aliskiren and amlodipine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking this drug (Tekamlo)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to aliskiren or amlodipine, or if you are also using cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) or itraconazole (Sporanox).
To make sure you can safely take aliskiren and amlodipine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use aliskiren and amlodipine if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Aliskiren and amlodipine can cause injury or death to the unborn baby if you take the medicine during your second or third trimester. Use effective birth control while taking aliskiren and amlodipine.
It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking aliskiren and amlodipine.
How should I take this drug (Tekamlo)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your chest pain may become worse when you first start taking amlodipine or when your dose is increased. Call your doctor if your chest pain is severe or ongoing.
Aliskiren and amlodipine may be taken with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Your blood pressure will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Conditions that may cause very low blood pressure include: vomiting, diarrhea, heavy sweating, heart disease, dialysis, a low-salt diet, or taking diuretics (water pills). Tell your doctor if you have a prolonged illness that causes diarrhea or vomiting.
Keep using this medicine as directed, even if you feel well. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. You may need to use blood pressure medication for the rest of your life.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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