Oral phentermine hydrochloride is an appetite
suppressant used for short-term treatment of exogenous obesity,
along with other lifestyle modifications.
It works by stimulating a gland, called the hypothalamus,
and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite.
Phentermine helps you lose weight. Combined with a reduced
calorie diet, it can help you reduce weight by decreasing
USES: Phentermine is used as an appetite suppressant.
It is used in conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION: Take on an empty stomach,
once daily, 30-60 minutes before breakfast. The tablet may
be broken or cut in half. Do not crush or chew tablet. 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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dry mouth, sleeplessness,
irritability, stomach upset or constipation may occur the
first few days as your body adjusts to Phentermine. If these
effects persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
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. 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 or blood pressure
such as decongestants or caffeine. Decongestants are commonly
found in over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.
NOTES: Phentermine and other appetite
suppressants are 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.