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What should I tell my pharmacist before taking Factive?

Tell your pharmacist if you're allergic to any drugs. List all the medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and medicinal herbs. Factive may cause side effects if combined with certain other drugs. It may also alter the effects of some medications. Or certain drugs you use may change the effectiveness of Factive. Be sure to tell your doctor if you use any of the following:

  • oral or injectable steroids
  • anticoagulants (also called "blood thinners")
  • antidepressants
  • antipsychotic medication
  • cisapride (not available in the United States)
  • diuretics (also called "water pills")
  • erythromycin
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • medications for irregular heartbeat
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and
    naproxen
  • probenecid
  • antacids containing aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide
    (such as Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, and others)
  • didanosine (Videx)
  • sucralfate
  • vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron, magnesium, or zinc

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