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In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Use of phentermine is not recommended in children 16 years of age and younger. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of phentermine in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving phentermine.
Studies in women breastfeeding have demonstrated harmful infant effects. An alternative to this medication should be prescribed or you should stop breastfeeding while using this medicine.
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 this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Agitated state (very nervous or anxious) or
Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), history of or
Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), serious or
Congestive heart failure, history of or
Drug abuse or dependence, history of or
Heart or blood vessel disease (eg, coronary artery disease), history of or
Hypertension (high blood pressure) that is not controlled, history of or
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or
Stroke, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
Allergy to tartrazine—Suprenza™ contains tartrazine. Patients with this condition may have an allergic reaction.
Heart valve disease or
Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
Pulmonary hypertension (elevated pressure in the lungs)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Kidney disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
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