USES: This medication is used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
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This medication is used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
- Do not share this medication with others.
- Laboratory tests (e.g., liver function tests) will be performed to monitor for drug side effects.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
- For best absorption, tacrine should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before, or two hours after meals.
- If stomach upset occurs, it may be taken with meals, however, food can decrease tacrine blood levels significantly.
- Follow all instructions exactly.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, muscle aches, loss of appetite and loss of balance may occur.
- Contact your doctor if these persist or are disabling.
- Tell your doctor immediately if the following occur: rash, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin), changes in stool color or stomach pain.
- Very unlikely but report promptly any unusually slow pulse, seizures or unusual change in amount of urine.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before using this, tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies (especially drug allergies), liver or heart disease, ulcers, urinary problems, seizures or asthma.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose.
- If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose.
- Tell your doctor of all nonprescription or prescription medication you may use, especially theophylline, cimetidine, "cholinergic-type" drugs such as bethanechol, "anticholinergics" such as atropine, antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, succinylcholine or NSAID drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
- Also report use of fluvoxamine.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.