Breast-feeding: Diethylpropion and benzphetamine pass into breast milk. It is not known if other sympathomimetic appetite suppressants pass into breast milk. However, use of sympathomimetic appetite suppressants during breast-feeding is not recommended. It may cause harmful effects in nursing babies.
Children: Studies of sympathomimetic appetite suppressants have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of these in children with use in other age groups. The use of these medicines by children younger than 16 years of age is not recommended.
Other Medicines: Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking appetite suppressants, it is especially important that your docotor be made aware of any medication you are taking.
Proper Use: To minimize the side effects of taking an appetite suppressant, the following should be considered. Most of the above are taken once daily, and they shoudl be taken about 10 to 14 hours before bedtime. For multiple doses, take the last dose about 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
Do not break, crush or chew before swallowing, many of these pills are slow release, so damaging them will inhibit their value.
Follow your doctors dosage exactly, do not take more of it, take it more often or longer than your prescription says to. Failure to follow the dosage instructions may result in side effects and increase the chances of them becoming habit-forming.
Missed dose: If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Side Effects: Side effects of taking sympathomimetic appetite suppressants include, dry mouth, False sense of well being, increased blood pressure, constipation, difficulty urinating, headaches (severe), trouble sleeping, shakiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Some less common side effects include heart and lung problems, chest pain, lack of energy, swelling of your feet or lower legs or trouble breathing. Long term use may result in withdrawl when people stop using them.
Diabetics may have issues with these products affecting their blood sugar levels
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