"Nov. 2, 2012 -- Safety steps taken in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak have worsened drug shortages, raising questions about whether the U.S. must choose between the safety and the availability of crucial medicines.
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Some products that may interact with this drug include: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, heparin, enoxaparin), other epidural medications (e.g., local anesthetics), corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone), other pain medications (e.g., butorphanol, pentazocine, tramadol), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), drugs that lower blood pressure (e.g., diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide), muscle relaxants (e.g., carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), naltrexone, pyridostigmine, sodium oxybate.
The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/dizziness) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also affect breathing or cause drowsiness. Therefore, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as alcohol, medicine for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and other narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including amylase/lipase levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: slow/shallow breathing, excessive drowsiness, slowed heartbeat, persistent dizziness/fainting, or loss of consciousness.
NOTES: Not applicable.
MISSED DOSE: Not applicable.
STORAGE: Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised February 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.
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