Bontril is used as an appetite suppressant. It is used in
conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce weight.
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION: Take Bontril on an empty
stomach, once daily, 30-60 minutes before breakfast. 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
SIDE EFFECTS: Blurred vision, dizziness,
dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or constipation
may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to Bontril.
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 further information.
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: Bontril 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 of
Bontril, 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.