Agents for Obesity
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PHENTERMINE (FEN ter meen) decreases your appetite. It is used with a reduced calorie diet and exercise to help you lose weight.
Adipex-P may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor''s advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children 17 years or older for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Adipex-P contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Adipex-P is only for you. Do not share Adipex-P with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-changes in emotions or moods
-changes in vision
-chest pain or chest tightness
-fast, irregular heartbeat
-feeling faint or lightheaded
-increased blood pressure
-signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination
-unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
-changes in taste
-constipation or diarrhea
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Adipex-P. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
-MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disorders
-certain medicines for high blood pressure
-medicines for colds or breathing difficulties like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
-medicines for diabetes
-stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-agitation or nervousness
-high blood pressure
-history of drug abuse or addiction
-history of stroke
-lung disease called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
-taken an MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in last 14 days
-taking stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
-an unusual or allergic reaction to phentermine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care provider for regular checks on your progress.
Do not stop taking except on your health care provider''s advice. You may develop a severe reaction. Your health care provider will tell you how much medicine to take.
Do not take this medicine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. Ask your healthcare provider if changes in diet or medicines are needed if you have diabetes.
Women should inform their health care provider if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Losing weight while pregnant is not advised and may cause harm to the unborn child. Talk to your health care provider for more information.
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
This medicine may cause harm and death if it is taken by other adults, children, or pets. Return medicine that has not been used to an official disposal site. Contact the DEA at 1-800-882-9539 or your city/county government to find a site. If you cannot return the medicine, mix any unused medicine with a substance like cat litter or coffee grounds. Then throw the medicine away in a sealed container like a sealed bag or coffee can with a lid. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed.