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Generic Name: Suprenza

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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-agitation
-glaucoma
-heart disease
-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
-thyroid disease
-an unusual or allergic reaction to phentermine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. The tablets should stay in the bottle until immediately before you take your dose. Use dry hands to remove the dose from the bottle. Do not cut or split the tablets in half. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, and then swallow. While you may take these tablets with water, it is not necessary to do so. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

-duloxetine
-MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
-medicines for colds or breathing difficulties like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
-procarbazine
-sibutramine
-SSRIs like citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, and sertraline
-stimulants like dexmethylphenidate, methylphenidate or modafinil
-venlafaxine
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

-medicines for diabetes

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 is 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.

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