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Before using OTEZLA in patients with a history of depression and/or suicidal thoughts or behavior, prescribers should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of treatment with OTEZLA in such patients. Patients, their caregivers, and families should be advised of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or other mood changes, and if such changes occur to contact their healthcare provider. Prescribers should carefully evaluate the risks and benefits of continuing treatment with OTEZLA if such events occur. [See WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Weight Decrease
Patients treated with OTEZLA should have their weight monitored regularly. If unexplained or clinically significant weight loss occurs, weight loss should be evaluated, and discontinuation of OTEZLA should be considered [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
- Drug Interactions
The use of strong cytochrome P450 enzyme inducers (e.g., rifampin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin) with OTEZLA is not recommended [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, DRUG INTERACTIONS, and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
- Instruct patients to take OTEZLA only as prescribed.
- Advise patients OTEZLA can be taken with or without food.
- Advise patients that the tablets should not be crushed, split, or chewed.
- Advise patients about the side effects associated with OTEZLA [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/1/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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