Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is taken, it may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence).

This medicine is available in 3 forms: extended-release capsules, slow-release capsules, and tablets. Ask your doctor which dosage form is right for you.

Swallow the extended-release capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for a reduced-calorie diet plan and regular exercise. Talk with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For weight loss:
    • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
      • Adults and teenagers 17 years of age and older—One capsule or 105 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken 30 to 60 minutes before the morning meal.
      • Children younger than 17 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For oral dosage form (slow-release capsules):
      • Adults and teenagers—One capsule or 105 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken 30 to 60 minutes before the morning meal.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For oral dosage form (tablets):
      • Adults—One tablet or 35 milligrams (mg) two or three times a day, taken one hour before meals. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 2 tablets three times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.