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Phentermine and Health Considerations

Phentermine and Health
Phentermine Use
Phentermine Precautions
Phentermine Side Effects

      There are a number of health conditions that may an individual a poor candidate for Phentermine use. These include:

1) Allergies

      Allergies are an important consideration when using any prescription medication. Talk to your doctor about any allergies you have, including food allergies and allergies to preservatives or dyes. Do not take Phentermine if you've previously experienced an allergic reaction to Phentermine or any other sympathomimetic appetite suppressant. Inform your doctor, prior to taking Phentermine, if you have had allergic reactions to any of the following drugs: amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, ephedrine, epinephrine, isoproterenol, norepinephrine, phenylephrine, metaproterenol, methamphetamine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, or terbutaline.

2) Diet

      It is vitally important to eat a calorie reduced diet while taking Phentermine.

3) Pregnancy

      Phentermine is not advised for use in pregnant women, or women who believe they may become pregnant. There are dangers associated with Phentermine use in pregnant women, including withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby, as well as potential birth defects.

4) Breast Feeding

      Using Phentermine while breasts feeding is not recommended. Some sympathomimetic appetite suppressants pass into breast milk and can cause negative effects in nursing babies.

5) Children and Adolescents

      Phentermine has only been studied for its effects on adults. For this reason, Phentermine is not recommended for use by individuals under age 16.

6) Older Adults

      Like many prescription medications, Phentermine has not been specifically tested with older or elderly patients. Phentermine is not recommended for use with older adults, as unwanted and unknown side effects may emerge.

7) Other Medicines

      It is important to inform your doctor about all other medications being taken prior to taking Phentermine. Your doctor may conclude that Phentermine should not be taken while using a particular medication, or may decide to alter the dosage of either Phentermine or the other medication when the two are taken together. Certain medications may cause complications when taken at the same time as Phentermine. These include:

- Amantadine (example - Symmetrel)
- Amphetamines
- Caffeine (example - cold medications)
- Chlophedianol (example - Ulone)
- Cocaine
- Asthma and other breathing medications
- Cold, sinus and allergy medications
- Methylphenidate (example - Ritalin)
- Nabilone (example - Cesamet)
- Pemoline (example - Cylert)
- Appetite suppressants (example - other diet pills)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (example - citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft)
- Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor activity (example - isocarboxazid (Marplan), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), procarbazine (Matulane), selegiline (Eldepryl), tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Tricyclic antidepressants (example - amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Pertofrane), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl), protriptyline (Vivactil), trimipramine (Surmontil)

8) Other Medical Problems

      The existence of certain medical problems may make an individual a poor candidate for Phentermine use. These include:

- Any history or presence of alcohol abuse
- Any history of presence of drug abuse or dependence
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Epilepsy
- Family history of mental illness
- Glaucoma
- Heart or blood vessel disease
- Mental illness
- Overactive thyroid
- Kidney disease

Discuss any and all questions about health conditions and Phentermine with a qualified medical doctor.

Learn more about phentermine and other medications at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research website. Find more information about phentermine diet pills at the National Institutes of Health.

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