In my first article I examined in some detail the use, effects and administration of two of the prescription weight loss drugs, namely: phentermine and xenical. In this article, we’re going to look into two others such as meridia and bontril.
This medication is used to reduce excess body weight (obesity).
How to Take This Medication
Take by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
The full effect onweight may require four to six weeks. Do not increase
your dose, take it more frequently oruse it for a longer period of time than
prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming.
Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop
drug without yourdoctor’s approval. Over time, this drug may not work
as well as it did at thebeginning.Consult your doctor if weight increases.
Dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation and difficulty sleeping may occur.
If these effectspersist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history,
including any allergies (especially drug allergies), liver or kidney disease,
high blood pressure or heart disease,history of stroke or seizures,
certain eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa), glaucoma(narrow angle),
or history of gallstones. Limit alcohol intake, as it may worsen certain side
effects of this medication. It is recommended that women of child-bearing
age should use effective birth control while taking this medication.
This drug is not recommended for useduring pregnancy. Consult your
doctor before using this drug. It is not known whether this
drug is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant,
breast-feedingwhile using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor
before breast-feeding. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects
of this drug. Use cautiously.
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may
use, especiallyother weight reducing agents (e.g., diethylpropion), drugs
that can raise blood pressure suchas decongestants (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine), cough suppressants(e.g., dextromethorphan),
antidepressants (e.g., nefazodone, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline,
fluvoxamine, venlafaxine), lithium, psychiatric medications
(e.g., MAO Inhibitorssuch as selegiline, moclobemide, furazolidone,
phenelzine, tranylcypromine), drugs formigraines
(e.g., dihydroergotamine, sumatriptan), tryptophan, certain
narcotic painrelievers (e.g., meperidine, pentazocine, fentanyl),
ketoconazole, erythromycin, highblood pressure medicine or any drugs
which can cause drowsiness, including certainantihistamines
(e.g., diphenhydramine), sedatives and anti-seizure drugs.
Antihistaminesand decongestants may be found in many nonprescription
drugs for cough and cold. Consultyour pharmacist. MAO Inhibitors
(see above) and this drug should not be taken together. If an MAO
Inhibitor or this drug is stopped, wait 2 weeks before starting the other drug.
Do not share this medication with others. This medication
should be used in addition to areduced calorie diet. Blood
pressure and pulse may be measured and laboratory tests
performed to monitor side effects.
If you miss a dose, take 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 doseto catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F
(15-30 degrees C) away from lightand moisture. Keep this and
all medications out of the reach of children.
This medication is used as an appetite suppressant. It is used in
conjunction with an overalldiet plan to reduce weight.
How to Take This Medication
This medication is best taken on an empty stomach one hour before
meals. Sustained-releaseor long acting products must be swallowed
whole. Crushing or chewing them will destroy thelong 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.
Blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability,
stomach upset or constipationmay occur the first few days as
your body adjusts to the medication. If these effectspersist or
become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you
experiencechest 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.
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 andmust 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 orpharmacist for further information.
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.
Appetite suppressants are not a substitute for proper diet.
For maximum effects, this mustbe used in conjunction with a
diet and exercise program. Do not share this medication with
If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip
the missed dose and resumeyour usual dosing schedule.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.
Keep this and all medicationsout of the reach of children.
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