Tarka Precautions and Warnings

Some Tarka Warnings and Precautions

Some precautions and warnings for Tarka to be aware of include:
 
  • There are a number of medicines that Tarka can potentially interact with (see Tarka Drug Interactions).
     
  • Tarka is more likely than other drugs to cause allergic reactions. For example, there have been reports of severe allergic reactions occurring in people who were taking Tarka during dialysis. There have also been reports of severe reactions in people getting bee or wasp venom to protect against stings.
Make sure to discuss these risks with your healthcare provider. Also, seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as hives, an unexplained rash, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face or throat.
  • Medicines like Tarka that contain an ACE inhibitor may cause swelling (angioedema) of the head and neck, including the tongue, lips, eyes, or throat. This occurs more frequently in African Americans than in Caucasians. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you notice swelling in the head or neck area, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
     
  • In addition to head and neck angioedema, medicines like Tarka have been known to cause swelling in the intestines. This is known as intestinal angioedema. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, abdominal pain (or stomach pain) with or without vomiting. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
     
  • Tarka may cause extremely low blood pressure in some people. Extremely low blood pressure is more likely to happen when the medicine is first started or the dosage is changed. It is also more likely to happen in people who are taking a diuretic, who are on dialysis, who have congestive heart failure, who have diarrhea or vomiting, or who have excessive sweating. This is why it is important to drink fluids regularly while taking Tarka. If you have any possible symptoms of extremely low blood pressure (such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting), contact your healthcare provider. If you have fainted, stop taking Tarka until you have talked with your healthcare provider.
Also, make sure not to drive, operate any heavy machinery, or perform any other tasks that require alertness before you know how Tarka affects you.
  • Tarka is a pregnancy Category C medicine for the first trimester and a pregnancy Category D medicine for the second and third trimesters, meaning that Tarka has health risks to your unborn child. Before taking Tarka, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Tarka, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Tarka and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • Medicines like Tarka that contain an ACE inhibitor are known to cause a cough. If a cough becomes bothersome, talk to your healthcare provider about alternate options for your condition (see Tarka Cough).
     
  • While taking Tarka, do not use potassium supplements or salt substitutes with potassium unless you have discussed this with your doctor. This is because in some people taking Tarka, potassium in the blood can increase to dangerous levels. High potassium in the blood may cause signs or symptoms that include muscle weakness; numbness in the feet or hands; nausea; an irregular heart beat; or a slow, weak, or absent pulse.
     
  • This medication may cause a decrease in kidney function, especially in people who are elderly, have kidney disease, have severe congestive heart failure (CHF), or are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or diuretics (water pills). Your healthcare provider may choose to monitor your kidney function with a blood test while you are taking it. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice a decrease in urination or swelling in your hands, legs, ankles, or feet, which can be signs of kidney problems.

 

  • People on Tarka can be at an increased risk of infections. Talk with your healthcare provider if you develop any infections, such as a sore throat or fever.

 

  • If you have kidney disease or kidney failure, your body may metabolize the Tarka differently than intended. Therefore, your healthcare provider will monitor your situation more closely.
     
  • In clinical studies, medicines that contain an ACE inhibitor, including Tarka, have rarely been known to cause liver problems, including liver failure. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as nausea, fever, tiredness, lethargy, itchy or yellowing skin, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), or flu-like symptoms.
     
  • If you have liver disease or liver failure, your body may not metabolize the Tarka as quickly as it should. Therefore, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider.

 

  • People with congestive heart failure (CHF) who take Tarka have an increased risk of their heart failure becoming worse. Taking Tarka can also increase the risk of developing the symptoms of congestive heart failure in those who already have severe left ventricular dysfunction. While Tarka is usually not recommended for people with CHF or severe left ventricular dysfunction, in some cases a healthcare provider may believe that the benefits of this drug outweigh the potential risks. If your provider prescribes Tarka, he or she may choose to monitor your situation more closely.

 

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any of the following symptoms: unexplained weight gain; swelling of the ankles, feet, or legs; cough; and shortness of breath (see Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure for more signs and symptoms).

 

  • If you are nursing, certain parts of Tarka can pass through your breast milk. Therefore, if you are taking Tarka and nursing, talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should stop taking Tarka or stop breastfeeding.
     
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