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.



MANERIX

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT: For the treatment of depression.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Initially twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache, dizziness, nausea, sleep disturbances.


MAXOLON

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually three times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Muscle spasms, drowsiness, diarrhoea, restlessness.


MEFENAMIC ACID

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and painful periods.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually three times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Diarrhoea; skin rash; gastrointestinal bleeding, ulceration and perforation; kidney problems; blood problems; bronchospasm in patients suffering from, or with a previous history of bronchial asthma or allergic disease; liver problems; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, facial oedema, anaphylaxis, drowsiness, dizziness.


MEPTAZINOL

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one tablet every four hours.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased sweating, rash, vertigo, headache, somnolence, dyspepsia, abdominal pain.


MEPTID

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one tablet every four hours.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased sweating, rash, vertigo, headache, somnolence, dyspepsia, abdominal pain.


MINITRAN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Prophylaxis of angina pectoris either alone or in combination with other anti-anginal therapy.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: usually starts with one Minitran 5 patch per day, with upward dosage titration when necessary. Application can either be for a continuous period of 24 hours or intermittently, incorporating a patch free interval.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache; arterial hypotension (especially postural), tachycardia, fainting, palpitations, hot flushes, dizziness; nausea and vomiting; reddening of the skin with or without itching or a slight erythematous reaction.


MINOXIDIL

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually applied to scalp twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Irritant dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis.


MISOPROSTOL

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For healing of ulcers, including those caused by anti arthritis drugs.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually two, three or four times a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence, nausea and vomiting, menorrhagia, vaginal bleeding and intermenstrual bleeding, skin rashes, dizziness.


MOCLOBEMIDE

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Initially twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache, dizziness, nausea, sleep disturbances.


MODURETIC

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For hypertension, congestive heart failure, hepatic cirrhosis with ascites and oedema.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one or two tablets a day to start with.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache, weakness, fatigue, malaise, chest pain, back pain, syncope; arrythmias, tachycardia, digitalis toxicity, orthostatic hypotension, angina pectoris; anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal bleeding, appetite changes, abdominal fullness, flatulence, thirst, hiccups; elevated plasma potassium levels, electrolyte imbalance, gout, dehydration; rash, pruritis, flushing, diaphoresis; leg ache, muscle cramps, joint pain; dizziness, vertigo, paraesthesiae, stupor; insomnia, nervousness, mental confusion, depression, sleepiness; dyspnoea; bad taste, visual disturbance, nasal congestion; impotence, dysuria, nocturia, incontinence, renal dysfunction including renal failure; neck/shoulder ache, pain in extremities; abnormal liver function, dyspepsia, jaundice; dry mouth, alopecia; tremors, encephalopathy; decreased libido; cough; tinnitus, increased intra-ocular pressure; polyuria, urinary frequency, bladder spasm; anaphylactic reaction, fever; pancreatitis, cramping, gastric irritation; glycosuria, hyperglycaemia, hyperuricaemia; photosensitvity, urticaria; restlessness; respiratory distress, pulmonary oedema; transient blurred vision, blood problems.


MOGADON

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Mogadon is a benzodiazepine with sedative properties. It works in 30 to 60 minutes to produce sleep which lasts for between six and eight hours. The drug is used in the short-term treatment of insomnia when it is severe, disabling or subjecting the individual to unacceptable distress, and where daytime sedation is acceptable.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: To be taken at night. In elderly or debilitated patients dosage should not exceed half doses normally recommended. The dosage should be adjusted on an individual basis. Treatment should, if possible, be intermittent. The lowest dose which can control symptoms should be used and treatment should not be continued at full dose beyond four weeks. Long-term chronic use is not recommended. Treatment should always be tapered off gradually and patients who have taken benzodiazepines for a prolonged time may require a longer period during which doses are reduced. Mogadon should not be used alone to treat depression or anxiety associated with depression, since suicide may be precipitated in such patients. In cases of bereavement, psychological adjustment may be inhibited by benzodiazepines. Like all medicaments of this type, Mogadon may modify patients' performance at skilled tasks (such as driving, operating machinery, etc.) to a varying degree depending upon dosage, administration and individual susceptibility. Alchohol may intensify impairment and should, therefore, be avoided. The dependence potential of the benzodiazepines increases when high doses are used, especially when given over long periods. this is particularly so in patients with a history of alcoholism or drug abuse, or in patients with marked personality disorders. Regular monitoring in such patients is essential. Routine repeat prescriptions should be avoided and treatment should be withdrawn gradually. Symptoms such as depression, nervousness, re-bound insomnia, irritability, sweating, and diarrhoea may occur if treatment is suddenly stopped in patients receiving even normal doses for short perods of time. Withdrawal following excessive dosages may produce confusional states, psychotic manifestations and convulsions. An underlying cause for insomnia should be sought before a benzodiazepine is used to treat sleeplessness.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Drowsinss, sedation, unsteadiness and ataxia; headache, vertigo, hypotension, gastro-intestinal upsets, skin rashes, visual disturbances, changes in libido, urinary retention; blood dyscrasias, jaundice; paradoxical aggressive outbursts, excitement, confusion and the uncovering of depression with suicidal tendencies; The elderly are particularly sensitive to the effects of centrally depressant drugs and may experience confusion, especially if organic brain changes are present. Little is known regarding the efficacy or safety of benzodiazepines in long-term use.


MONURIL

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Once a day.

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


MOTENS

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Flushing, dizziness, headache, palpitations, asthenia, rash, chest pain, gastric upset.


MOTIVAL

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually three times a day. A course of treatment should be limited to three months.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dry mouth, drowsiness, faintness; constipation; increased heart rate, nasal congestion, blurred vision and excitement.


MOTRIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: It is usually prescribed for various types of arthritis and soft tissue injuries.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually to be taken as tablets by mouth.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Nausea, epigastric pain, dizziness, rash, anaemia.





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