This medication is an immunosuppressive agent, prescribed for multiple sclerosis (MS). It decreases white blood cells count.
Contraindicated in patients with heart attack, unstable angina, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) ("mini-stroke"), irregular heartbeat, and hypersensitivity.
PO- The recommended dose is 0.5 mg orally once daily.
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of long-term infection, fainting, eye defects, lung or breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, sugar, heart disease, high blood pressure, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Avoid contact with people who have infections.
• Avoid live vaccination while taking this medication.
• Monitor electrocardiogram (ECG), complete blood cell counts, blood pressure, lung function, liver function, and eye exams regularly while taking this medication.
• Heart :
Slow heart rate and high blood pressure.
• Central Nervous system : Headache, dizziness, tingling, weakness and depression.
• Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea.
• Musculoskeletal : Back pain.
• Skin : Hair loss, itching and inflammation.
• Metabolic : Increased liver enzyme, decreased weight and increased level of blood cholesterol.
• Respiratory : Cough and difficulty in breathing.
• Eye : Blurred vision and eye pain.
• Blood : Decrease in white blood cells.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature (25Â°C). Protect from moisture.
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