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diflunisal (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diflunisal (Dolobid)?

This medicine may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term.

This medicine may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking diflunisal, especially in older adults.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to diflunisal, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Do not use diflunisal just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a diflunisal dose adjustment or special tests:

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether diflunisal is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Taking diflunisal during the last 3 months of pregnancy may result in birth defects. Do not take diflunisal during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to.

Diflunisal can pass into breast milk and could cause harm to a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take diflunisal (Dolobid)?

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.

Diflunisal is usually taken every 8 to 12 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.

If you use this medication long-term, your blood may need to be tested often. Your blood pressure may also need to be checked. Visit your doctor regularly.

This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using diflunisal.

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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