Is It Safe for Me to Take Alupent?
Some Alupent Warnings and PrecautionsFollowing are some warnings and precautions to be aware of with Alupent:
- Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are using Alupent more frequently than usual. Asthma symptoms can worsen very quickly and can become a medical emergency.
- Using Alupent alone is rarely the best asthma treatment. Your healthcare provider should consider prescribing additional asthma medications.
- Rarely, Alupent can make bronchospasms (spasms of the airways) worse, which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if Alupent makes your asthma worse.
- Alupent can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. This can result in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) -- though low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if he or she recommends Alupent in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when taking Alupent, as Alupent may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
- Alupent can interact with certain other medications (see Alupent Drug Interactions).
- Alupent is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that Alupent may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Alupent during pregnancy (see Alupent and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if Alupent passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Alupent (see Alupent and Breastfeeding for more information).