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Patients using these medications should receive the following information and instructions:
- The patient should be instructed to use these medications as directed (including the replacement of missed doses). These medications are not for any disorder other than that for which they are prescribed.
- Even if symptomatic relief occurs within the first few days of treatment, the patient should be advised not to interrupt or discontinue therapy until the prescribed course of treatment is completed.
- If symptoms of irritation develop, the patient should be advised to notify the physician promptly.
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/10/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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