Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
If you are using this medicine for an ongoing illness, your dose may need to be changed occasionally. Some people take this medicine only every other day, which helps to decrease side effects.
Take your medicine in the morning, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin, cyclosporine (Sandimmune®, Neoral®), phenobarbital (Luminol®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), rifampin (Rifadin®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), troleandomycin (TAO®), high-dose aspirin, a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®), or diabetes medicine (insulin or oral medicine such as Avandia®, Glucophage®).
Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving this medicine. Vaccines may not work as well, or they could make you ill while you are using this medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, tuberculosis, Strongyloides (threadworm) infection, thyroid problems, liver disease, mental or emotional problems, eye disease (especially herpes), stomach or digestive problems, osteoporosis, or myasthenia gravis.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
Avoid people who are sick or have infections, because you may get sick more easily. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor if you have any events causing unusual stress or anxiety in your life. Your dose of this medicine may need to be changed.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.