Phentermine sustained-release capsules
What is this medicine?
PHENTERMINE (FEN ter meen) decreases your appetite. It is used with a reduced calorie diet and exercise to help you lose weight.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine is usually taken before breakfast or at least 10 to 14 hours before going to bed. Avoid taking this medicine in the evening. It may interfere with sleep. Swallow whole. Do not open or chew the capsules. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
chest pain, palpitations
depression or severe changes in mood
increased blood pressure
nervousness or restlessness
shortness of breath
unusual swelling of the legs
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
blurred vision or other eye problems
changes in sexual ability or desire
constipation or diarrhea
dry mouth or unpleasant taste
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
medicines for colds or breathing difficulties like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
SSRIs like citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, and sertraline
stimulants like dexmethylphenidate, methylphenidate or modafinil
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for diabetes
What if I miss a dose?
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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
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 accidental overdose and death if taken by other adults, children, or pets. 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 a 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.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood pressure
history of substance abuse
lung disease called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
taken an MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in last 14 days
an unusual or allergic reaction to phentermine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Notify your physician immediately if you become short of breath while doing your normal activities.
Do not take this medicine within 6 hours of bedtime. It can keep you from getting to sleep. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine and try to stick to a regular bedtime every night.
This medicine was intended to be used in addition to a healthy diet and exercise. The best results are achieved this way. This medicine is only indicated for short-term use. Eventually your weight loss may level out. At that point, the drug will only help you maintain your new weight. Do not increase or in any way change your dose without consulting your doctor.
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.
September 30, 2017