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.



IBUPROFEN

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 for adults 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.


INDERAL

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the control of hypertension, the management of angina pectoris, the long term prophylaxis against reinfarction after recovery from acute myocardial infarction, the control of most forms of cardiac arrythmia, the prophylaxis of migraine, the management of essential tremor, relief of situational anxiety and generalised anxiety symptoms, particularly those of somatic type; prophylaxis of upper gastro-intestinal bleeding in patients with portal hypertension and oesophageal varices, the adjunctive management of thyrotoxicosis and thyrotoxic crisis.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usally two or three times a day. The dosage depends upon the disorder being treated.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Bradycardia, heart failure deterioration, postural hypotension which may be associated with syncope, cold extremities; confusion, dizziness, mood changes, nightmares, psychoses and hallucinations, sleep disturbances, hypoglycaemia in children, gastro-intestinal disturbance, purpura, thrombocytopenia, alopecia, dry eyes, psoriasiform skin reactions, exacerbation of psoriasis, skin rashes, paraesthesia; bronchospasm may occur in patients with bronchial asthma or a history of asthmatic complaints, sometimes with fatal outcome; visual disturbances, fatigue and/or lassitude (often transient). Cessation of therapy with a beta-adrenoceptor blocking drug should be gradual.


INDOCID

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of arthritis and other sources of pain.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By mouth or suppository.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: Headaches, dizziness, lightheadness, depression, vertigo, fatigue, mental confusion, anxiety, syncope, drowsiness, convulsions, coma, peripheral neuropathy, muscle weakness, involuntary muscle movements, insomnia, psychiatric disturbances such as depersonalisation, aggravation of epilepsy and Parkinsonism, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, ulceration of oesophagus, stomach or duodenum (sometimes with bleeding and perforation), stomatitis, gastritis, flatulence, hepatitis, jaundice, increased blood pressure, tachycardia, chest pain, arrhythmia, palpitations, hypotension, congestive heart failure, pruritus, urticaria, skin rash, loss of hair, bronchospasm, blood problems, blurred vision, double vision, tinnitus, hearing disturbance, kidney problems, vaginal bleeding, flushing, sweating, nose bleeding, breast changes including enlargement and tenderness.


INDOMETHACIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of arthritis and other sources of pain.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By mouth or suppository.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE MAY INCLUDE: headaches, dizziness, lightheadness, depression, vertigo, fatigue, mental confusion, anxiety, syncope, drowsiness, convulsions, coma, peripheral neuropathy, muscle weakness, involuntary muscle movements, insomnia, psychiatric disturbances such as depersonalisation, aggravation of epilepsy and Parkinsonism, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, ulceration of oesophagus, stomach or duodenum (sometimes with bleeding and perforation), stomatitis, gastritis, flatulence, hepatitis, jaundice, increased blood pressure, tachycardia, chest pain, arrhythmia, palpitations, hypotension, congestive heart failure, pruritus, urticaria, skin rash, loss of hair, bronchospasm, blood problems, blurred vision, double vision, tinnitus, hearing disturbance, kidney problems, vaginal bleeding, flushing, sweating, nose bleeding, breast changes including enlargement and tenderness.


INNOVACE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of hypertension: all grades of essential hypertension and renovascular hypertension. For the treatment of heart failure. Prevention of symptomatic heart failure. Prevention of coronary ischaemic events in patients with left-ventricular dysfunction.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Severe hypotension and renal failure; dizziness, headaches; fatigue, asthenia, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, syncope, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle cramps, rash and cough; renal dysfunction, renal failure, and oliguria.


ISOTRATE

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one tablet twice or three times daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Hypotension, headache, dizziness and nausea.


ISRADIPINE

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, flushing, headache, palpitations, tachycardia, palpitation, weight gain, fatigue, abdominal discomfort, skin rash.


ISTIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of hypertension and myocardial ischaemia.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: For both hypertension and angina, usually once daily orally.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache, oedema, fatigue, nausea, flushing and dizziness.





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