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.



TAGAMET

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of ulcers in the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once or twice a day for at least a month.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Diarrhoea, dizziness, rash, tiredness, swollen breasts in men, liver damage.


TAMOFEN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of infertility or breast cancer.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By mouth

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Hot flushes, mild nausea, mild thrombocytopenia and leucopenia, pruritis vulvae, skin rash, fluid retention, gastro-intestinal pain; visual disturbance including corneal changes, cataracts and retinopathy; in some pre-menopausal women treated for breast cancer, there is a suppression of menstruation; reversible cystic ovarian swelling has occasionally been observed in this group of patients; endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial polyps; endometrial cancer; abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or pressure; changes in liver enzyme levels, fatty liver, cholestasis and hepatitis.


TAMOXIFEN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of infertility or breast cancer.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By mouth

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Hot flushes, mild nausea, mild thrombocytopenia and leucopenia, pruritis vulvae, skin rash, fluid retention, gastro-intestinal pain; visual disturbance including corneal changes, cataracts and retinopathy; in some pre-menopausal women treated for breast cancer, there is a suppression of menstruation; reversible cystic ovarian swelling has occasionally been observed in this group of patients; endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial polyps; endometrial cancer; abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or pressure; changes in liver enzyme levels, fatty liver, cholestasis and hepatitis.


TEGRETOL

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of epilepsy and the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.

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

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dizziness, atraxia, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, blurred vision, depression, hallucinations, appetitie loss, agitation, confusion, allergic skin reactions, leucopenia, nausea, vomiting.


TEMAZEPAM

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: Commonly prescribed for the short-term treatment (up to four weeks) of insomnia when it is disabling or subjecting the individual to extreme distress.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: By mouth at night. The lowest dose possible should be used. As with all benzodiazepines, doctors should be aware that long-term use may lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms in certain patients. Threatment should if possible be intermittent and the drug should not be used for long-term chronic treatment. Elderly patients are likely to respond to smaller doses, possibly half the normal adult dose. All patients taking temazepam should be carefully monitored and routine repeat prescriptions should be avoided. Treamtent in all patients should be withdrawn gradually with careful monitoring and reassessment to minimise possible withdrawal symptoms. Patients who have taken benzodiazepines for a long time may require a longer period during which doses are reduced. An underlying cause for insomnia should be sought before deciding on the use of benzodiazepines for symptomatic relief. The risk of dependence increases with higher doses and longer-term use and is further increased in patients with a history of alcoholism, drug abuse or in patients with marked personality disorders. Symptoms such as anxiety, depression, headache, insomnia, tension and sweating have been reported following abrupt discontinutation of benzodiazepines and these symptoms may be difficult to distinguish from the original ones. Other symptoms such as persistent tinnitus, involuntary movements, convulsions and vomiting may be characteristic of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Patients should be cautioned against driving or operating machinery until it is established that they do not become dizzy or drowsy while taking temazepam. The use of benzodiazepines may release suicidal tendencies in depressed patients.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, muscle weakness, ataxia; amnesia; restlessness, agitation, aggressiveness; blood problems; confusion, depression, fatigue, headache, nausea, sleep disturbance, visual disturbances, gastro-intestinal symptoms.


TENORETIC

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one tablet daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Hyperuricaemia, hypokalaemia, impaired glucose tolerance; bradycardia, heart failure deterioration, postural hypotension which may be associated with syncope, cold extremities. Precipitation of heart block, intermittent claudication, Raynaud's phenomenon; confusion, dizziness, headache, mood changes, nightmares, psychoses and hallucinations, sleep disturbances of the type noted with other beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs; dry mouth, gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea; leucopenia, 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; visual disturbances.


TENORMIN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the management of hypertension, angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually once or twice daily.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Bradycardia, heart failure deterioration, postural hypotension which may be associated with syncope, cold extremities; precipitation of heart block, intermittent claudication, Raynaud's phenomenon; confusion, dizziness, headache, mood changes, nightmares, psychoses and hallucinations, sleep disturbances of the type noted with other beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs; dry mouth, gastro-intestinal disturbances; 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; visual disturbances; fatigue.


TERFENADINE

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the relief of hay fever, allergic rhinitis, allergic skin conditions.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Once or twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Abdominal pain, dyspepsia, hair loss and thinning, arrhythmias, confusion, convulsions, depression, dizziness, headache, insomnia, jaundice, liver dysfunction, menstrual disorders, musculoskeletal pain, nightmares, palpitations, skin rash, sweating, tremor, visual disturbances., bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, angioedema.


TERRAMYCIN

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: The usual daily dose is 1-2 g, given in four equal doses, depending on the severity of the infection.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, glossitis, dysphagia, enterocolitis, and inflammatory lesions (with candidial overgrowth) in the anogenital regions. Oesophagitis and oesophageal ulceration, maculopapular and erythematous rashes; exfoliative dermatitis, photosensitvity manifested by an exaggerated sunburn reaction, urticaria, angioneurotic oedema, anaphylaxis, anaphylactoid purpura, pericarditis, and exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus; bulging fontanellas in infants and benign intracranial hypertension in adults; haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia and eosinophilia.


THYROXINE

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Dosage tailored for each patient's needs.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Anginal pain, cardiac arrhythmias, palpitation, and cramps in skeletal muscle; also tachycardia, diarrhoea, vomiting, tremors, restlessness, excitability, insomnia, headache, flushing, sweating, excessive loss of weight and muscular weakness.


TIAPROFENIC ACID

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of arthritis, backache, sprains, strains and other pains.

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

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Dyspepsia, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, anorexia, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, gastritis, flatulence, diarrhoea, peptic ulcers, cystitis, headache, drowsiness, skin rash, hair loss.


TILDIEM

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: Ankle oedema, malaise, headache, hot flushes, gastrointestinal disturbances.


TIMOLOL

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.


TRANDATE

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Headache, tiredness, dizziness, depressed mood, lethargy, nasal congestion, sweating, ankle swelling, tingling sensation in the scalp, acute retention of urine, difficulty in passing urine, ejaculatory failure, epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting, rash, itching, difficulty in breathing, heart block and jaundice.


TRANDOLAPRIL

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: Cough, headache, asthenia, dizziness, rash, hypotension, palpitations, angioneurotic oedema, nausea.


TRASICOR

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the treatment of high blood pressure, heart pain, heart trouble and anxiety.

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

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Coldness of hands and feet, hypotension, heart failure; dyspnoea, bronchospasm; skin rash; dizziness, sleep disturbances, headache; nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, dry mouth, distubances of vision; loss of libido.


TRILUDAN

POSSIBLE REASONS TO TAKE IT MAY INCLUDE: For the relief of hayfever, allergic rhinitis, allergic skin conditions.

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Once or twice a day.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Abdominal pain, dyspepsia, hair loss and thinning, arrhythmias, confusion, convulsions, depression, dizziness, headache, insomnia, jaundice, liver dysfunction, menstrual disorders, musculoskeletal pain, nightmares, palpitations, skin rash, sweating, tremor, visual disturbances, bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, angioedema.


TYLEX

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

HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED: Usually one to two capsules every four hours as required.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting. These effects seem more prominent in ambulatory than non-ambulatory patients and some of these adverse reactions may be alleviated if the patient lies down. Other adverse reactions include allergic reactions, euphoria, dysphoria, constipation, abdominal pain and pruritis.





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