The doctor or pharmacist must be notified as soon as possible if the patient does not feel well while taking METRACIN.
If the patient gets any side effects, he/she should not stop taking METRACIN without first talking to his/her doctor.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. Medical treatment may be needed if the patient gets some of these side effects.
If the patient is over 65 years of age there is an increased chance of getting side effects.
Should the patient have any questions, ask the doctor or pharmacist.
The doctor must be notified of the following and if they are worrisome to the patient: Headache, tiredness, drowsiness, weakness, or lack of energy.
Aches and pains, painful joints.
Nausea (feeling sick), vomiting.
Stomach upset, diarrhoea or constipation, weight gain.
Dry mouth, changes in taste sensation.
Difficulty sleeping, nightmares.
Confusion, short-term memory loss, inability to concentrate.
Increased sweating, runny or blocked nose.
These side effects are usually mild.
The doctor or pharmacist must be notified immediately if the patient notices any of the following: Dizziness, light headedness or fainting especially on standing up, which may be a sign of low blood pressure.
Tingling or "pins and needles".
Coldness, burning, numbness or pain in the arms and/or legs.
Skin rash or worsening of psoriasis.
Sunburn happening more quickly than usual.
Abnormal thinking or hallucinations.
Buzzing or ringing in the ears, deafness.
Irritated eyes or blurred vision.
Problems with sexual function.
Constant "flu-like" symptoms with tiredness or lack of energy.
Unusual bleeding or bruising.
These are serious side effects. Urgent medical attention may be needed. Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, the patient must notify his/her doctor or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital immediately: Shortness of breath, being less able to exercise.
Swelling of the ankles, feet or legs.
Chest tightness, wheezing, noisy breathing, difficulty breathing.
Chest pain, changes in heart rate or palpitations.
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, which may be signs of a serious allergic reaction.
Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), generally feeling unwell.
These are very serious side effects. Urgent medical attention or hospitalisation may be needed. These side effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed here may occur in some patients. If anything makes the patient feels unwell, this must be reported to his/her doctor or pharmacist.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
The patient may not experience any of them.