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Are there any risks in taking pentamidine?

There are some risks associated with taking pentamidine. Pentamidine can affect blood sugar levels, and can cause blood pressure problems, heart problems, and other blood issues. Pentamidine may lower your blood platelet and white blood cell counts. Platelets are necessary for your blood to clot, so you should exercise caution when shaving, brushing teeth, using floss, and using a fingernail clipper. White blood cells help fight off infection, so you'll need to take care to avoid any risk of contracting illness. Pentamidine can also interact with other medications, and may not be suitable if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, or have dietary restrictions, due to the blood sugar changes it may cause. Other potential effects and side effects may make this drug dangerous for people with heart conditions, circulation or blood pressure problems, frequent dehydration, asthma, kidney disease, recent radiation therapy or treatment with chemotherapy, and pancreatitis.

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