December 21, 2014
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Apo-Flunarizine

(flunarizine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02246082 APO-FLUNARIZINE 5MG CAPSULE

What side effects are possible with Apo-Flunarizine?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • drowsiness
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • dryness of the mouth
  • flushing and feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • increased appetite or weight gain
  • nausea
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • bleeding, tender, or swollen gums
  • breathing difficulty, coughing, or wheezing
  • chest pain (may appear about 30 minutes after medication is taken)
  • depression
  • face appearing "mask-like"
  • fainting
  • irregular or fast, pounding heartbeat
  • loss of balance control
  • shuffling walk
  • skin rash
  • stiffness of the arms or legs
  • swelling of the ankles, feet, or lower legs
  • trembling and shaking of the hands and fingers
  • trouble speaking or swallowing
  • unusual secretion of breast milk

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Apo-Flunarizine?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Depression: If you experience depression (such as depressed thoughts or mood, lack of interest in normal activities, sleep changes, or extreme fatigue), contact your doctor or health care professional immediately.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Do not operate vehicles or equipment until you know how flunarizine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol, since it can add to the potential drowsiness caused by flunarizine.

Liver problems: Tell your doctor if you have ever had any liver problems.

Pregnancy: There is little information concerning the use of this medication during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Breast-feeding: Flunarizine passes into breast milk. It should not be used by nursing women.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication has not been established for use by children less than 18 years old.

Seniors: The effectiveness of this medication for use by seniors has not been established.

What other drugs could interact with Apo-Flunarizine?

There may be an interaction between flunarizine and any of the following:

  • alcohol
  • anticonvulsants
  • tranquilizers

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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