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   Novasal

Novasal
Mg Salicylate/phenytolx Oral


Novasal is a combination of an anti-inflammatory agent and an antihistamine used to relieve the pain and swelling (inflammation) of arthritis.

 
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Uses
Novasal is a combination of an anti-inflammatory agent and an antihistamine used to relieve the pain and swelling (inflammation) of arthritis.


Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, fast or deep breathing, ringing in ears, abnormal behavior, exhaustion, and loss of consciousness.

How To Use
  • Take Novasal by mouth, generally 3 to 4 times daily with food or a full glass of milk (8oz.
  • or 240 ml) as directed by your doctor.
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

Side Effects
  • Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness and dry mouth may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
  • To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water or use a saliva substitute.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: stomach pain, black stools, vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, blurred vision, a change in amount of urine.
  • An allergic reaction to Novasal is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney or liver problems, heart disease, bleeding disorders, stomach/intestinal ulcers, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma (narrow angle), asthma, allergies (especially to aspirin or NSAID such as ibuprofen).
  • Novasal may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.
  • Novasal may cause stomach bleeding.
  • Daily use of alcohol and Novasal may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
  • Inform your dentist or doctor that you are using Novasal, especially before surgery.
  • Caution is advised when prescribing or using Novasal in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of Novasal.
  • Novasal contains a drug similar to aspirin.
  • Children and teenagers should not take Novasal if they have chickenpox, influenza or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reye s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
  • Novasal should be used only when clearly needed during the first six months of pregnancy; it is not recommended for use during the last three months of pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before using Novasal.
  • Novasal passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double-up the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: probenecid, sulfinpyrazone, phenylbutazone, blood thinners (e.g., warfarin, heparin), aspirin and other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen), acetazolamide, diabetes drugs (e.g., sulfonylureas such as chlorpropamide, tolbutamide), methotrexate.
  • Also report use of drugs that cause drowsiness such as: sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines, anti-seizure drugs (e.g.
  • phenytoin), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine).
  • Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products or pain relievers/fever reducers) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients, or aspirin-like NSAIDs.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
  • Novasal may interfere with certain laboratory tests, including certain urine sugar tests for diabetics (such as Clinistix, Tes-Tape or Clinitest).
  • Inform laboratory personnel that you are taking Novasal.
  • Ask your pharmacist for more details.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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