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Important Safety Information about AZASAN

WARNING: Chronic immunosuppression with this purine antimetabolite increases risk of malignancy in humans. Reports of malignancy include post-transplant lymphoma and hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Physicians using this drug should be very familiar with this risk as well as with the mutagenic potential to both men and women and with possible hematologic toxicities. Physicians should inform patients of the risk of malignancy with AZASAN. See WARNINGS.

AZASANAZASAN® (azathioprine tablets) 75/100 mg is indicated as an adjunct for the prevention of rejection in renal homotransplantations, and also for the management of active rheumatoid arthritis to reduce signs and symptoms. Patients are at increased risk of developing lymphoma and other malignancies, particularly of the skin. Exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet light should be limited by wearing protective clothing and a high SPF sunscreen. Patients should have complete blood count (CBC), including platelet counts periodically during treatment. TPMT testing should be conducted to identify with absent or reduced TPMT activity. The most commonly reported side effects associated with AZASAN therapy are leukopenia and/or thrombocytopenia, secondary infections, neoplasia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, myalgias, skin rashes, and hepatotoxicity. AZASAN therapy should be given cautiously when used concomitantly with allopurinol, ACE inhibitors, and other agents affecting myelopoiesis. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis previously treated with alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil, melphalan, or others) may have a prohibitive risk of malignancy if treated with AZASAN. AZASAN is contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women and in patients who have shown hypersensitivity to this product.

Consult with your physician to see if this product is right for you.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

Please see complete Prescribing Information for AZASAN, including BOXED WARNING.pdf

Indication for METOZOLV ODT

METOZOLV® ODT is indicated for short-term (4 to 12 weeks) therapy for adults with symptomatic, documented gastroesophageal reflux disease that fails to respond to conventional therapy (refractory GERD) and for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis (gastric stasis) in adults.

Important Safety Information about METOZOLV ODT

WARNING: TARDIVE DYSKINESIA

See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

Treatment with metoclopramide can cause tardive dyskinesia, a serious movement disorder that is often irreversible. The risk of developing tardive dyskinesia increases with the duration of treatment and the total cumulative dose.

Metoclopramide therapy should be discontinued in patients who develop signs or symptoms of tardive dyskinesia. There is no known treatment for tardive dyskinesia. In some patients, symptoms may lessen or resolve after metoclopramide treatment is stopped.

Treatment with metoclopramide for longer than 12 weeks should be avoided in all but rare cases where therapeutic benefit is thought to outweigh the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia.

Do not take METOZOLV ODT (metoclopramide hydrochloride) if you have stomach or intestine problems that could get worse with METOZOLV ODT, such as bleeding, blockage or a tear in your stomach or bowel wall; have an adrenal tumor called pheochromocytoma; are allergic to metoclopramide or any of the ingredients in METOZOLV ODT; take medicines that can cause uncontrolled movements, such as medicines for mental illness; or have seizures. 

METOZOLV ODT can cause serious side effects, including:
Tardive dyskinesia (abnormal muscle movements): these movements happen mostly in the face muscles. You cannot control these movements. They may not go away even after stopping METOZOLV ODT. There is no treatment for tardive dyskinesia, but symptoms may lessen or go away over time after you stop taking METOZOLV ODT.

Uncontrolled spasms of your face and neck muscles, or muscles of your body, arms, and legs (dystonia): these muscle spasms can cause abnormal movements and body positions. These spasms usually start within the first 2 days of treatment. These spasms happen more often in children and adults younger than 30.

Parkinsonism: symptoms include slight shaking, body stiffness, trouble moving or keeping your balance. If you have Parkinson’s Disease, your symptoms may become worse while you are taking METOZOLV ODT.

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS): NMS is a rare but very serious condition that can happen with METOZOLV ODT. NMS can cause death and must be treated in a hospital. Symptoms of NMS include: high fever, stiff muscles, problems thinking, very fast or uneven heartbeat, and increased sweating.

Depression, thoughts about suicide, and suicide: some people who take METOZOLV ODT may become depressed. You may have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself. Some people who have taken metoclopramide products have ended their own lives (suicide).

High blood pressure: METOZOLV ODT can cause your blood pressure to increase.

Too much body water: people who have certain liver problems or heart failure and take METOZOLV ODT may hold too much water in their body (fluid retention). Tell your doctor right away if you have sudden weight gain, or swelling of your hands, legs, or feet.

Symptoms from stopping (withdrawal) METOZOLV ODT: you may still have side effects after you stop METOZOLV ODT such as headaches, and feeling dizzy or nervous.

METOZOLV ODT comes as a tablet that melts in your mouth.  Take METOZOLV ODT exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your dose unless your doctor tells you to.  You should not take METOZOLV ODT for more than 12 weeks. Take METOZOLV ODT at least 30 minutes before eating and at bedtime. 

It is not known if METOZOLV ODT is safe or works in children.

The elderly may be at greater risk for sleepiness and movement disorders with METOZOLV ODT.

If you have kidney problems, speak with your healthcare provider before taking METOZOLV ODT.

The most common side effects of METOZOLV ODT are:  headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and sleepiness. You may have more side effects the longer you take METOZOLV ODT and the more you take. Tell your doctor about any side effects that bother you or do not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of METOZOLV ODT.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

Please see complete Prescribing Information for METOZOLV ODT, including BOXED WARNING.pdf

Indication for OSMOPREP

OSMOPREP® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP, and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP) Tablets are indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults 18 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information about OSMOPREP

WARNINGS

There have been rare, but serious reports of acute phosphate nephropathy in patients who received oral sodium phosphate products for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy. Some cases have resulted in permanent impairment of renal function and some patients required long–term dialysis. While some cases have occurred in patients without identifiable risk factors, patients at increased risk of acute phosphate nephropathy may include those with increased age, hypovolemia, increased bowel transit time (such as bowel obstruction), active colitis, or baseline kidney disease, and those using medicines that affect renal perfusion or function (such as diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers [ARBs], and possibly nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs]).

It is important to use the dose and dosing regimen as recommended (PM/AM split dose).

Do not take OSMOPREP® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP, and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP) if you have had a kidney biopsy that shows you have kidney problems because of too much phosphate, a blockage of your intestines, had stomach surgery involving stapling or bypass, a hole or opening in your intestines, significant irritation of the bowels such as toxic megacolon or toxic colitis, or you are allergic to sodium phosphate salts or any of the ingredients in OSMOPREP.

Rare, but serious kidney problems can happen in people who take medicines made with sodium phosphate, including OSMOPREP, to clean the colon before colonoscopy. These kidney problems can sometimes lead to kidney failure or the need for dialysis. These problems occur within a few days, but may develop several months after taking OSMOPREP.

Conditions that can make you more at risk for having serious kidney problems with OSMOPREP include: the loss of too much body fluid (dehydration), slow moving bowels, bowels blocked with stool (constipation), severe stomach pain or bloating, any disease that causes bowel inflammation (colitis), kidney disease or kidney problems, heart failure, and the use of water pills or non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Your age may also affect your risk for having kidney problems with OSMOPREP. Talk to your doctor before you start to take OSMOPREP.

If you have a history of seizures or are at risk for seizures due to certain medications (such as tricyclic antidepressants), are undergoing withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines, or if you have hyponatremia, you should talk to your doctor before you take OSMOPREP.

If you have been told you are at high risk for developing an arrhythmias or irregular heartbeat, you should tell your doctor.

It is important to drink sufficient liquids before, during, and after use of OSMOPREP.

If you have had an inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis or a blockage/opening of your intestines, tell your doctor before taking OSMOPREP.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing, talk to your healthcare provider before taking OSMOPREP.

In clinical trials, the most common side effects occurring in at least 3% of adult patients taking OSMOPREP were bloating, abdominal (stomach) pain, nausea, and vomiting.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

Please see complete Prescribing Information for OSMOPREP, including BOXED WARNING.

Indication for OSMOPREP

OSMOPREP® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP, and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP) Tablets are indicated for cleansing of the colon as a preparation for colonoscopy in adults 18 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information about OSMOPREP

WARNINGS

There have been rare, but serious reports of acute phosphate nephropathy in patients who received oral sodium phosphate products for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy. Some cases have resulted in permanent impairment of renal function and some patients required long–term dialysis. While some cases have occurred in patients without identifiable risk factors, patients at increased risk of acute phosphate nephropathy may include those with increased age, hypovolemia, increased bowel transit time (such as bowel obstruction), active colitis, or baseline kidney disease, and those using medicines that affect renal perfusion or function (such as diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme [ACE] inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers [ARBs], and possibly nonsteroidal anti–inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs]).

It is important to use the dose and dosing regimen as recommended (PM/AM split dose).

OSMOPREP® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP, and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP) Tablets are contraindicated in patients with a biopsy-proven acute phosphate nephropathy, gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction, gastric bypass or stapling surgery, bowel perforation, toxic colitis, toxic megacolon, and known allergy or hypersensitivity to sodium phosphate salts or any component of OSMOPREP.

Renal impairment may occur with OSMOPREP. Assess renal function before treatment and during therapy. Use OSMOPREP with caution in patients with impaired renal function (creatinine clearance less than 30mL/minute), patients with a history of acute phosphate nephropathy, known or suspected electrolyte disturbances (such as dehydration), or people taking concomitant medications that may affect electrolyte levels (such as diuretics). Patients with electrolyte abnormalities (such as hypernatremia, hyperphosphatemia, hypokalemia, or hypocalcemia) should have their electrolytes corrected before treatment with OSMOPREP Tablets.

Seizures due to electrolyte abnormalities can occur. OSMOPREP should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures or at higher risk of seizure [e.g. patients using concomitant medications that lower the seizure threshold (such as tricyclic antidepressants), patients withdrawing from alcohol or benzodiazepines, or patients with known or suspected hyponatremia].

Use caution in patients with higher risk of arrhythmias (e.g., patients with a history of cardiomyopathy, prolonged QT, uncontrolled arrhythmias, or recent myocardial infarction).

Advise patients to hydrate adequately before, during, and after the use of OSMOPREP.

Use OSMOPREP with caution in patients with history of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In patients with suspected GI obstruction or perforation, rule out the diagnosis before administration of OSMOPREP.

Animal reproduction studies have not been performed. OSMOPREP should only be given to a pregnant woman if clearly needed.

In clinical trials, the most commonly reported adverse reactions (reporting frequency >3%) were abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

Please see complete Prescribing Information for OSMOPREP, including BOXED WARNING.

Indication for GLUMETZA

  • GLUMETZA is a prescription medicine that contains metformin hydrochloride used with diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
  • GLUMETZA is not for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • GLUMETZA is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).

Important Safety Information about GLUMETZA

WARNING: LACTIC ACIDOSIS

  • Metformin, the active ingredient in GLUMETZA, can cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the blood) that can result in death. Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency and must be treated in the hospital.
  • Discontinue GLUMETZA immediately and contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, which could be signs of lactic acidosis: feel very weak or tired; have unusual (not normal) muscle pain; have trouble breathing; have unusual sleepiness or sleep longer than usual; have unexplained stomach or intestinal problems with nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea; feel cold, especially in your arms and legs; feel dizzy or lightheaded; or have a slow or irregular heartbeat.
  • You have a higher chance of getting lactic acidosis if you have kidney or liver problems; have congestive heart failure that requires treatment with medicines; drink a lot of alcohol (very often or short-term "binge" drinking); get dehydrated (lose a large amount of body fluids); have certain x-ray tests with injectable dyes or contrast agents; have surgery; have a heart attack, severe infection, or stroke; or are 80 years of age or older and have not had your kidney function tested.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Talk to your doctor before starting GLUMETZA if you have a diagnosis of kidney or liver dysfunction or if you are being treated for congestive heart failure.
  • Do not take GLUMETZA if you are allergic to metformin hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients in GLUMETZA.
  • GLUMETZA is not for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • GLUMETZA is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).

ADVERSE REACTIONS

  • The most common side effects of GLUMETZA include diarrhea, nausea, and hypoglycemia. If experienced, these side effects generally resolve after several weeks of continuous therapy.
  • GLUMETZA alone does not usually cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). However, low blood sugar may occur when GLUMETZA is used in combination with certain other diabetes medications such as a sulfonylurea or insulin.
  • Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may include:
    • headache
    • drowsiness
    • weakness
    • dizziness
    • confusion
    • irritability
    • hunger
    • fast heart beat
    • sweating
    • feeling jittery (nervousness or nervous shaking)

DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, both prescription and non-prescription drugs, including vitamins and herbal supplements. GLUMETZA may interact with other medicines you are currently taking. Your doctor may order laboratory testing to monitor these interactions.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

  • The safety and effectiveness of GLUMETZA in children younger than 18 years of age have not been established.
  • GLUMETZA should be used with caution in elderly patients due to the possibility of undiagnosed kidney or liver dysfunction.

GLUMETZA is available by prescription only. For additional information, talk to your doctor and see Full Prescribing Information including Patient Labeling.pdf

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For product information, adverse event reports, and product complaint reports, please contact:

Salix Product Information Call Center
Phone: 1-800-508-0024
Fax: 1-510-595-8183
Email: salix@medcomsol.com

Please see complete Prescribing Information for GLUMETZA.pdf

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