Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Taking the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time will minimise side effects.
Some side effects can be serious. STOP taking Motifene and tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
These are the other side effects known about so far with Motifene:
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Headache, dizziness or giddiness, vertigo, sickness, feeling sick, flatulence, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, changes in blood test results, skin rashes.
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Liver problems including hepatitis and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), sleepiness, rashes and spots, swelling caused by a build-up of fluid (known as ‘oedema’).
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
Memory problems, pins and needles, disorientation, impaired hearing, insomnia, irritability, fits, anxiety, nightmares, tremor, mood changes, psychotic reactions, changes in taste, stiff neck, depression, confusion, hallucinations, bleeding in the brain, feeling unwell, tiredness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), blurred vision, double vision, eye pain, constipation (including blockages), problems swallowing, hair loss, eczema, unusual bruising, kidney problems, urinary problems (e.g. any change in the usual amount or colour of the urine), severe liver problems including liver failure, sensitivity to light, flaky skin, blisters on the skin and sore mouth/eyes, inflammation of the pancreas, swelling of the tongue, high blood pressure, inflammation of the blood vessels, chest pain, palpitations, heart failure, inflammation of the lungs, changes in blood cell levels.
Medicines such as Motifene may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack (“myocardial infarction”) or stroke.