(Appetite Suppressant - ORAL)
USES: This medication is used as an appetite suppressant. It is
used in conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce weight.
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION: Phendimetrazine is best taken on an
empty stomach one hour before meals. Sustained-release or long acting
products must be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing them will destroy
the long action and may cause increased side effects. Because this
medication may cause sleeplessness, avoid taking a dose late in the day.
Take this medication as prescribed. Do not take it more often or longer
than directed. It is usually taken for 8 to 12 weeks. Use in combination
with other appetite suppressant medicine is generally not recommended.
Consult your doctor before such use.
SIDE EFFECTS: Blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth,
sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or constipation may occur the
first few days as your body adjusts to Phendimetrazine. If these effects
persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if
you experience chest pain, nervousness, pounding heart, difficulty
urinating, mood changes, breathing difficulties or swelling while taking
this medication. If this medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded,
avoid driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your complete medical history
especially if you have high blood pressure, an over-active thyroid,
glaucoma, diabetes or emotional problems. Consult with your doctor if
you think you are pregnant or before breast-feeding. This medication can
be habit forming and must be used with caution. Alcohol can increase
unwanted side effects of dizziness. Limit alcohol use. This drug is not
recommended for use in children. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Inform your doctor about all the medicines you
use, (prescription and nonprescription) especially if you take high
blood pressure medicine or MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone,
phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) or any other weight loss
medicine. Avoid "stimulant" drugs that may increase your heart rate such
as decongestants or caffeine. Decongestants are commonly found in
over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.
NOTES: Phendimetrazine is not a substitute for proper diet. For
maximum effects, this must be used in conjunction with a diet and
exercise program. Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from sunlight and
moisture. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.