullous reactions; hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, urticaria/angioneurotic oedema, vasculitis and serum sickness; anaemia, thrombocytopenia, non-thrombocytopenic pupura (Henoch-Schoenlein), leucopenia and eosinophilia; aplastic anaemia, haemolytic anaemia and epistaxis; severe hepatic reactions, including jaundice and cases of fatal hepatitis, palpitations and dyspnoea; metabolic abnormalities such as hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, weight increase or decrease; swollen eyes, blurred vision and eye irritations; malaise, tinnitus.


FELODIPINE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of high blood pressure.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, ankle swelling, flushing, rash, palpitations, gingival enlargement.


FEMODENE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Oral contraception.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: For the first treatment cycle:one tablet daily for 21 days, starting on the first day of the menstrual cycle. Each subsequent course is started when seven tablet-free days have followed the previous course.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tension, changed bodyweight or libido, depressive moods and chloasma; reduction of menstrual flow; missed menstruation; intermenstrual bleeding.


FENBID SPANSULE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of various types of arthritis and for general pain relief.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually two, twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Gastro intestinal upset or bleeding, rash, thrombocytopenia.


FERROGRAD

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: One tablet a day before food.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea and/or constipation


FERROUS SULPHATE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: One tablet a day before food.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea and/or constipation.


FLAGYL COMPAK

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of vaginitis where a mixed trichomonal/candidal infection is diagnosed.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: One tablet to be swallowed whole, with half a glassful of water during or after meals, twice daily for seven days. Concurrently, one vaginal insert to be moistened and introduced high into the vagina night and morning for seven days.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Unpleasant taste in the mouth, furred tongue, nausea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal disturbance; urticaria and angioedema; anaphylaxis; drowsiness, dizziness, headache, ataxia, skin rashes, pruritis, incoordination of movements, darkening of the urine (due to metronidazole metabolite), myalgia and arthralgia.


FLEXIN CONTINUS

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; ankylosing spondylitis; gout; degenerative joint disease of the hip; painful musculoskeletal disorders; low-back pain and any periarticular disorders such as bursitis, tendinitis, synovitis, tenosynovitis and capsulitis. Also indicated in inflammation, in pain and oedema following orthopaedic procedures and treatment of dysmenorrhoea.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: In order to reduce the possibility of gastro-intestinal disturbance, the tablets should always be given with food, milk or an antacid. The usual recommended daily dose is 25-200 mg taken in one or two divided doses depending on patient's needs and response.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Headache, dizziness and dyspepsia; mental confusion, depression, convulsions, depersonalisation, tinnitus; coma has also been reported; anorexia, nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, abdominal pain and diarrhoea; ulceration of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum, which may be accompanied by either haemorrhage or perforation; gastro-intestinal bleeding without obvious ulceration; blood dyscrasias, particularly thrombocytopenia; blurred vision and orbital and peri-orbital pain; corneal deposits and retinal disturbances; oedema and increased blood pressure and haematuria; hypersensitivity reactions include pruritis, urticaria, angiitis, erythema nodosum; hair loss; acute respiratory distress including sudden dyspnoea and asthma; bronchospasm may be precipitated in patients suffering from, or with a previous history of bronchial asthma or allergic disease; nephrotoxocity in various forms, interstitial nephritis, nephritic syndrome and renal failure.


FLUNITRAZEPAM

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the menagament of insomnia.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: At bedtime. The lowest dose which can control symptoms should be used. Treatment should not be continued at the full dose beyond four weeks. Long-term chronic use is not recommended. Treatment should always be tapered off gradually. Patients who have taken benzodiazepines for a prolonged time may require a longer period during which doses are reduced. Specialist help may be appropriate.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Drowsiness, confusion, headache, vertigo, hypotension, gastro-intestinal upsets, skin rashes, visual disturbances, changes in libido, urinary retention, blood problems, jaundice. Little is known regarding the efficacy or safety of benzodiazepines in long term use.


FLUOXETINE HYDROCHLORIDE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of the symptoms of depressive illness, especially where sedation is not required. It is also used in the treatment of bulimia nervosa.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: For depression in adults a dose of 20 mg/ day is recommended. Use in children in not recommended, as safety and efficacy have not been established.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Angioneurotic oedema, urticaria and other allergic reactions; asthenia, fever, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, appetiate loss, dyspepsia, vomiting; abnormal liver function tests; headache, nervousness, insomnia, drowsiness, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, fatigue, decreased libido, seizures; hypomania or mania occurred in approximately one per cent of fluoxetine-treated trial patients; dyskinesia, movement disorders developing in patients with risk factors and worsening of pre-existing movement disorders, neuroleptic malignant syndrome-like events; pharyngitis, dyspnoea; pulmonary events, dyspnoea may be the only preceding symptom; rash and/or urticaria; serious systemic reactions, possibly related to vasculitis, have developed in patients with rash, and death has been reported; excessive sweating, serum sickness and anaphylactoid reactions; hair loss, usually reversible; sexual dysfunction (delayed or inhibited orgasm).


FLURBIPROFEN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of arthritis, back pain, period pain, migraine, dental pain, strains, sprains and other pains.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Several times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, rashes, jaundice, blood problems, fluid retention and oedema.


FLUVASTATIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: To lower blood cholesterol.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Dyspepsia, abdominal pain, nausea, headache.


FLUVIRIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Protection against influenza.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By deep subcutaneous or intramuscular injection.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Redness and soreness at the sight of the injection; headache, pyrexia and a feeling of malaise.


FOSFOMYCIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of urinary tract infection.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Gastro-intestinal disturbances, rash.


FROBEN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of arthritis, back pain, period pain, migraine, dental pain, strains, sprains and other pains.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Several times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, rashes, jaundice, blood problems, fluid retention and oedema.


FRUMIL

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of retained fluid/increasing urine flow.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: The tablets should be taken in the morning. The normal adult dose is one tablet although this may be increased to two tablets.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Malaise, gastric upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation; skin rashes, pruritis; minor psychiatric disturbances; disturbances in liver function tests, ototoxicity; bone marrow depression.


FRUSEMIDE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of retained fluid/increasing urine flow.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, malaise, gastric upset, headache, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, skin rash.





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