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One of the more important Tekamlo warnings pertains to women who are pregnant, who should not take this drug. Other safety precautions apply to women who are breastfeeding, people with congestive heart failure or other forms of heart disease, and people who may be allergic to any of the ingredients in this prescription drug.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Tekamlo™ (aliskiren/amlodipine) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Heart disease
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver failure
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Precautions and Warnings With TekamloWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Tekamlo include the following:
- Pregnant women should not take Tekamlo. This drug is a renin inhibitor, and medications that affect the renin-angiotensin system have been shown to cause serious problems when used during pregnancy (see Tekamlo and Pregnancy for more information).
- Tekamlo can cause angioedema, a life-threatening reaction involving swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat. If you experience such symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
- As with all blood pressure medications, Tekamlo may sometimes cause low blood pressure (hypotension). Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of low blood pressure, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
- If you have severe heart disease, there is a small possibility that taking this drug may increase your chances of worsening chest pain or heart attack.
- Medications like Tekamlo should be used with caution in people with heart failure, who should be monitored carefully during treatment. Tekamlo can cause fluid retention, which can be especially dangerous for people with heart failure.
- Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have kidney or liver problems before you take this drug. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely, and in some situations Tekamlo may not be the best choice for you.
- Tekamlo can react with other medications (see Tekamlo Drug Interactions).
- It is unknown if Tekamlo passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Tekamlo and Breastfeeding).