The dose of Antara your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any drug, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Antara Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Antara. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems; in fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
Most people do not need to discontinue treatment if side effects develop.
The most common Antara side effects include:
- Chest congestion or difficulty breathing
- Constipation or mild diarrhea
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Increased liver enzymes (see Antara and Liver Problems).
Other side effects, occurring in less than 1 percent of people, include but are not limited to:
- Muscle or joint pain (see Antara and Muscle Pain or Antara and Joint Pain)
- Serious breakdown of muscle (a condition known as rhabdomyolysis)
- Depression (see Antara and Depression)
- Weight gain (see Antara and Weight Gain).
Keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (especially if they are accompanied by a fever or you feel ill), it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately. This could be a sign of a serious, life-threatening muscle problem.
(Click Antara Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects to watch for.)